The pier once hosted the Great Lakes’ largest passenger ship.
In 1955, the SS Aquarama, at 520 feet long and 12,000 tons, was the largest passenger
ship on the Great Lakes. A converted U.S. Navy troop transport ship, it could carry
2,500 passengers and 160 automobiles and cruise at speeds up to 22 miles per hour.
The Aquarama spent one summer at Navy Pier as a floating entertainment palace before
heading into an
uncertain future. You can page through a program from its inaugural cruise
And Geoffrey Baer answers the question: What
happened to the SS Aquarama?
Photo Courtesy of the Chicago Maritime Museum