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.
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.”
Pictured Rocks became the first National Lakeshore in the United States.
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.
The boat “Miners Castle” was purchased and the new Pictured Rocks Cruises partnership was established.
The fleet increases again with the building of the “Miss Superior”.
The “Grand Island” boat was build by Schwartz Marine and began operation on tours.
“Grand Portal” the newest vessel used by Pictured Rocks Cruises was built and brought to port in Munising.
Pictured Rocks Cruises, LLC became an authorized concesionaire of the National Park Service to provide interpretive programming on cruises.
Today’s fleet of active vessels includes “Miss Superior”, “Miners Castle”, “Pictured Rocks”, “Grand Island” and the “Grand Portal”.