OBJECT HISTORY: The SS Meteor

The SSĀ MeteorĀ was launched as theĀ SS Frank RockefellerĀ in Superior, Wisconsin by theĀ American Steel Barge CompanyĀ in 1896. The last remaining of only 44 ā€œwhalebackā€ ships ever built, she was designed by a Scottish immigrant named Alexander McDougall. She is 380 feet long, 45 feet wide and 26 feet deep. You may notice that theĀ SS MeteorĀ looks somewhat different…

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Great Lakes Shipping and the SS Meteor

TheĀ SSĀ MeteorĀ sailed the lakes longer than most ships of her day, and in her many reincarnations she offers a portrait of how some of the industries on the Great Lakes changedā€“ and what those changes meant for Wisconsin.Ā  Launched in 1896, the then-namedĀ Frank…

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