- April 1, 1903 -- Gus Kitzinger of the Pere Marquette Line
Steamers, aquired the PERE MARQUETTE 3 & 4 from the Pere Marquette
- April 4, 1975 -- The State of Michigan filed a Federal
Court suit to stop the Grand Trunk Railway from selling GRAND
RAPIDS. It was felt that selling the ferry would build a stronger
case for abandonment of the entire ferry service.
- April 4, 2000 -- A deck cabin from the ANN ARBOR NO. 5 went
up for auction on eBay for $40,000. There were no bids when the
auction terminated on April 11, 2000.
- April 5, 1977 -- Chessie System annouced that the CITY OF
MIDLAND 41 would be withdrawn from service and only the SPARTAN and
BADGER would run for the season.
- April 6, 1931 -- The CITY OF FLINT 32 set a world record
sailing 101,000 miles in her first year of service.
- April 7, 2000 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 41 arrived to open the
shipping season at Ludington during a snowstorm around 9:00 pm.
- April 8, 1998 -- An unidentifed worker was injured in a
fall aboard the CITY OF MIDLAND 41 that was being converted to a barge.
- April 9, 1930 -- The CITY OF FLINT 32 entered
service. First Captain: Estan Bayle.
- April 9, 1951 -- The keel was laid for the BADGER.
- April 9, 1939 -- The CHIEF WAWATAM lost a bucket on her
port wheel (propeller). On April 12th, the CHIEF went to Mackinaw
City where 20 inches of the opposite blade was cut off to balance the
- April 10, 1912 -- The ANN ARBOR NO. 5 struck her stern
against the channel in Manitowoc, bending her rudder, and damaging her
- April 11, 1985 -- It was announced that only 1 carferry
would operate from Ludington that summer.
- Apirl 11, 1985 -- Glen Bowden of the Michigan-Wisconsin
Carferry Service (MWT) announced there would no longer be carferry
service to Milwaukee.
- April 11, 1974 -- The Grand Trunk carferry MADISON became
the first non-Chessie carferry to dock at the Jones Island facilities
at Milwaukee. The Grand Trunk docks were closed down in a cost
- April 11, 2002 -- Long-time skipper of the CITY OF MIDLAND
41, Capt. Ernest “Gus” Barth, died.
- April 14, 1898 -- Capain Joe Russell left the PERE
MARQUETTE 15 and went back to the FLINT &PERE MARQUETTE NO. 4.
- April 14, 1924 -- 19 year-old Edward Nelson was
killed when he fell of the dock while assisting in tying up the ANN
ARBOR #6 in her slip at Manistiqe, Michigan.
- April 14, 1920 -- The ANN ARBOR NO. 4 was back in service
after hitting a boulder, putting a hole in her hull just under her
- April 15, 1930 -- While going up Manitowoc river to dry
dock, the WABASH rubbed the parked steamer Theo Roosevelt and damaged
her upper works forward.
- April 15, 1987 -- Fire caused extensive damage to the Grand
trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS, which was laid up at Muskegon. No
one was on the ferry at the time of the fire and no injuries were
- April 16, 1953 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 22 was drydocked in
Manitowoc for upgrading of her engines and lengthening.
- April 17, 1970 -- The CITY OF FLINT 32 was sold to the
Norfolk & Western Railway for $100,000.
- April 18, 1936 -- Albert W. Ackerman , chief engineer of
the Pere Marquette carferries for 35 years, died.
- April 18, 1968 -- The St. Ignace Republican ran an article
called "CHIEF IS DEAD, REPLACED BY TUG AND BARGE". The CHIEF
WAWATAM was laid up at State Dock 2. The barge MANISTEE and tug
MUSKEGON were taking over the route once serviced by the CHIEF.
- April 19, 1917 -- The ANN ARBOR NO. 5 broke off her
starboard shaft and bent the rudder stock on the rocky corner of the
old Goodrich dock in Manitowoc.
- April 21, 1998 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 41 (former CITY
OF MIDLAND 41) was towed to Sturgeon Bay from Muskegon for the
remainder of the conversion. She was towed by the Mary Page
Hannah and the Carl William Selvick.
- April 21, 1888 -- Joseph "Joe" Russell took command of the
FLINT & PERE MARQUETTE NO. 2
- April 25, 1973 -- It was announced that the CITY OF SAGINAW
31 would be scrapped, following the fire in 1971.
- April 25, 1925 -- The ANN ARBOR NO. 4 was back in service
after grounding on February 13th.
- April 26, 2000 -- It was announced in the Ludington Daily
News today (4/26) that the former Ann Arbor carferry ARTHUR K. ATKINSON
had been sold.
- April 28, 1897 -- The FLINT & PERE
MARQUETTE steamer NO. 1 bound from Milwaukee for Chicago, ran
ashore just north of Evanston
- The Great Lakes Carferries, by George Hilton
- Herman G. Runge Collection at the Milwaukee Public Library
- Detroit Marine Historian
- Frederickson's History of the Ann Arbor Auto and Train
by Arthur C. and Lucy F. Frederickson (Gulls Nest Publishing, 1994)
- Ludington's Carferries: The Rise, Decline &
Rebirth of a
Fleet, Ludington Daily News (Ludington Daily News, 1997)
- Mason County Historical Society.
- Harold "Lucky" LaFleur