My View For Awhile: Marine Edition

Having concluded the festivities and intelllectual enhancement with Acton U, I turn my nose westward along with that of my car.

As part of the adventure, and to avoid lots of construction around Chicago I’ve opted for the ferry from Muskegon to Millwaukee.

It’s a splendid day.  And I’m in good company.

The owner showed my the original brochure from the dealership.  ’51

It’s a bit surreal to be listening to Benvenuto Cellini while waiting for a ferry next to a 51 Packard.


My reading for awhile US HERE – UK HERE

Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700 by Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker


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  1. My idea of travel . ‘RAH.

  2. The Egyptian says:

    Oh that Buick, purty purty, bet it rides like a cloud
    in other words,
    just like the EF, you really can’t beat a classic.

  3. Kukla65th says:

    The car was a 1951 Packard. innits time it was considered a brand on the level of a Cadillac or Lincoln and in some cases superior to both. Disastrous merger with Hudson a few years after this car was built started a decline that wiped them out by just before 1960.

  4. Would very much like your review of the ferry ride. I took it once, as a kid, and loved it, but after checking into it several times since moving to MICH, the service seems spotty. And expensive. Thoughts?

  5. JBradleyOlson says:

    A phenomenal work by Dr. Hahn and Dr. Wiker. The theological insight is profound and the historical narrative makes the book a smooth read.

  6. ghp95134 says:

    Father teasingly writes: “…Marine Edition”

    Hmmmpf! I didn’t see any Marines! Maybe you meant SEALs? … and we couldn’t see them because we’re NOT supposed to see them?

    Or maybe there was a Marine element of Force Recon “lrrp’ing” about unseen?


    [I’ll see your HOO-ah! and raise you an OO-RAH!]

  7. Midwest St. Michael says:

    I have that book by Dr. Hahn and Dr. Wiker!

    My wonderful bride bought it for me some years ago. Thanks for the motivation to dive into it, Fr. Z.

    Alas, mine is not signed. However, I once heard Dr. Hahn give an amazing talk on John 6. Afterwards I asked him if he would autograph my Bible at the beginning of John 6. He smiled at me and said, “Nobody has ever asked me to do that before!” Then he signed it.

    Pretty cool.


  8. Absit invidia says:

    All this car needs is a custom WDTPRS license plate. Every state needs one, especially WI.

    [Custom license plates… I’ve never lived in a place that has more than I see in Madison! I don’t know what that means. Every once in a while I think about getting one, but then I think that I’d rather draw less attention to my car than more.]

  9. robtbrown says:

    Travel by ferryboat can be fun. I recommend the ferry ride through the San Juan islands in the Pacific NW

  10. hwriggles4 says:

    I am a car nut, and it’s good to see others who like old cars. Is that a Packard Patrician 400? Studebaker folded circa 1964 (and another poster mentioned the demise of Packard when Hudson and Nash merged with Packard and Studebaker). My grandfather had a 1971 Cadillac Seville, and my aunt had a couple of Chrysler Newports circa 1967 to 1975 – all probably had more square feet than my first apartment!

    Anyway, men do bond over cars. Many of us in the South have trucks, but I would like to find a 1974 Plymouth Valiant with a 225 inline 6. It’s amazing today that several men don’t know much about cars or how to make simple repairs. My dad trained my brothers and I to do maintenance and some repairs – I am glad he did.

  11. hwriggles4 says:

    Spell check error – my grandfather had a 1971 Cadillac Sedan De Ville. The Seville rolled off much later.

    An interesting story about smaller American car companies was Checker. Checker built cabs for years, and sold many. These cabs were basically “urban tanks” that were built for business and a cab company would get years of service from one. Checker folded in the late 70s as a victim of the oil crisis and economics.

  12. Andreas says:

    As a retired senior Naval Officer (an ‘Airedale’ having the greatest respect for his ‘Bubblehead’ shipmates), I send many thanks for posting the photo of the USS Silversides (SS-236). Commissioned abit more than a week after the raid on Pearl Harbor, the Silversides was one of the first of the new Gato-class submarines to go into battle in he Pacific. During its wartime tour, the Silversides achieved a most impressive record, having made “14 patrols and (sinking) 23 vessels”. The ship was retired in the late 1960s and, subsequent to its time in Chicago, made a final cross-lake cruise to its final home port in Muskegon. (ref:

  13. Semper Gumby says:

    Great photos Fr. Z, a visual feast.

    ghp95134: Yep, those lrrp’ers are hard to spot. On the other hand, if Fr. Z swung his camera farther down the beach, he might have snapped a photo of Force Recon glrrp’ers (Great Lakes Rest and Recreation Participants). They would be a group of guys on beach chairs with short hair, most with farmer’s tans, merrily making their way through a five-gallon tub of ice cream using soup ladles. Semper Fi and RLTW.

    MSM: That is cool.

    hwiggles4: That is interesting, might have to swap my future personal Humvee for a Checker cab. (The surprise factor of an “enhanced” Checker cab would be excellent.)

    Andreas: Thanks for the info. I’ve seen the U-505 in Chicago, but will have to check out the Silversides sometime. I once spent six months onboard the Gator Navy- Go Navy, Beat Army!

  14. terentiaj63 says:

    Many years ago, my family took the midnight ferry from WI to MI. There was no moon and the sky was absolutely clear. The lake was mirror smooth. Because we had two small children, we had booked a cabin but the night was so beautiful we stayed on the deck all night. It was like we were sailing through the stars. I was unchurched at the time but I remember praying, “Oh God, if I make it to heaven, please let me spend it traveling through stars like these.”

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