SS City of Milwaukee

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SS City of Milwaukee at Elberta, Michigan in 1990
SS City of Milwaukee at Elberta, Michigan in 1990
Career (USA)
Name: SS City of Milwaukee
Operator: 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
Identification: Official No. 230448
IMO number: 5073909
Fate: Museum ship
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2942
Length: LPP: 354 ft (107.9 m)
Beam: 56 ft (17.1 m)
Installed power: Steam
Propulsion: Two triple-expansion steam engines
Speed: 14.5 kn (16.7 mph; 26.9 km/h)
S.S. City of Milwaukee
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Location: Manistee, Michigan
Coordinates: 44°15′34″N 86°18′54″W / 44.25944°N 86.315°W / 44.25944; -86.315Coordinates: 44°15′34″N 86°18′54″W / 44.25944°N 86.315°W / 44.25944; -86.315
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: 14 December 1990
Designated NHL: 14 December 1990[2]
NRHP Reference#: 90002221[1]

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 the SS Milwaukee, which sank with all hands on October 22, 1929 during a terrible gale. The 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. Also in the plans is the possibility of using the ship as a bed and breakfast. The 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.

External links


  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. "CITY OF MILWAUKEE (Great Lakes Car Ferry)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-27.