The Algomah

The Algomah (HM1ZZ8)

Location: Mackinaw City, MI 49701 Cheboygan County
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N 45° 46.871', W 84° 43.52'

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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.
HM NumberHM1ZZ8
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Date Added Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 676824 N 5072252
Decimal Degrees45.78118333, -84.72533333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 46.871', W 84° 43.52'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 46' 52.26" N, 84° 43' 31.2" W
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Area Code(s)231, 906
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 102 S Huron Ave, Mackinaw City MI 49701, US
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