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Term: S.S. Meteor: Last of the Whalebacks (Historic Marker Erected 1974)
Whaleback Museum, Barker's Island, Superior, Douglas County
The Great Lakes whaleback fleet was the revolutionary result of Capt. Alexander McDougall's attempts to improve conventional ship design. Between 1888 and 1898, 43 whalebacks were launched and became forerunners of the bulk fleet on the Great Lakes today. Thirty-nine whalebacks were built in Superior-Duluth, and most of them were launched from a site about one mile west of here, now the Fraser Shipyards. The S.S. Meteor was launched at Superior in 1896 as the Frank Rockfeller to carry iron ore. Later, as the South Park, she carried such diversified cargoes as grain and automobiles. In 1943 she was converted to an oil tanker and renamed Meteor. She has been preserved as a memorial to her builder and a tribute to Superior. As a boy, Franklin D. Roosevelt came to Superior with his father to watch the launching of a whaleback. In his enthusiasm to get a good view, he was swept into the slip by waves. A member of the Superior Fire Department rescued him before he reached deep water.
[Source: McBride, Sarah Davis. History Just Ahead (Madison:WHS, 1999).]
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Adams, Henry Cullen 1850 - 1906
Blaine, John James 1873 - 1934
Broughton, Charles Elmer 1873 - 1956
Cudahy, John 1887 - 1943
Heil, Julius Peter 1876 - 1949
Janesville Tank Company (Historic Marker Erected 1
Kavanaugh, William C. 1914
La Follette, Robert Marion Sr. 1855 - 1925
La Follette, Robert Marion, Jr., 1895 - 1953
Leahy, William D., Fleet Admiral, U.S. Navy (1875-
Manitowoc Submarines (Historic Marker Erected 1989
Mccarthy, Charles 1873 - 1921
Mcgovern, Francis Edward 1866 - 1946
Mitchell, William, 1879 - 1936
Ohl, Henry Jr. 1873 - 1940
Paxson, Frederick Logan 1877 - 1948
Payne, Henry Clay 1843 - 1904
Pelecky, Stan T. 1934
Presidential Visits to Madison
Quarles, Joseph Very 1843 - 1911
Roosevelt, Oneida Co.
Roosevelt, Theodore (assassination attempt)
Roosevelt, Town of, Burnett Co.
Roosevelt, Town of, Taylor Co.
Rural Electrification (Historic Marker Erected 196
S.S. Meteor: Last of the Whalebacks (Historic Mar
Schmedeman, Albert George 1864 - 1946
Seaman, William Henry 1842 - 1915
Spooner, John Coit 1843 - 1919
Townsend, John F. 1938
Whittet, Lawrence Clarke 1871 - 1954
Wilder, Amos Parker 1862 - 1936