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Pere Marquette (Propeller), U150740, 25 Sep 1896

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An engraving on this page will give an idea of the finished appearance of the new car ferry PERE MARQUETTE, under construction at the ship yard of F. W. Wheeler & Co., West Bay City, Mich. This is the vessel that is to be used for both winter and summer service by the Flint & Pere Marquette Ry. Co., between Manitowoc and Ludington on Lake Michigan. Her length between perpendiculars is 331 feet, over all length 350 feet, beam 56 feet, depth below main deck 19 ½ feet, depth from upper deck to floor 37 feet. The steel frames and plating will extend from bilge to upper deck, and the main and upper decks also are to be of steel. About 2,700 tons of steel will be used in her construction. The bow of the new steamer is to be double-plated with ¾-inch plates for a distance of 30 feet abaft the stem, and this doubleplating will extend 3 feet above the load line. To resist the great pressure of ice shoves, channel beams thoroughly secured both vertically and horizontally will span the hull at close intervals about midway between the floor and main deck. The hull will have six watertight compartments but no water bottom. A shield of forged steel will afford protection for the rudder, and the shafting of the two after wheels will be housed in as on the Northern line steamers North Land and North West. A more extended description of this steamer, with engravings made from working drawings, will be found in the Review of Jan. 16, 1896.
      Marine Review
      September 24, 1896
The car ferry PERE MARQUETTE launched Wednesday is number 119 built by Wheeler's West Bay City Yard.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, January 7, 1897
Steam screw PERE MARQUETTE. U. S. No. 150740. Of 5580.28 gross tons; 4133.83 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1896. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 338.0 x 57.7 x 34.9
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1897

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William R. McNeil
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Pere Marquette (Propeller), U150740, 25 Sep 1896