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
United States
Name: SS City of Milwaukee
Owner: Society for the Preservation of the SS City of Milwaukee
Route: Muskegon-Milwaukee; Elberta(Frankfort)-Kewaunee/Manitowoc
Builder: Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company
Yard number: Hull number 261
Launched: November 25, 1930
Status: Museum ship
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2942
Length: 354 ft (107.9 m) (LPP)
Beam: 56 ft (17.1 m)
Installed power: Steam
Propulsion: Two triple-expansion steam engines
Speed: 14.5 knots (26.9 km/h; 16.7 mph)
Capacity: 30-32 rail cars
City of Milwaukee (Great Lakes Car Ferry)
SS City of Milwaukee is located in Michigan
SS City of Milwaukee
Location Manistee, Michigan
Coordinates 44°15′34″N 86°18′54″W / 44.25944°N 86.31500°W / 44.25944; -86.31500Coordinates: 44°15′34″N 86°18′54″W / 44.25944°N 86.31500°W / 44.25944; -86.31500
NRHP Reference # 90002221[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP 14 December 1990
Designated NHL 14 December 1990[2]

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. In addition to being a museum to tour, she is also a bed and breakfast seasonally.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.


Herd, William. "Associated Photos" (pdf). National Park Service. 
  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "City of Milwaukee (Great Lakes Car Ferry)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 

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