Want to ride a Great Lakes freighter? Here's your chance

Feb 2, 2018

Have you ever wanted to travel on a Great Lakes freighter? For a mere $20, you can enter a raffle for a five-day trip, courtesy of a Michigan museum.

The raffle, being held by the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum, offers a chance to ride this summer on the Wilfred Sykes or another ship in the Central Marine Logistics fleet.

The winner gets a trip for two with accommodations in the owner's quarters, staterooms and lounge, and dining at the Captain's table. There's also a tour of the entire ship. 

"We did a similar raffle two years ago. It was with a different line and the winners had a great time. We were thrilled when Central Marine gifted us with this incredible fundraising opportunity," says Lisa Pallagi, executive director of the museum in Mackinaw City.

The museum honors the World War II-era icebreaker that worked the Great Lakes for more than 60 years. The ship is open for public tours.

For a taste of a tourist's life on a freighter -- on a trip from Montreal to Minnesota -- check out this story from the New York Times.