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One of the most frequently asked questions is: How can I get a ride on a Great Lakes Freighter?
Great Lakes ships are not certified to carry passengers for hire, so it is impossible to buy a ticket. A cruise aboard a lakes freighter is only available to guests which includes the shipping company's customers and some family members.

The only chance for the general public to enjoy a once-in-a-life-time cruise is through non-profit raffles donated to the various groups by the shipping companies.

Below is a list of current trip raffles, click on the image for more information and to print out an order form.

*Requirements for listing a raffle on this page

Current Trip Raffles

Trip Auction aboard the Saginaw - ends August 4, 2014 at 5 p.m.

 

Winning Bid: $5555.03

Past Winners

Win a Trip on an Interlake Steamship vessel
Drawing May 18, 2014
Winner - Jo-Anne Gronlund of Grosse Ile MI.

Win a Trip on an Interlake Steamship vessel
Drawing May 1, 2014
Winner: Jim Hogan
2 - 4th prize winners

Dave Norman
Shane Murphy
Tim Sonnega

Win a Trip on an Interlake Steamship vessel
Drawing April 27, 2014
Winners:
Linda Marthen of Marysville, MI.
Chuck Wagner of Dexter, MI.

Win a trip aboard a Great Lakes Freighter
Grand Prize: Beth Sabo             Ortonville, MI
Drawing September 13, 2013

Trip Auction aboard the Saginaw
Winning bid $6,000

Win a Trip on an Interlake Steamship vessel
Drawing July 24, 2013
Results not reported by ISMA

Win a Trip on the Edwin H. Gott or Roger Blough
Drawing June 27, 2013
Winners: Tom Snyder, Indian River, MI. Ticket #2529
*Ticket purchased through this web site

Win a Trip on an Interlake Steamship vessel
Drawing April 25, 2013
Winners: Elizabeth Sonnega of Plymouth, MI and Steve Goizen of St. Clair, MI.

Win a trip on the Algoma Spirit
Drawing February 23, 2013
Winners: Guy Numanville, of Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Win one of two trips aboard a Freighter and cash prizes totaling $25,000 - Drawing November 3, 2012
*results not reported by the Great Lakes Historical Society

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Win a trip on the Edwin H. Gott
Drawing November 3, 2012
*results not reported by the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association

Trip Auction aboard the Saginaw - ends August 6, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Wining bid: $5,100 - G. Wachholz from Winsconsin.

Win a Trip on an Interlake Steamship vessel - Drawing April 26, 2012
Winners: Fred Russell of Marysville, Mich.
ticket # 0072  and Doug Pratt of Riley, Mich. ticket # 0645

Win a Trip on an Interlake Steamship vessel - Drawing March 3, 2012
Winner: Ed Vanlier Ticket # 1365

Trip Auction aboard the Saginaw- ends February 12, 2012
Highest bid $1950

Win a Trip on the Algoma Spirit - Drawing February 10, 2012
Winner:  F. Lincoln Grahlfs, Madison, Wisconsin.
*Ticket purchased through this web site

Win one of four trips aboard a Freighter and cash prizes totaling $25,000 - Drawing November 5, 2011
Click link to see winners

Win a trip on aboard an Interlake Freighter - Drawing September 16, 2011
Winner: Ted Haapala, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - Ticket # 360

Trip Auction aboard the Saginaw - Bidding ends August 1

Win a trip on aboard an Interlake Freighter - Drawing May 15, 2011
Winner: Kim Elkins, Rochester, N.Y.

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Win a trip on aboard a Great Lakes Fleet Freighter - Drawing May 1, 2011
Winner: Victor Laden, Cleveland, Ohio

Win a trip on aboard an Interlake Freighter - Drawing March 30, 2011
Winners: Phil Papes of Port Huron
Brenda Wheatley of Marysville

Win a trip on aboard the Paul R. Tregurtha - Drawing February 11, 2011
Winner: Michael Schrage of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. ticket #858

Win a trip on aboard the St. Marys Challenger - Drawing January 31, 2011
Winner: James Fowler from West Bend Wisconsin, ticket #0422

Win a trip on aboard the Paul R. Tregurtha - Drawing January 12, 2011
Winner:
Bobbie and Vince Weiss

Trip Auction aboard Win a trip on an Interlake Steamship or Great Lakes Fleet Vessel - Ended September 25
Interlake Trip: Carl Simmons, Lynwood WA, ticket #264.
US Great Lakes Fleet Trip: J. Swindal Tampa, FL ticket #324
Life Membership in GLHS: Harvey Popovich, Waterville OH, ticket #099

Trip Auction aboard the Saginaw - Ended August 2
Winner: Amy Kopin of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Win a trip on aboard the Paul R. Tregurtha - Drawing September 14, 2010
Winner: George Chapin from Wyoming, Minnesota
*Ticket purchased through this web site

Win a trip on aboard the St. Marys Challenger - Drawing June 5, 2010
Winner - Michael Mather - Eagle, Mich. Ticket # 971

Win a trip on aboard an Interlake Freighter - Drawing April 30, 2010
Winners:
Tom Brunner, St. Clair, MI
Art Vanderlaan, Ont., Canada

Win a trip on the Paul R. Tregurtha - Drawing February 20, 2010
Chuck Neal of Warren, Michigan.
Ticket No. 1222

 

Win a Trip aboard the Manistee - Drawing January 13, 2010
1st Prize - Miles Peterle, Ann Arbor, MI
2nd Prize - Dean Hobbs, Traverse City, MI
3rd Prize - Chet Wallace, Cheboygan, MI
4th Prize - David Perry, Orford, NH

 

Win a Trip on an Interlake Freighter Drawing September 18, 2009
Trip for 4 on Interlake: Mike Priest, St. Louis, MI
Overnight stay at Whitefish Point Shipwreck Museum: Diane Clark, Paradise, MI
Overnight stay at the Ramada-Ojibway in the Sault: Bob Nitz, Hudsonville, MI

 

Trip Raffle with 3 Trips aboard Freighters  Drawing November 8, 2008
Trip aboard the Paul Tregurtha - David Ford, Moreland Hills OH #051
Trip aboard an American Steamship Vessel -John Karliak, Rocky River OH #172
Trip aboard Grand River Navigation Boat - Sean O'Conner, Richfield OH #359

 

Trip Auction aboard an Interlake Freighter Bidding in person only, ended November 8, 2008
Winning Bid $2,350

A Trip on an Interlake Freighter
Silent Auction September 13
Superior, Wi
No results reported

Win a Trip on the legendary Edward L. Ryerson
The Grand Prize is a trip for four adults
Winner ticket
# 742 Gary Withun, Oxford, Mi

Win a Trip on an Interlake Freighter
Drawing April 27, 2006
Winners: Ann Beedon of Port Huron, MI and Christian Kamm of Rocky River, OH.

Win a Trip on a CSL Freighter
Drawing March 5, 2006
1st place Jack Mallon Ticket # 1221
2nd prize Vivianne McCullough ticket # 1461
3rd prize Audrey Adduono ticket # 1006.

Cruise aboard the Charles M. Beeghly
Drawing March 4, 2006
Winner: Stuart Waddell of Brighton, MI with ticket number 1352

Win a trip on a CSL or LLT Vessel
Drawing February 18, 2006
Winners: David Ware, Toronto and Bob Watt, Warren, Michigan.
*
Tickets purchased through this web site

Cruise aboard the Canadian Miner
Drawing February 12, 2006

Winner: Chuck Wagner from Dexter, Michigan with ticket number 0120
*
Ticket purchased through this web site

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Win a trip on the Edwin H. Gott
Drawing November 12, 2005
Winners:
James Wadinski of Wausau, Wisconsin with ticket number 1494
Chuck Armstrong of Casa Grande, Arizona with ticket number 691.

Cruise aboard the Saginaw
Drawing: October 13, 2005
Winner: Marilyn Lumley of Ontario

 

Trip for six aboard a Great Lakes Fleet vessel
Drawing: September 2, 2005
Winner: Christian P. Kamm, from Rocky River, Ohio

 

Cruise for two aboard the Grande Caribe
Drawing: August 7, 2005
Results not reported by Kiwanis Club of Rogers City

Trip Auction aboard the Saginaw
Final Bid $4,500  Auction ended at 11:59 p.m. EDT August 7

Trip Auction - Your Choice of Courtney Burton or Armco.
Auction end July 29
Final Bid $7,900

 

Trip Auction - Your Choice Lee A. Tregurtha or the Queen of the Lakes Paul R. Tregurtha. End July 10
Final Bid $10,000

A trip auction on for a trip on the St. Marys Challenger
Auction end June 27

 

Two trips aboard ULS or Algoma boats
Drawing: June 23, 2005
Winner: Raymond Haller, Olmsted Falls, Ohio
Winner: Greg Hornyak, Columbus, Ohio

Color Print Raffle
Drawing: Delayed until June 9, because many stubs were out on freighters.
1st Prize, Print of "Edmund Fitzgerald" - Mr. Herbert G. Carlson, Shoreview, MN.
*Ticket purchased through this web site
2nd Prize - Print of tug "Edna G" - Capt. John M. Biolchini, Rogers City, MI
3rd Prize - Print "Tashmoo" - Mr. James J. Zabel, Westchester, IL
 *Ticket purchased through this web site

Trip aboard the Steam Boat Princess
Drawing: May 30, 2005
Winner : Bob Nicholson of Lakeport, Michigan. *Ticket purchased through this web site

Trip aboard an Interlake Steamer
Drawing: April 7, 2005
Grand Prize - Trip for 4: Floyd Baker, Kalamazoo, MI
*Ticket purchased through this web site
2nd Prize - $100: Delano Zimmerman, Neenau, WI
*Ticket purchased through this web site
3rd Prize - $50: Albert Smith, Montoursville, PA
*Ticket purchased through this web site
4th Prize - $50: Jeanne Klynstra, Hudsonville, MI
*Ticket purchased through this web site

Trip aboard the Sykes or Block
Drawing: February 4, 2005
1. Wilfred Sykes trip: Mel Riecher, Detroit, MI
2. Badger trip: Kevin Leous, Kenmore, NY
*Ticket purchased through this web site
3. Tallship cruise: Lorne Hamilton, Farmington Hills, MI
*Ticket purchased through this web site

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Trip aboard the Edwin H. Gott
Drawing: November 6, 2004
1. Tom Snyder of Indian River, Michigan with ticket number 1358
2. George Chapin of Wyoming, Minnesota with ticket number 877.

Seven day cruise aboard the Canadian Miner
Trip for 2: Mr. Steve Miller of Mar, Ontario.
Drawing: September 04, 2004

 

Trip on the Saginaw
Winner: Rick Mohr, Lansing, Mi. 
*Ticket purchased through this web site
Drawing August 1, 2004 

Two Trips aboard a Seaway Marine Transport vessel
Drawing: June 24
1. Trip on a freighter - Janet Dirtzer, Inver Groves, MN
2. Trip on a freighter - Edna Simpson, Exeter, Ontario

Trip on the Paul R. Tregurtha
*
Raffle Results not reported by group.
Trip for four
Drawing June 13
(
External Link to Port Huron Museum)

 

Trip Auction on an Interlake Vessel
*
Auction Results not reported by group.
Trip for six during the 2005 sailing season
Auction ends April 22

 

Trip on the Charles M. Beeghly
Jonene Eliasson of Ann Arbor, Michigan
Drawing March 6, 2004

Two Trips aboard an Oglebay Norton vessel
1st Place, Trip for 4 - Richard Kuehne from Marietta Ga.
*Ticket purchased through this web site
2nd Place trip for 2 - Kelly Allison from Grand Rapids, MN
3rd Place, $500. 00 - David Baake from Wonewoc, Wi
*Ticket purchased through this web site
4th place, $250.00 - Jim Valasek from Flushing, MI
*Ticket purchased through this web site
5th place, $100.00 - Roger Combs from Warren, MI. 
*Ticket purchased through this web site
Drawing February 6, 2004

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Trip aboard the Edwin H. Gott
John Swanson of Bayfield, Wisconsin with ticket number 0157
Karen Hanover of Kansas City, Missouri with ticket number 0851
Drawing November 8, 2003

 

Trip on the Saginaw
Winner:
Marcella Pittana - Port Colborne, Ont.
Drawing August 3, 2003 

Two Trips aboard a Seaway Marine Transport vessel
Winners: R. Paquin Port Elgin, On.
              Yvonne Campbell - Bayfield, On.
Drawing: June 24, 2003

Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.
Winner:
 Mr. John Pringle of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Drawing: March 8, 2003

Trip aboard the Edwin H. Gott
Winners:
Tom Fournelle of St. Paul, Mn. and John Tregembo of Plymouth, Mi.
Drawing: November 8, 2002

Trip on an Interlake Steamship Co. Vessel
Winner: Roberta Jones of Little Canada, Minnesota.

Drawing: September 21, 2002

Cruise on the C. Columbus
Winner:
Doug Steen (ticket # 281) of Wallaceburg, Ontario
Drawing: August 31, 2002

Trip on the Saginaw
Winner: Debbie Damude, Port Colborne
Drawing: August 4, 2002

Trip on an Interlake Steamship Co. Vessel
Winners:
Nancy Brethauer, Saginaw, MI
Ralph Altwies, Traverse City, MI
Drawing: July 15, 2002

Cruise on a Great Lakes Freighter
Winners:
Mr. Joseph M. Duffer - Leechburg, PA *Ticket purchased through this web site
Ms. Joyce Easterly  - Grayling, MI

Drawing June 17, 2002

Trip aboard the Edwin H. Gott
Winners: John Tregembo of Plymouth, Michigan
Thomas Schindler of Duluth.
Drawing: September 4, 2001

Trip on the Seaway
Winner: Donna Hamblin of Marcellus, NY
*Ticket purchased through this web site.
Drawing: July 3, 2001

Two Trips aboard a Seaway Marine Transport vessel
Winners: Al Leggatt of Goderich, Ontario and Zelda Bannerman of Egmondville, Ontario.
Drawing: June 20, 2001

Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.
Winner: Mary Taylor of Gibraltar, MI.
Drawing: April 28, 2001

Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.
Winner: Becky Hippert of Minnetonka, MN. *Ticket purchased through this web site.
Drawing: March 3, 2001


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"Queen of the Lakes" Paul R. Tregurtha
Winner: Herbert Carlson of St. Paul, MN.
Drawing: February 14, 2001


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Herbert C. Jackson
Winner: Dan Dyle of Port Huron, MI.
Drawing: December 1, 2000

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