Duluth Woman Wins Trip of a Lifetime on Great Lakes Freighter

By KBJR News 1

July 24, 2013 Updated Jul 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- It's a call nobody expects to get...

The phone call was to Shirley Swapinski.. letting her know that she has just won a unique cruise on an Interlake Steamship freighter.

Raffle tickets to enter the drawing for the cruise went on sale in January.

Since then, nearly $5,000 has been raised.

The money will go toward helping aspiring mariners with their education expenses and also towards the International Shipmasters Association Convention being held in Superior in February of 20-15.

Captain Joe Walters, President of the International Shipmasters Association, says the trip is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"Unless you're working in the business, this is something that you're just not going to be able to do," said Walters.

Another winner was drawn for a round trip ride on the "Badger" car ferry that runs between Manitowac, Wisconsin and Ludington, Michigan.

The shipmaster's association plans to hold another raffle in November for a trip to take place next year.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati