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2-27-04 Karl R. Josker



Converted to a passenger-carferry in 1955, brought to the Great Lakes and renamed Aquarama in 1956.

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shirley 19-Nov-2010 18:36
I was a young girl when I encountered the Aquarama. Our whole family was picnicing on an island in the Detroit River. She went so fast and drew so much water so much water that she left disaster in her wake on the small islands. I was thrown behind a fallen tree with my two younger cousins before the waves rushed in. It caused havoc to the boats tied up near shore - even flipping one onto my Aunt and Uncle as they tried to hold onto it. We were ready to eat and the backwash waves swept our blanket and all the food away. Several hours later the Aquarama returned and the waves swept our blanket back onto the same spot on the beach with with all the fork tines stuck into that old green army blanket!
Steve 01-Jul-2010 02:06
The old man took my mom and I on the Aquarama a number of times in the late 50's. We lived in Painesville and I remember the excitement on cruise day, getting up around 5:00 AM for the drive to Cleveland. I was a kid, but I remember even today how clean and beautifull the ship was and how nicely the crew treated us. And they had the most fantastic corned beef sanwiches! The aroma of the corned beef was everywhere.I have missed those trips since we took the last one. Can that possibly be more than 50 years ago? The Aquarama will sail forever in my memories and heart.
J. A. Geralds 01-Jul-2007 22:53
A few years ago I was driving north on 5. When I saw this ship tied-up next to these grain elevators. Now I'm from Cleveland and I said to my wife, there's the old Aquarama. Well, a few days ago we were driving south on 5 and you can quess what I was looking for.There she was, rusting away. I remember her sailing in the morning from Cleveland to Detroit and returning in the evening.