History

Pictured Rocks Cruises have provided tens of thousands of guests a truly spectacular closeup view of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for over 50 years.

1920s

Formal Tours to Pictured Rocks began being offered by Cleveland Cliff Iron Company on Sunday afternoons. The “Ottawa” would leave port on Grand Island and take visitors along the shoreline.

1940s

Captain Everett Morrison began running cruises right after World War II on the “Sea Queen” and later expanded the business when he purchased “Miss Palm Beach” and “Pictured Rocks I.”

1966

Pictured Rocks became the first National Lakeshore in the United States.

1967

Captain Morrison continues to improve and advance the fleet of vessels by having “Tiger Lady” and “Miss Munising” built. The 61 foot “Miss Munising” was capable of carrying 102 passengers.

1974

The boat “Miners Castle” was purchased and the new Pictured Rocks Cruises partnership was established.

1983

The fleet increases again with the building of the “Miss Superior”.

1987

The “Grand Island” boat was build by Schwartz Marine and began operation on tours.

2005

“Grand Portal” the newest vessel used by Pictured Rocks Cruises was built and brought to port in Munising.

2009

Pictured Rocks Cruises, LLC became an authorized concesionaire of the National Park Service to provide interpretive programming on cruises.

Present

Today’s fleet of active vessels includes “Miss Superior”, “Miners Castle”, “Pictured Rocks”, “Grand Island” and the “Grand Portal”.