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S.S. Meteor turns 125, celebrations underway honoring its historical significance

Oct 02, 2021 06:41AM ● By Editor
Photo: WDIO-TV

By Abigael Smith of KBJR-TV - October 1, 2021

S.S. Meteor turns 125, her history and stories preserved.

The S.S. Meteor was built by the famous Captain Alexander McDougal in 1896.

Megan Meyer, Executive Director of Superior Public Museums, said it's the last remaining "whaleback" design ship in the world, resting above water.

A design made to carry a maximum amount of cargo with a minimum draft.

"It was launched right down the road here at what is now fraser shipyards, Alexander McDougal built the majority of his whaleback in the Twin Ports area so he was very significant in this local area," Meyer said.

Tour guide Marty Carpa said one of his main goals is to preserve her history.

"I have a lot of respect for the history it brings us where we're at today and without keeping it moving forward, we lose it," Carpa said.

The meteor crew plans on having more events Saturday with a tribute to McDougal, with a kid-friendly event at the Bong museum focusing on shipwrecks. The money raised will be used to preserve lifeboats and repair the steam engine so it can operate during tours.

To see the original post and read related stories, follow this link to the KBJR-TV website.

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