Superior in Douglas County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Last of the Whalebacks
The S.S. Meteor was launched at Superior in 1896 as the Frank Rockefeller to carry iron ore. Later, as the South Park, she carried such diversified cargoes as grain and automobiles. In 1943 she was coverted 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.
Erected 1974. (Marker Number 205.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 46° 43.349′ N, 92° 3.793′ W. Marker Touch for map. Follow the signs from U.S. 53 to Barker Island. You'll see the ship before you reach the island. Marker is in this post office area: Superior WI 54880, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Stockade Site (approx. 0.9 miles away); The University of Wisconsin-Superior (approx. 1.2 miles away); Summer White House - 1928 (approx. 1.8 miles away); Burlington Northern Ore Docks (approx. 2½ miles away); The Superior Entry (approx. 2.6 miles away); Burial Ground of the Fond du Lac Band (approx. 2.9 miles away); Illumination History of the Aerial Lift Bridge (approx. 4.2 miles away in Minnesota); Lewis G. Castle (approx. 4.2 miles away in Minnesota). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Superior.
Also see . . .
1. History of the S.S.Meteor. This S.S.Meteor Museum Website gives the history of this ship as well as displays historic photos. (Submitted on August 3, 2009.)
2. Captain Alexander McDougall. "Born in Scotland, McDougall and his family emigrated to Canada in 1854. Young Alexander was nine years old, with just two years of education in Glasgow schools to his credit. Except for some night school classes as a young man, it was all the formal education he ever got. In (Submitted on August 3, 2009.)
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