The Chief’s Engine was moved on Wednesday September 26, 2012 from Arnold Lines Mill Slip to The Feed Station. Chief’s Engine Moving Photos
Chief’s Engine Saved:
On September 17, 2012 the City Council of St. Ignace had planned on scraping the Chief Wawatam’s Engine, but with persistence from Doug Taylor and Chuck Cullip from the Friends of the Chief Wawatam convinced the City Manager and City Council that it should be saved. The council voted unanimously to sell the engine to The Friends of the Chief for $1.00. The friends of the Chief plan on sandblasting and painting the engine to be put on display on the waterfront in a protected building. All of this will be done with donations and a possible grant. Gary Nitz a local Civil Engineer has provided a rendition of the Chief’s Engine Building on short notice, to show what can be done to display this Icon Relic from the elements. The Friends of the Chief are planning a host of fundraising events to procure money for this project.
This is the forward engine, one of three of the Chief Wawatam’s 1500 hp Triple Expansion Steam Engine’s built in 1911 at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, WI. We (Friends of the Chief) have one of her stern engines in St. Ignace, at the Feed Station on US-2. and are planning on restoring her like her sister engine has been restored in this video. Doug Taylor
Step into the engine room of a Great Lakes ship in the early 1900s and see a 65-ton steam engine come to life under your control. Built in 1911, this powerful triple-expansion steam engine was used by the ice-breaking carferry Chief Wawatam to transport passengers, vehicles and rail cars across the Straits of Mackinac. Wisconsin Maritime Museum – Chief Wawatam Engine
Chief Wawatam Engine To Be Returned to St. Ignace
Doug Taylor Collection: One of the Chief Wawatam’s Stern – Triple Expansion Steam Engine’s, stored at Arnold Lines Mill Slip as of 3-30-2012.
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Click Below to Hear the Chief’s Whistle: