City of Milwaukee Rail Ferry
Her many years of service ended in 1981 after last serving the Ann Arbor Railroad after the vessel was sold to the State of Michigan in 1978. The Northwest Michigan Maritime Museum and residents of Frankfort, Michigan petitioned the state and saved the vessel from the scrappers in 1983. In 1985 a separate non-profit membership corporation was established to manage the ship, then called the Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee. In 1990 the ship was declared a National Historic Landmark. The ship also qualified as a member of the Historic Naval Ships Association, having served a role in supporting the Second World War. Unable to procure a mooring site on or around the historic Ann Arbor Railroad Marine Terminal in Frankfort harbor, the ship was towed to Manistee, Michigan in January of 2000.
This information found from carferry.com
- Ferry across Lake Michigan on Formerly Ann Arbor Railroad(previously used and built by Grand Trunk Railway)
- Manistee, Manistee County, Michigan
- Closed to all traffic
- Formerly carried up to 32 railcars and up to 300 passenger across Lake Michigan from Wisconsin to Michigan. Today it is designated a National Historic Landmark and resides in Manistee Bay where she is available for tours and overnight stays.
- - Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co.
Total length: 360.0 ft.
Deck width: 56.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +44.25933, -86.31499 (decimal degrees)
44°15'34" N, 86°18'54" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/554680/4900904 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory number
- BH 46352 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- November 22, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
- September 26, 2010: Added by James Norwood
- James Norwood
- J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com