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Scanlon man part of Great Lakes ship discovery


September 25, 2020

A postcard depicting the Pere Marquette 18 sailing on the Great Lakes in the early 1900s.

As the crew muscled yet another railroad car off the stern of the ship and into the murky depths of Lake Michigan, Capt. Peter Kilty of the Pere Marquette 18 may have breathed a sigh of relief.

It had been a tumultuous few hours out in the middle of the lake early on the morning of Sept. 9, 1910 - 110 years ago. The ship, carrying about 60 passengers and crew, and close to 30 rail cars from Ludington, Michigan to Milwaukee, started taking on water faster than its pumps could handle, and Kilty quickly issued orders.

Jettison the rail cars to lighten the load. Change course to reach shore mor...

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