February 9, 2023 BENZONIA ACADEMY LECTURE – “Revisiting the Sinking of the Ann Arbor #4 100 Years Ago”

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“Revisiting the Sinking of the Ann Arbor #4 100 Years Ago”

Presented by:  Tim Foster

Thursday, February 9, 2023, 4:00 p.m.

The Mills Community House and on Zoom

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Program to include a Special Premiere of a Video Simulation We Created of the Event


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 will share 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 will be the premiere of a video simulation we developed of the event.

Creating the video – it has an Estonian connection – is an entertaining story in and of itself.

The video was underwritten by Luedtke Engineering.


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.