S.S. Milwaukee Clipper, Muskegon

#19 of 27 in Things to do in Muskegon
Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
SS Milwaukee Clipper, also known as SS Clipper , and formerly as SS Juniata, is a retired passenger ship and automobile ferry that sailed under two configurations and traveled on all of the Great Lakes except Lake Ontario. Along with the SS Keewatin, Milwaukee Clipper is one of only two US passenger steamships left on the Great Lakes. The vessel is now docked in Muskegon, Michigan.''Juniata''Her story begins on 22 December 1904, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the shipyards of the American Shipbuilding Company. Christened Juniata when launched, she was built for the Anchor Line, the Great Lakes marine division of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Her sister ships are the SS Tionesta and SS Octorara.The ship is in length, in beam, a depth of, with a gross tonnage of 4333 tons. She carried 350 passengers in staterooms at 18 knots. As originally built, she had a riveted steel hull and a magnificent wooden superstructure. For the Pennsylvania Railroad, she carried passengers and freight between Buffalo, New York and Duluth, Minnesota until 1915.That year, the anti-monopoly Panama Canal Act, which forbade railroads from owning steamships, went into effect. Divesting its marine divisions, the Pennsylvania Railroad sold its Anchor Line along with four other railroad-owned company fleets, to the newly formed Great Lakes Transit Corporation. Under this flag, she carried passengers along her old routes for another 20 seasons. Juniata was laid up in 1937 after the closing of the Chicago World's Fair.
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  • This place is a hidden gem. We really enjoyed our tour, seeing this old grand dame and imagining what it would have been like to travel on her in her heyday. It will look even better when they...  more »
  • There are many floating museums on the Great Lakes, but they are all retired cargo ships, other than the Milwaukee Clipper. The Clipper was built in 1903, and carried immigrants from the Eastern...  more »
  • Very knowledgeable staff. More Muskegon history to learn.
  • Please offer an abridged / self guided tour for those who do not have the time / interest in learning everything there is to know about the ship. My family enjoyed seeing the ship but the guide was using the extended play version of the tour. We had to bail 45 minutes in, covered maybe 20% of the vessel.

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