During World War II the Clipper transported defense materials from Muskegon to Milwaukee. In peacetime, her only cargo was automobiles. Contracts with auto manufacturers to transport new cars during the winter months allowed the ship to operate at a profit without a full passenger load after most all-passenger vessels were forced into retirement.
Following extensive restoration efforts, the ship was opened for tours in August 2000. Visitors can now tour the pilothouse, some staterooms, crew quarters, dance floor and movie theater. There are also displays of memorabilia from both the Juniata and the Clipper. They include photographs, brochures, dishes and other items of interest. She is closed for the winter but will re-open this spring. Restoration work will continue for the foreseeable future.