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S.S. North American
Macatawa, Lake, Holland, Ottawa County, Michigan
color photo image, 3/4 view of ship on lake. Reverse includes informatiol paragraph on the North American
The Joint Archives of Holland
Photos provided courtesy of Myron Van Ark via the Joint Archives of Holland.
Message 33 NORTH AMERICAN Built Ecorse~ Mich.~ 1913 Length~ 259 ft. 2~317 tons About 1939 a change began to come over Great Lakes travel, and indeed over water travel generally. ~~Transit companies"" and ~~lines"" gradually shifted emphasis from one-way trips to cruises. Long voyages on the Lakes had always been enjoyable (weather permitting): but now the pleasure of water travel became an end in itself. Ideally adaptable to this shift were the white North American and South American of the Chicago, Duluth & Georgian Bay. Transit Co. Built as businesslike one-stack propellers to transport passengers between lake ports, they were glamorized by the twinning of their funnels and other modifications. By 1945, they were among the few passenger ships left on the Lakes. Today, their weekly round trips from Buffalo to Chicago or Duluth are the only overnight passenger cruises on those waters under the United States flag. CHICAGO, DULUTH & GEORGIAN BAY TRANSIT COMPANY
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