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Wreck of The Car Ferry, Milwaukee
Fall 1929 would go down in Great Lakes maritime history as one of
the roughest seasons on record. At a time when the stock market was
taking a plunge and the American economy was heading into its Great
Depression, business interests on Lake Michigan were being battered
by the furious forces of nature.
- The S.S. Milwaukee, one of the lake's many victims,
was a huge, sturdy car ferry that traveled regularly from Michigan
to Wisconsin. Its skipper, Captain John "Heavy Weather"
McKay, was known for his navigational abilities, especially in
rough, unpredictable waters. Where other ships would falter in an
unforgiving sea, McKay plowed on through.
His luck ended in October 1929 when a fierce storm claimed McKay,
the Milwaukee, and its crew in a disaster that has become legendary
in Great Lakes history.
Caught up in this Man vs. Nature drama. Southport Video recreates
the story with numerous rare photographs, newspaper headlines and by
using compelling footage of the wreck.
- The third in a series of videos about Great Lakes
ghost ships, The Wreck of the Car Ferry Milwaukee is a must for
every maritime enthusiast.
- Video Time: 45 Minutes
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