SS Milwaukee Clipper

Also known as: SS Clipper, SS Juniata
2098 Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon, MI 49441

Built as the Juniata in 1904, Rebuilt as the SS Milwaukee Clipper in 1941


Closed in 2020 Because of Covid19

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2020



Milwaukee Clipper calls 'All Aboard', volunteers needed to renovate historic passenger steamer

WZZM-TV Grand Rapids filed this report about the restoration of the SS Milwaukee Clipper. The ownership group, the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Preservation Association, is restoring the historic vessel to continue being open for tours. The group also wishes to make the ship a destination and venue for weddings and other social events.

If you are in the trades and live within a reasonable distance, you could be a part of this historic restoration.

WZZM-TV Grand Rapids, 2021 Republished under Fair Use



The Juniata was built in Cleveland in 1904 and cruised the Great Lakes from Buffalo to Duluth as a luxury liner. After safety standards were changed in 1937, the Juniata was retired. She was purchased and sent to Manitowoc Shipbuilding to be refitted. Rechristened the Milwaukee Clipper in 1941, she carried passengers and automobiles between Milwaukee and Muskegon until 1970 when service ended.

In 1977, the Milwaukee Clipper was towed to Chicago, renamed the Clipper, and tied up at Navy Pier to be a floating museum and event facility. In 1983, the Clipper was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1983, the Clipper was towed to Hammond, Indiana to be the centerpiece of a proposed museum. However, in 1996 the ship was displaced by a gambling vessel. In 1997 the Great Lakes CLIPPER Preservation Association was formed, dedicated to preserving the now legendary steamship. The new owners towed her to Muskegon where she was rechristened as the SS Milwaukee Clipper and became a museum.

Update Log 

  • March 18, 2021: New video from J.R. Manning
  • August 21, 2020: New photo from J.R. Manning
  • August 18, 2020: New photo from J.R. Manning
  • April 9, 2020: Added by J.R. Manning


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