This year marks the 10th 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 27 at the Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior. Afternoon presentations begin at 1 p.m. with topics ranging from shipwrecks to shipbuilding. The evening events start at 5 p.m. with a cash bar, dinner catered by Famous Dave’s BBQ, a silent auction, and keynote speaker Pamela Brunfelt, Iron Range historian from Ely, Minnesota. Proceeds from the event help to restore and preserve the 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 $45 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.