THE MILWAUKEE CLIPPER
IS BACK HOME IN MUSKEGON
Many years ago, even before the TITANIC made her ill-fated voyage, the Anchor Line operated a Great Lakes passenger steamer known as the JUNIATA. Here are two photos of the JUNIATA shown downbound at the Soo Locks on cards bearing 1907 postmarks.
Above Photos From The Nancy Johnson Smith Collection
The JUNIATA had two sister ships, the OCTORARA and the TIONESTA. Here is the the OCTARARA upbound at the Soo.
It is difficult to say where on the Great Lakes that this particular postcard view of the TIONESTA was made.
In 1941, the wooden portion of the JUNIATA was replaced by a brand new all steel art-deco superstructure and the old cruise ship was reborn as the MILWAUKEE CLIPPER, an auto and passenger ferry which ran between Muskegon and Milwaukee.
Long since taken out of ferry service, the CLIPPER has been tied up at numerous Lake Michigan ports, awaiting a very uncertain fate. Luckily, she was rescued by a number of ship enthusiasts and returned to her home port of Muskegon. Here, in a photo snapped Monday, April 6, 1998, we see the vessel tied up at her new home where she is being lovingly restored to her past splendor.
More details concerning future plans for the CLIPPER can be obtained from MARK HOWELL who provided the above photo.
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