Pere Marquette 41-tug Undaunted


Paul R. Tregurtha

Pere Marquette 41/tug Undaunted was built in 1941, is 403 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

Philip R. Clarke
Previous names:
City of Midland 41: 1940-1997
Pere Marquette 41: 1997-

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The tug Undaunted brought the ex-railcar ferry named the City of Midland 41 to Duluth for the first time on May 28th, 2009. The original ferry was launched in 1940 and was called the most luxurious ferry ever built. It could hold 34 rail freight cars and 50 autos along with 376 passengers in 60 staterooms and 12 parlors. She served in Lake Michigan until 1985, was peremarquette20090914_2935PRODsold several times and then sat idle until 1997 when she was refitted to become a barge.

Now she carries bulk cargo, in this case a new cargo for the port, taconite rock, or as I would call it, taconite, or as the Natural Resource Research Institute at the University of Minnesota, Duluth (henceforth referred to as the NRRI) would call it, Mesabi Hard Rock. The tug began life in 1943 when she was launched as the Krystal K. at Port Arthur, Texas. She was armed with twin 40mm gun mounts and served in the Second World War servicing and salvaging US war ships. She was decommissioned in 1947 and sat idle until 1963 when NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) bought her as a research vessel. Less than a year later, she was purchased by the US Merchant Marine Academy and served there as a training vessel for the next 30 years. She then went into service as tug on the Great Lakes and eventually found her way into the notch in the bow of the Pere MarquettePicture above taken Monday, September 14, 2009


Picture above taken Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Picture above taken Thursday, May 28, 2009


Picture above taken Thursday, May 28, 2009

Picture above taken Thursday, May 28, 2009

Photo above courtesy of Pere Marquette Shipping

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Valerie Johnston May 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I’m wondering what type of cargo the Pere Marquette 41 brings into Grand Haven. Thank you!


john e. bolner April 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm


my website is now listed. you can ask any and all questions of thed UNDAUNTED, and I will accomadate you fully..

John e. bolner


john e bolner January 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm

holly: I do have many stories I could tell. If you would like to contact me my e-mail is now attached…

J bolner of the ata 199 tug


holly jorgenson January 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm

sorry, john, i don’t see your email address. do you by any chance live in the duluth area?


holly April 20, 2012 at 9:03 pm

john, how awesome! you must have some stories to tell…we would love to hear some of them!


john e bolner January 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm

she sure looks mighty good…. jb


john e. bolner April 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I am now 85 years old. I put the ata199 into commision and served on her all thru ww-2. Before I leave this ole earth it is my desire to visit her for one last time. Thank you

P.S. I kept a full diary on her which has left me with many fine memories…


Suzanne November 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

This tug/barge combination is something you don’t see that often.


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