MERIT CLUB CRUISE ON BOARD S.S. SEEANDBEE, SEPTEMBER 1937

MERIT CLUB CRUISE ON BOARD S.S. SEEANDBEE, SEPTEMBER 1937 - National Archives and Records Administration - ARC Identifier 93711 / Local Identifier FC-FC-4647...

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Comment by AQUAMAN on April 3, 2015 at 5:42pm

In her hayday, she was the largest and most luxurious passenger liner on the great lakes. Carried 1500 passengers in 427 staterooms on 4 decks. Note the 4 smoke stacks instead of one or two like most steamers, reminicent of the Titanic. Also of note is that she was a twin sidewheeler, like a Mississippi River type ship. Shortly after V-J day in 1945, she was decommissioned. She was scrapped in Cleveland in Dec., 1947. One other claim to fame is that George Herman Walker Bush, 41st U.S.President, trained aboard her before he went into WWII. Quite the ship indeed from history in our great lakes.

Comment by Willy on March 30, 2015 at 8:57pm

Thanks for posting this video Aquaman. When I first watched this video and saw all of the men going on board in 1937 I thought that in a few short years that most of them would likely  be fighting in another World War. I had never heard of this ship before and found this very interesting. To my surprise, at the end of the video where there are links to other videos, I found one that was named "carriers of the Great Lakes". It seems that the SS Seeandbee was converted into an aircraft carrier to train pilots and ships crews in preparation for WW2. The ship was renamed the USS Wolverine. The USS Wolverine was stationed at Chicago.

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