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JOHN ERICSSON
Great lake freighter

The John Ericsson was a whaleback Great Lakes freighter designed by Captain A. McDougall and built in Superior, Wisconsin in 1896. It was named after a friend of Captain McDougall's who was the inventor of the first screw propeller. It was designed to carry freight on the rough waters of the Great Lakes. Its hull looks somewhat like a submarine and was designed so that the decks would be awash in rough seas.

The John Ericsson was 396' long with a 48' beam and a draft of 21'. It displaced 3200 tons. It was a good freight hauler but not popular with all skippers because it was difficult to handle in the wind when empty as it tended to "weathervane".


 

     




 

This John Ericsson model features:

  • Scratch-built

  • All wooden and metal parts

  • Plank-on-frame hull construction just like the way real ships are built

37" L x 4.5"W x 14.5" T    $1,200     S & H is 150