S.S. Meteor

Tour the SS Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum
300 Marina Drive, Superior WI – on Barker’s Island
last above water Whaleback ship in the world!

Wheel Room

Inside the ship’s wheel room.


Adults                    $7.00
Seniors (62+)      $6.00
Students*              $6.00
Exhibit Only         $4.00
Children 5 and under  FREE

*Students / Under age 18 or with student I.D.

Summer Hours:
Mid-May thru mid-October
Monday – Saturday
10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m to 4 p.m.
*Last tour departs at 4:00 p.m.

Typical crew members' cabin.

Typical crew members’ cabin.

Fall Hours:
Day after Labor Day thru mid-October
Thursday – Saturday
10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m to 4 p.m.
*Last tour departs at 4:00 p.m



CLOSED: Mid-October thru mid-May

The S.S. Meteor is the last remaining whaleback freighter designed and built by Captain Alexander McDougall. The ships, innovative for their time, earned the name “whalebacks” for the cigar-shaped, steel hulls that rode low in the water when loaded with cargo.

S.S. Meteor through Superior Entry

S.S. Meteor being towed into the Superior entry to begin her final career as a ship museum.

In 1972, after sailing under three names and being refitted twice, the Meteor returned to Superior and is now permanently land-berthed on Barker’s Island. Tour the ship from pilot house to cargo holds. The Museum also features exhibits on the history of shipbuilding in the Twin Ports, and Great Lakes shipwrecks.

S.S. Meteor

S.S. Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum

McDougall’s Whaleback #136 has seen many changes since the time she was launched in the Superior harbor less than a mile from where she now rests. Ending her shipping career under the Cleveland Tankers as the S.S. Meteor, she also holds the distinction of being the the longest sailing of McDougall’s Whalebacks. Throughout her career, she carried a variety of cargoes including iron ore, grain, sand and gravel, cars, and oil.