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428 Note the tower to the left of the grain building is the old city hall in Ludington that also housed the fire department. To the direct right is the Courthouse steeple and to the far right are the twin towers of the St. Simons Church. EPcf450g The harbor tug W. L. Mercereau, owned by Great Lakes Towing Company and on winter charter to the PM Railroad, assists one of the car ferries in winding around into her slip. The small powerful steam-powered tug was affectionately known as "the little giant." EPcfcrew-049 Fred Larsen 2nd Mate Karl Wheelsman in the pilothouse , most likely this is the Pere Marquette 22. EPcf508g "Kicking up a Storm" The Pere Marquette 22 takes on a heavy roll just off the Michigan coastline in this view from the precarious position of the forward mast. EPcf494g "Stern view of the PM 17 stuck in the channel, The ice is not solid but mush and small cakes which pack around the sides and the propellers and is many feet deep." EPcf524 The Pere Marquette 22 lays down a glorious trail of coal smoke, courtesy of the labors of the ship's firemen and coalpassers. This scene was not so glorious for most people at the time this photo was taken, but it is a sight to behold in the 21st Century. EPcf535 The deck and cabin detail of the Pere Marquette 22 is clean and uncluttered as the ship lies in Ludington's slip #2. EPcf556 Opposite page The pilothouse of the City of Saginaw 31 and City of Flint 32 had a small brass steering wheel. All of the other Ludington car ferries had large traditional wooden wheels.

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