This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of the S.S. Aquarama taken in 1991 when it was docked in Windsor at the foot of Russell Street from 1989 to 1995. Built in 1945 for the US Navy as a troop transport ship. The ship was originally called the S.S. Marine Star. In 1952 the ship was sold to a Michigan company which converted her to a cruise ship to travel around the Great Lakes and was remained S.S. Aquarama. The ship was 520 feet long, 7-storey vessel weighing in at 12,000 tons. She could carry 2,500 passengers and cruised at 22 knots. She was used as a party ship with movie and television theatres, two dance floors with a stages big enough for an orchestra, bars and restaurants and a games room. The ship had no sleeping accommodations on board which made it difficult for the owners to make a profit. For five years between 1957 and 1962, the cruise ship traveled between Detroit and Cleveland. The owners mothballed her in Muskegon, Michigan for 24 years. Eventually the cruise ship found a temporary home in Windsor. From Windsor she was transferred to Buffalo, NY where she was going to be converted to a casino, but nothing came of the plan. In 2007, S.S. Aquarama story ended when she was scrapped in Turkey. If you are interested in other historic images of Windsor, please visit the library’s digital exhibits page “Windsor’s History and Pictures” at


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