SS City of Milwaukee
Anchored just off the road side north of Manistee, the car ferry, SS City of Milwaukee, makes for a most unique day trip and tour. In fact, this stop is great fun since the tour guides are very knowledgeable, making the history of the vessel and life on the Great Lakes come alive.
After the Grand Trunk car ferry SS Milwaukee was lost with a crew of 52 men in an October 1929 storm, it was replaced by the SS City of Milwaukee. Built in 1931, the ferry operated for half a century hauling loaded rail cars across Lake Michigan. In fact, she could haul an entire train across the lake while passengers enjoyed the craftsman style accommodations above.
Now a museum ship and a National Historic Landmark, the SS City of Milwaukee is the last unaltered example of a Great Lakes railroad car ferry. The museum includes a gift shop and a Coast Guard cutter that is also open for tours.