MANISTEE — A gaggle of about 36 eighth grade Frankfort-Elberta Space Colleges college students had an opportunity to tour the SS Metropolis of Milwaukee ship museum and study its ties to Frankfort on Friday.

Brad Riedy, social research instructor, mentioned the group included two social research courses that got here to Manistee to be taught extra concerning the significance of automobile ferries and the native connections to the realm’s historical past.

“The railroad automobile ferries performed a significant position within the financial system of our neighborhood for a really very long time, for nearly 100 years and between that and the railroads, anybody who has lived in our neighborhood they’ll have had a relative that’s been part of it,” Riedy mentioned. 

One other side of the tour associated to exhibiting how economies change over time. 

“Apparently too, there’s the railroads, however a number of getting folks to the realm on the time was by boat,” he mentioned.

Riedy mentioned very like present tourism, folks within the days of automobile ferries and frequent passenger railroad utilization had been enticed to northern Michigan “to benefit from the pure magnificence.”

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The tour was cut up into two teams with one group being led by ship tour information Titus Lind. 

Lind answered questions resembling how many individuals could be within the pilot home throughout a shift and he confirmed college students the rooms and tools on the ship like chadburns, steam whistles, radio route finder, pulleys and the engine room.