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Mackinaw City in Cheboygan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Algomah

Mackinaw City Historical Pathway

 
 
The Algomah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 11, 2017
1. The Algomah Marker
Inscription.
The Algomah sank at the Cheboygan docks in July 1942 and was raised two years later. She was towed to Mackinaw City, filled with stone, and sunk to form the breakwall at the end of Shelpler's ferry dock. In 1947, Captain William Shepler, Jr., founded Shepler's ferry service. Several times a day, Shepler's ferries pass near the resting place of the Algomah, the first ship to offer scheduled ferry service across the Straits.

The Algomah was built in Detroit in 1881 to transport freight across the Straits of Mackinac. She towed a barge that could carry four rail cars but was eventually replaced by the St. Ignace which could carry ten rail cars. The Algomah, piloted by Captain William Shepler, was used as a ferry to Mackinac Island until 1936 when she was retired and converted to a barge.

Henry Ford was a young machinist at the Detroit Dry Dock Company when he helped build and install the Algomah's engine. In 1936, when the Algomah was retired, he removed the engine for display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
 
Location. 45° 46.871′ N, 84° 43.52′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker is at the intersection of South Huron Avenue and North
Left Image image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 11, 2017
2. Left Image
The Algomah
Huron Avenue, on the right when traveling north on South Huron Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mackinaw City MI 49701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mackinaw City (a few steps from this marker); Mackinaw, Mackinac or Michilimackinac? (a few steps from this marker); Mackinaw's Civil War Cannons (a few steps from this marker); Iron Horse (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Wawatam (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Mackinaw City (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dixie Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Island-Hopping the Straits (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinaw City.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
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By Joel Seewald, June 11, 2017
3. Right Image
The sunken hull of the Algomah at the site of what is now the Shepler's dock and parking lot.
The Algomah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 11, 2017
4. The Algomah Marker
View looking east toward the Mackinac Island Ferry dock on the left and the Mackinac City Marina on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 90 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 20, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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