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‘Monsters’ of the Great Lakes
Courtesy of Anuta Research
A snapshot of the old Ann Arbor Car Ferry docks at the mouth of the Menominee River will give readers an idea of the onetime monsters of the Great Lakes when they loaded and unloaded railroad cars, automobiles and trucks, cargo and passengers on their regular visits to the Menominee port in vintage times. People in droves would visit the docks to watch the fascinating ships as they performed their duty. The wooden gangplank available to passengers and crew in boarding and unboarding was also a favorite of courageous youth who used the portable bridge for diving or jumping into the river, a sizable distance between bridge and water, during the hot summer months. The first car ferry sailed into the Menominee port in 1894 and continued their cross-lake voyages for the next 76 years. The herculeans of the Great Lakes ended their glory runs in 1970, leaving a legacy unmatched in local sea lore.

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