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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Ann Arbor No. 6

Other name(s): Arthur K. Atkinson

Ship owner: Ann Arbor Railroad

Ship re-builder: Manitowoc Ship Building Co., Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Engine builder: Great Lakes Engineering Works

Engine re-builder: Nordberg Manufacturing Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Year ship built: 1917

Year engine built: 1917

Final disposition: Laid up, Ludington, Mich., May, 1995.


Reversible pitch propellors, 1959. As rebuilt, the first diesel-powered train ferry on the lakes.

Engine specs (triple expansion):

Port: 19.5 in., 31.5 in., 52 in. with 36 in. stroke.

Starboard: 19.5 in., 31 in., 52 in. with 36 in. stroke.

Engine specs (diesel): 12 cyl., 13 in dia. 16.5 in stroke.

Laid down as Maitland No.2. Ann Arbor Railroad purchased on the ways.


b) Arthur K. Atkinson (1959)


Ann Arbor Railroad, Frankfort, Michigan


Registry number: US. 214656

Hull number: 130

Vessel type: Train Ferry

Height: 22 ft.

Width: 56 ft.

Length: 372 ft.

Stroke length: 36 in.

Gross tonnage: 3241

Net tonnage: 1826

Materials: Steel

Engine type: Diesel; Triple expansion

Piston 2: 19.5 in.

Piston 3: 31.5 in.

Piston 4: 52 in.

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