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All these photos come from Christine Douglas, who frequents areas along the Calumet River.

Pere Marquette 41 and Undaunted . . . I’ve seen in the distance several times each of the past two years.  This is why I was excited when I saw Christine’s photos of the unit close up in the Calumet river.


Remember the Joseph H Thompson and Joseph H Thompson Jr. story here (scroll)? What makes Pere Marquette 41 so interesting is that it too was once a Manitowoc 1943-built self-propelled ship.  She looked a lot like Badger.

And Undaunted, started her life in 1943 as an ATR Navy tug, worked the Pacific, and has had many lives since then.

Many thanks to Christine for use of this photo.  I’m eager to see them close up and Undaunted out of the notch soon.


This follows on a post from six years ago entitled “dog and badger, which you can read here.

Really the post is about SS Badger, the last of the Great Lakes car ferries.  There is Pere Marquette 41, of course, and although I’ve seen her on AIS, I’ve never laid eyes on the real deal.  If anyone has good photos of Undaunted with the good Pere, I’d love to share them here.

But back to Badger.  This time I positioned myself to get a good shot of the anchor drop.

Here’s the best I got.

Then I saw the westbound trucks depart.

Waiting to be eastbound was this first time scene (for me):  a farm tractor in line for Ludington.

The weather changed dramatically while Badger was in port.

Below, two hours after the first shot in this post . . . here’s the car ferry departing . . .

and sure enough the John Deere was aboard, bound for Michigan.


And as she sailed out into the lake, for a long while I heard the plaintive fog whistle each two minutes . . . warning other traffic out there of its movement.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.


This 1962 WYTL has looked like this ever since I first saw her, which was likely 2005. She was built early in the string in WYTLs, earlier than the ones still used in the sixth boro and upriver by the USCG.


The photos above and below I took in 2010 in Mystic, and


this one below at the Great North River tugboat race, 2009.  Move over, Growler, who’s reabsorbed into the James River fleet. And get ready to welcome .  ..


. . . that same smile  !@#!




Undaunted!   Details later.


The last three photos come thanks to Jonathan Kabak of the USMMA Sailing Foundation.

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