|SS City of Milwaukee|
SS City of Milwaukee at Elberta, Michigan in 1990
|Name:||SS City of Milwaukee|
Grand Trunk Milwaukee Car Ferry Company, (1931–1978)|
Ann Arbor Railroad (1978–1982)
|Builder:||Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company|
|Yard number:||Hull number 261|
|Launched:||November 25, 1930|
Official No. 230448|
IMO number: 5073909
|Length:||354 ft (107.9 m) (LPP)|
|Beam:||56 ft (17.1 m)|
|Propulsion:||Two triple-expansion steam engines|
|Speed:||14.5 knots (26.9 km/h; 16.7 mph)|
The SS City of Milwaukee is a Great Lakes railroad car ferry that once plied Lake Michigan, often between Muskegon, Michigan and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was built for the Grand Trunk Milwaukee Car Ferry Company in 1931 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin to replace SS Milwaukee, which sank with all hands on October 22, 1929 during a gale. City of Milwaukee sailed for the Grand Trunk until 1978 when, as the last of their fleet of three to be sailing, she was chartered to the Ann Arbor Railroad. She sailed for this road until 1982, when she was retired permanently. She is currently preserved in Manistee, Michigan as a National Historic Landmark museum, currently undergoing preservation. She is also available for overnight stays as a bed and breakfast.. The SS City of Milwaukee is the last unmodified traditional railroad car ferry afloat upon the lakes, still with her triple expansion steam engine, original woodwork and brass fixtures.
References[edit | edit source]
- Herd, William. "National Historic Landmark nomination S.S. City of Milwaukee" (pdf). National Park Service. http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/Text/90002221.pdf.
- Herd, William. "Associated Photos" (pdf). National Park Service. http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/Photos/90002221.pdf.
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