Undaunted

USS Undaunted [ATR-126] [ATA-199] – USMA Kings Pointer – Krystal K. – Undaunted

1943-Present

Articulated Tugboat, Hydraconn Coupler; Paired with Barge Pere Marquette 41

Undaunted pushing barge Pere Marquette 41, at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, October 25, 2009. Photo by Roger LeLievre

Build Information

Year Built: 1943

Builder: Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX

Hull #244

Registry: US 995467

IMO #8963219

Laid Down: November 27, 1943

Launch Date: December 1943

Commissioned: 1944

Paired Barges:

Construction

The Undaunted was constructed in 1943 by Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, Texas as an Ocean Rescue Class Tug for the U.S. Navy, designated ATR-126. She was reclassified prior to commissioning in 1944 as an Auxiliary Ocean tug ATA-199.

Modifications

  • Repowered.
  • Pilothouse reconstructed, Pere Marquette Shipping, Ludington, Michigan, 1998.
  • Sponsons added and Hydraconn ATB Coupler installed, Basic Marine, Escanaba, Michigan, 1998.

General Stats

Length Overall [Combined Tug & Barge]: 494′

Length Overall [Tug]: 143′

Breadth: 38′

Depth: 18′

Vessel Type: Articulated Tugboat

Propellers: 2

Rudders: 1


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: General Motors Cleveland Diesel, Cleveland, OH

Engine Model: 12-278A

Number of Engines: 2


Repower

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Cummins, Columbus, IN

Engine Model: K38-M

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: 2000 BHP


History

Lineage

USS Undaunted [ATA-199] – 1944-1947

Owner: U.S. Navy

Operator: U.S. Navy

Flag: United States

Home Port: —


Undaunted [ATA-199] – 1947-1963

Owner: U.S. Maritime Commission

Operator: U.S. Maritime Commission

Flag: United States

Home Port: —


USMA Kings Pointer – 1963-1993

Owner: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY

Operator: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Flag: United States

Home Port: Kings Point, NY


Krystal K. – 1993-1997

Owner: Basic Marine, Escanaba, MI

Operator: Basic Marine

Flag: United States

Home Port: Escanaba, MI


Undaunted – 1997-2020

Owner: Pere Marquette Shipping Co., Ludington, MI [Lake Michigan Carferry]

Operator: Pere Marquette Shipping Co.

Flag: United States

Home Port: Ludington, MI


Undaunted – 2020-Present

Owner: Interlake Maritime Services, Middleburg Heights, OH

Operator: Interlake Logistics Solutions, Middleburg Heights, OH

Flag: United States

Home Port: Ludington, MI


Her Story

The Undaunted was constructed in 1943 by Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, Texas as an Ocean Rescue Class Tug for the U.S. Navy, designated ATR-126. She was reclassified prior to commissioning in 1944 as an Auxiliary Ocean tug ATA-199. The USS Undaunted was commissioned in 1944 for the U.S. Navy, assisting in salvage operations.

Undaunted was transferred to the U.S. Maritime Commission in 1947 after decommissioning from the Navy. She was laid up on July 16, 1948. She was transferred to NOAA Bureau of Commercial Fisheries in 1963, but was quickly transferred again to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. She was renamed Kings Pointer and took up station at the National Maritime Academy at Kings Point, New York, operating as a training vessel.

Kings Pointer was sold to Basic Marine of Escanaba, Michigan, in 1993, and brought to the Great Lakes, being laid up at Escanaba, Michigan. She was sold once again in 1997, to Pere Marquette Shipping of Ludington, Michigan. Sponsons to house a Hydraconn ATB Coupler system were installed at Basic Marine prior to heading to Ludington where a new pilothouse tower was installed by her new owners, along with the refurbishment of her interior. She sailed back to Escanaba in the spring of 1998 for drydocking and the installation of her Hydraconn Coupler. She paired up with the barge on June 16, 1998, and sailed back to her home port of Ludington for christening ceremonies on June 18, 1998. The Pere Marquette 41 / Undaunted departed on their maiden voyage together on July 21, 1998.

One October 8, 2000, the Pere Marquette 41 / Undaunted experienced heavy weather on Lake Michigan. While taking on 15′ seas, the wall around the car deck was broken, and the cargo and equipment on deck were washed off. The tug had to do an emergency separation from the barge, pulling her pins, and holing herself at the waterline in the process. The barge was set adrift while the tug made a run for shore, where she was grounded near Wilmette Harbor. A man was placed on the barge via a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, and lowered her anchors near South Chicago, Illinois. The pair were reunited at South Chicago and headed for Bay Shipbuilding for repairs. Pere Marquette 41 / Undaunted sat out for the 2001 season undergoing improvements, as well as receiving a custom Caterpillar mobile unloading conveyor, capable of reaching out 80′ over the side of the barge.

In December 2020, Lake Michigan Carferry, Pere Marquette Shipping, and the vessels Pere Marquette 41 / Undaunted, Badger, and Spartan were sold to Interlake Steamship Company. Pere Marquette Shipping was renamed Interlake Logistics Solutions, and the ATB pair are to be repainted in Interlake fleet colors over the winter in early 2021. Pere Marquette 41 / Undaunted continued normal trade patterns.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on January 13, 2021


Gallery


Sources

Ferguson, Brian. “Pere Marquette 41”. Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Online, N.d. Accessed 13 January 2021. <http://boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/peremarquette41.htm>

Greenwood’s Guide to Great Lakes Shipping 2016, Harbor House Publishers, 2016. Pp. 7.5.

Pennock, Isaac. “Undaunted”. Great lakes Tugs & Workboats, N.d. Accessed 13 January 2021. <https://gltugs.wordpress.com/undaunted/>