“Revisiting the Sinking of the Ann Arbor #4 100 Years Ago”
Presented by: Tim Foster
One hundred years ago the Ann Arbor No. 4 struck the South Pier at Frankfort. While some local residents are aware of the event as it is depicted in the mural at the Frankfort Post Office, most don’t know that it was a turning point for car ferry design and safety and for the Frankfort Harbor itself.
Ann Arbor Car Ferry historian Tim Foster shares the events leading up to the incident, a human interest story about Captain Frederickson, and the resulting car ferry and South Pier design changes.
A highlight of the program is the premiere of a video simulation developed for this event.
Tim Foster is a maritime history enthusiast whose family history in Benzie County dates back to 1927. He is a member of the board of directors of the Benzie Area Historical Society and also The Society for the Preservation of the SS City of Milwaukee.