Steamer City of AlpenaThe City of Alpena and the City of Mackinac were sister ships conducting service as part of the Detroit and Cleveland line. This 285-foot 2,000 horsepower sidewheel paddlewheel started service in 1893 and could carry up to 400 passengers and freight along the D&C’s “Coast Line to Mackinaw” run.
The ship ran the Lake Huron Route for 28 years. In 1921 she was moved to Lake Michigan and renamed City of Saugatuck. By the late 1930s, the once-proud ship was reduced being rebuilt as a pulpwood barge hauling pulpwood and other freight. It was owned by several paper companies in its final years of service. The ship was broken up for scrap in 1957.
D&C - Detroit and Cleveland Navigation Company
The Start of Going up North
Steamship Traveling on the Great Lakes in the 1880s gave rise to the term, "Going Up North". Prior to the railroads and automobiles. Travel by steamship has gotten luxurious. Michigan's tourism and resort areas began to grow because steamships could take a businessman from Chicago or Detroit to join families in northern Michigan Friday afternoon and return him Monday morning rested and refreshed and ready to work.