S.S. Pere Marquette 18 Historical

S.S. Pere Marquette 18 Historical (HM1URZ)

Location: Ludington, MI 49431 Mason County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 57.397', W 86° 27.579'

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At least twenty-nine persons died when this vessel sank in Lake Michigan twenty miles off the Wisconsin coast on September 9, 1910. One of the Ludington carferry fleet, the 350 foot S.S. Pere Marquette 18 was traveling from this port to Wisconsin. About midlake a crewman discovered the ship was taking on vast amounts of water. The captain set a direct course for Wisconsin and sent a distress signal by wireless. He and the crew battled for four hours to save the boat but she sank suddenly. All of the officers and many of the crew and passengers perished, among them the first wireless operator to die in active service on the Great Lakes. The S.S. Pere Marquette 17, aided by other ships who also heeded the wireless message for help, rescued more than thirty survivors but lost two of her own crew. The exact cause of this disaster remains a mystery.
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HM NumberHM1URZ
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
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Year Placed1977
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 543353 N 4867196
Decimal Degrees43.95661667, -86.45965000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 57.397', W 86° 27.579'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 57' 23.82" N, 86° 27' 34.74" W
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Area Code(s)231
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near W Court St, Ludington MI 49431, US
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