9th annual fundraiser to preserve SS Meteor

By KBJR News 1

September 28, 2013 Updated Sep 28, 2013 at 10:41 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --Preserving parts of Superior's past is what the Superior Public museum does best.

The SS Meteor which sits on Barkers Island holds much of Superior's history.

"It is a unique historical vessel. It's part of our industrial history, it is an early ship for shipping on the Great lakes and people are very interested in both the ship it's self and the man who created it," said Sarah Blanck, executive director of Superior Public Museums.

That man was Alexander McDougall who created the whaleback ship design, which was like no other ship on the waters in 1800s.

"It's got kind of a spoon shaped bow, its got the rounded haul and it rode extremely low in the water so that was the big thing that made the whaleback different," said Stacie Buchanan, museum coordinator.

Only 42 whaleback ships were ever made with most of them put together in Superior. The SS Meteor which now serves as a museum is the last of its kind.

"The fundraiser is extremely important because we are trying to maintain the boat and make sure that it's up to code and safe for people to go through," said Buchanan.

Roughly 3,000 people tour the ship annually, which is why maintenance is important.

"We have the preservation weekend where all the people come on board to help preserve and stabilize this ship the last weekend in April every year. This year it's April 27 and 28, 2014," said Phil Kerber, president of the Great Lakes Preservation Society.

The 9th Annual Fundraiser featured talks about the ship's history, a silent auction, and tours of the whaleback ship.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.