S.S. Pere Marquette 18
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.
Erected 1977 by Michigan History Division, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L0484.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters
Location. 43° 57.397′ N, 86° 27.579′ W. Marker is in Ludington, Michigan, in Mason County. Marker is at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive (State Highway 116) and Court Street, on the left when traveling north on Lakeshore Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: South End of Stearns Park, Ludington MI 49431, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. S.S. City of Flint 32 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Armistice Day Storm (about 600 feet away); War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); "The Abbie" (approx. ¼ mile away); "Sport Fishing" (approx. ¼ mile away); World War I Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); World War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); S.S. Badger / Ludington Car Ferries (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ludington.
Also see . . .
1. Remembering the Steamer Pere Marquette 18, September 9, 1910. (Submitted on October 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Pere Marquette 18. (Submitted on October 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Pere Marquette 18 (1902). (Submitted on October 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.