The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ann Arbor No. 5 (Propeller), 208261, 5 Jan 1911

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Detroit, Jan. 4. - After battling nearly all day with ice between Bar Point and the lower end of Bois Blanc Island, car ferry No. 5 of the Ann Arbor Railroad arrived abreast of Amherstburg just at dusk. She will wait for daylight before coming to Detroit. For a long time the No. 5 lay below Bois Blanc where the ice is heavily piled up, apparently making little progress through the windrows of ice, which in places rest on the bottom. She will have no difficulty making her way from Amherstburg to Detroit.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, January 5, 1911

Port Huron, Mich., Jan. 5. -- The car ferry ANN ARBOR No. 5, built by the Toledo Shipbuilding Company for the Ann Arbor Railroad Company, en-route from Toledo to Frankfort, where she will be placed on the run from Manistique to Frankfort, is having some difficulty in breaking a passage through the ice in the St. Clair River, which is very heavy and in some places blocked to the bottom.
The ANN ARBOR is the largest car ferry in the world, and has a capacity of 54 cars. Her machinery, which is fitted with Phoenix metal, is the most powerful of any steamer of this type in the world. She has forced her way up the river as far as Algonac and is expected to pass this port tomorrow.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, January 5, 1911

      Car Ferry Stuck in the Ice.
Marine City, Mich., Jan. 6. - ANN ARBOR Ferry No. 5, the largest car ferry on the Great Lakes, lies helpless today in a huge ice pack that has formed in the St. Clair River opposite
Here. The steamer, bound up to Frankfort, battled with the ice for 36 hours until her propeller was broken.
A party of Ann Arbor car ferry officials, who were making the trip north on the steamer, walked ashore on the ice yesterday afternoon and left for Detroit and Toledo. The crew also came ashore. It will be several days, it is thought, before the vessel can be released and repaired.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, January 6, 1911
Steam screw ANN ARBOR No. 5. U. S. No. 208261. Of 2,884 tons gross; 1,961 tons net. Built Toledo, Ohio, 1910. Home port, Grand Haven, Mich. 360.0 x 56.3 x 18.9 Ferry service. Crew of 30. Of 3,000 indicated horsepower. Steel built.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911

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Ann Arbor No. 5 (Propeller), 208261, 5 Jan 1911