SS Meteor

THE SS METEOR IS CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON

(from October 7th 2019 thru mid-May 2020)

Tour the SS Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum
300 Marina Drive, Superior WI – on Barker’s Island
The
last above-water Whaleback ship in the world! Exhibit space is open during regular hours. If it is hot outside (above 85 F) call ahead (715-718-0160 or 715-394-5712) to make sure that we are open. If it is above 85 F inside the ship we will close early.

Wheel Room

Inside the ship’s wheel room.

ADMISSION FOR TOURS: (INCLUDES EXHIBITS)
Adults                                         $8.00
Seniors (62+)                            $7.00
College students (with ID)     $7.00
Youth (age 6-17)                      $5.00
Children 5 and under             FREE

ADMISSION FOR EXHIBITS: (FIRST FLOOR ONLY)
Adults                                         $5.00
Seniors (62+)                            $5.00
College students (with ID)     $5.00
Youth (age 6-17)                      $5.00
Children 5 and under             FREE

MUSEUM PASS (INCLUDES DISCOUNTED ADMISSION TO FAIRLAWN MANSION & SS METEOR)
Adults                                         $15.00
Seniors (62+)                            $12.00
College students (with ID)     $12.00
Youth (age 6-17)                      $8.00
Children 5 and under             FREE

 

Typical crew members' cabin.

Typical crew members’ cabin

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

S.S. Meteor through Superior Entry

SS 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 Great Lakes shipwrecks and the history of shipbuilding in the Twin Ports.

S.S. Meteor

SS Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum

McDougall’s Whaleback #136 has seen many changes since she was launched as the Frank Rockefeller in Superior harbor less than a mile from where she now rests. She ended her shipping career as the SS Meteor, after carrying a variety of cargoes over the years, including iron ore, grain, sand and gravel, cars, and oil._