McDougall’s Dream is Saturday
September 24, 2016!
Please join us for an Educational and Fun Event
This year marks the 12th annual “McDougall’s Dream”. This all-day event celebrates local ship builder and entrepreneur Alexander McDougall.
In the late 1880s he came up with an innovative design for a steel-hulled vessel that would ride low in the water and shed the waves off its back like a whale, which gave the vessels their popular name of “whaleback.” McDougall’s American Steel Barge Company built the whalebacks in Superior, near the site of the current Frasier Shipyards. Only one whaleback ship remains – the Meteor – now land-berthed on Barker’s Island and open for tours.
McDougall’s Dream is this Saturday September 24 at the Bong Veterans Historical Center located at 305 Harbor View Parkway Superior WI.
Afternoon presentations begin at 1 p.m. and go to 4:30 pm with topics such as, "What Happened to the Whale Back Barges"? - Elmer Engman; McDougall's Islay - David Coleman; "The Brownstone Industry at the Head of the Lakes" - Brian Klawater; "A Tremendous Opportunity" Alexander McDougall and the Collingwood Ship Building Company" - Mathew Daley
The evening events begin at 6 p.m. and go to 9:00 pm. Starting with a cash bar, dinner catered by Duluth Grill, and silent auction. Keynote speaker Niel Zoss "Historian" - The Wreck and Rescue of the Henry Cort
Proceeds from the event help to restore and preserve the S.S. Meteor and the legacy of Captain Alexander McDougall.
The cost is $15 for the daytime talks, $40 for the evening dinner and keynote speaker, or $50 for a combination ticket for daytime and evening events.
For more details, take a look at our “Events Calendar” page. To make a reservation, call us at 715-394-5712.
- Superior Public Museums, Inc.
Operating three historical sites in the city of Superior, Wisconsin.
• Fairlawn Mansion, an authentically restored 1890 Victorian House Museum.
• SS Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum, the world's last remaining above-water Whaleback ship.
• Old Firehouse and Police Museum, the last of Superior's 19th Century Fire Halls.
Superior Public Museums
906 East 2nd Street
Superior, WI 54880
SPM Business Office Hours:
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. year-round