The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Pere Marquette 21 (Ferry), 1924

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      The steel car ferry PERE MARQUETTE 21 (US.223976) was built by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company in 1924 for the Pere Marquette railroad for service across Lake Michigan. She was her builder’s Hull No. 209. Dimensions: 347.9 x 56.2 x 19.2; 2992 gross tons, 1501 net tons. Powered by twin triple expansion engines of 20 1/2, 34, and 56" diameter of cylinders by 36" stroke, built by the Manitowoc Yard. As originally designed, the vessel carried two masts and two stacks amidships, and cabins for a limited number or passengers, also amidships. In the Thirties, her passenger accommodations were increased by extending the cabins the full length of the main deck. A similar operation was performed on her sister ship the PERE MARQUETTE 22. In 1953, the two vessels, now owned by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, were lengthened by 40 feet amidship, and repowered with twin Skinner Uniflow Steeple Compound Engines of 19 1/2 and 43" diameter or cylinders by 26" stroke. At the same time, a large single stack replaced the former two stacks.
      Telescope Magazine
      December 1961 p. 229

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Pere Marquette 21 (Ferry), 1924