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Scratch built model of the 1900-1934 Great Lakes excursion boat by John McGann

Scratch built model of the 1900-1934 Great Lakes excursion boat by John McGann

Modeler’s Name: John R. McGann

Period: 1883-1933
Scale: 3/32″ = 1′
Type of Model: scratch build from original plans
Build Time: 500 hrs.

Build Materials:
Scratch built from original plans of wood, styrene, and paper.

Ship’s Story:
The only passenger ship built to the whaleback design. Built at West Superior, Wisconsin in eighty one days. She served as an excursion liner on the Great Lakes from 1883 until 1933. Scrapped at Manitowoc, Wisconsin 1936. Length 363′ Beam 42′ Tonnage 1,511 tons. Carried more passengers than any other vessels on the Great Lakes.

Modeler’s Bio:
Retired construction supt. Model builder for 75 years

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