FORMER LAKES FERRY TO BE SOLD AT AUCTION

FORMER LAKES FERRY TO BE SOLD AT AUCTION

A ship that ferried passengers and cars across Lake Michigan for more than 50 years will be sold at public auction on May 2 to satisfy claims of creditors in a foreclosure.

The U.S. marshal in Chicago will conduct the sale of the Milwaukee Clipper, a steam-powered ship launched in 1905 by American Shipbuilding Co. in Cleveland.In recent years, the Milwaukee Clipper was used as a dockside restaurant and hall facility in Chicago. Its most recent owner was Illinois Steamship Lines Inc.

An Illinois judge on March 28 ordered the vessel sold after Tramps Maritime Corp., one of several creditors, sued for foreclosure. Liens against the vessel exceed $500,000, according to Alan O. Amos, a Chicago attorney who is serving as custodian of the ship.

Except for a period during World War II when it was used as a training ship, the Milwaukee Clipper was in continuous service between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Mich., until 1970, Mr. Amos said.

The 4,272-gross-ton ship, which is 361 feet long, could carry 900 passengers and 120 automobiles.