Type: Railroad Car & Passenger Ferry
Launched: November 25, 1930
At: Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, Wisconsin
Length: 347.9 feet
Draft: 19.2 feet
Displacement: 2,942 tons
Capacity: 30 railroad cars
Address for inquiries:
SS City of Milwaukee National Historic Landmark
99 Arthur Street (US-31 North)
Manistee, MI 49660
Latitude: 44.259481, Longitude: -86.314693
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The National Historic Landmark vessel S.S. City of Milwaukee is the last surviving traditional Great Lakes railroad car ferry. These unique and sturdy vessels navigated the frozen and storm-tossed inland seas carrying passengers and entire freight trains for a century. The ship features two triple expansion steam engines and four scotch fire tube boilers. The sturdy ice breaking riveted steel hull is complimented by varnished oak and brass interiors done in the craftsman style.
During World War II the ship ferried war materials across Lake Michigan and provided training for Coast Guard and Navy officers. The ship is open to the public for guided tours, special events and private party rentals.
SS City of Milwaukee is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.