The sixth and last lecture of the season, presented by former Grosse Pointer, Gregory Rudnick, who served aboard both vessels, The Centennial of the Motor Vessels Benson Ford and Henry Ford II, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

The MV Benson Ford and MV Henry Ford II were launched in 1924 and were the first two large ships on the Great Lakes that were powered by diesel engines.

These ships were virtual twins, with identical dimensions and carrying capacities. They were the most modern ships on the Great Lakes a century ago and included staterooms and dining rooms covered with inlaid mahogany, candle wall sconces, and chandeliers not found in other Great Lakes vessels.

They remained in service for more than 50 years and became very familiar to everyone along the Grosse Pointe shoreline.

Ford Vessels Centennial (photo by GP Soc)

What:          The Centennial of the Motor Vessels Benson Ford and Henry Ford II

When:         Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Where:        Ford House (1100 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI)

Time:          7:30 p.m.

Cost:           Free

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