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Article 298 Milwaukee Clipper History Column Dave Petersen I've been scouting around and have been adding some shipping timetables to my collection of different Great Lakes Passenger Steamers. Some of the images in today's column come from a 1957 schedule for the Milwaukee Clipper out of Muskegon. This ship was under the command of A.K. Hoxie until his retirement in 1954. I'd be interested in hearing of your trip aboard one of the Great Lakes Passenger Ships from our carferries to the Clipper, and other lines that plyed our lakes in the 20th century. If you have photographs to share with our readers please contact me at 757-3240, e-mail to davep@blackcreekpress.com, or mail in care of the Ludington Daily News, P.O. Box 340, Ludington, MI, 49431 Pic1 This young lady is preparing to board the Clipper, her luggage being handled for her by the attendant. In 1957 she would have paid $5.23 for a one-way trip to Milwaukee and an additional $8.69 for the car. Pic2 Lounging on the deck of the Clipper these passengers are enjoying a luxury cruise, the Clipper claimed that their oil fueled ship meant a cleaner cruise, no soot, and no cinders. When they arrived in Milwaukee they could purchase tickets to take the bus into town to shop and return in time for the cruise back to Muskegon. Pic3 Rosada Lamp, Joan Nissin, Jay Belle Bane, and Donna Wilken are running the soda bar. The ship had a crew of 110 and could carry 900 passengers and 120 cars. The restaurant on board claimed fine dining, the lounge and bar had a dance floor and music. A movie theatre was also available as were many other amenities to make this a cruise to remember. Pic4 All lined up and ready to go. The Clipper was 361 feet in length and had been rebuilt from the Juniata. The ship had to be stripped of its wooden superstructure and rebuilt. After the September 8th 1934 Morro Castle disaster (a luxury liner) where 133 perished most wooden ships were mothballed and scrapped. Pic5 This family is enjoying their state of the art (circa 1957) cabin, they look pretty happy for having all four of them in one state room. I don't recall traveling with the kids ever looking that neat and clean either. For less than $10.00 though a family could secure a room for the six hour cruise across the 85 miles of Lake Michigan. Pic6 The Juniata was built in 1904 for the anchor line of the Pennsylvania Railroad before being sold and aquired by the newly formed Great Lakes Transit Co. in 1915. She was laid up in 1937 but was given a reprieve and in 1941 made her maiden voyage as the Milwaukee Clipper, and continued making runs to Milwaukee for the next 29 years. Currently docked in Muskegon she is being restored by volunteers.

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