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MILWAUKEE CLIPPER

SS Milwaukee Clipper, also known as SS Clipper, also called the "Queen of the Great Lakes" is a retired passenger ship and automobile ferry that sailed and traveled on all of the Great Lakes except Lake Ontario.  She is the only US passenger steamship left on the Great Lakes.

Milwaukee Clipper was the first ship that had the new smoke stack design that became standard for many new ships to come.   Before her, the streamlined forward stack is false and does not ventilate engine exhaust.  It is a signature of naval architect George Sharp.  Sharp is credited with three historic vessels, Milwaukee Clipper, SS Lane Victory, and NS Savannah.

In December 1983, Milwaukee Clipper was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in May 1989 the ship was designated a National Historic Landmark.  The vessel is now docked in Muskegon, Michigan.

 

 



This Milwaukee Clipper model has the following qualities:

- Scratch built from official plans

- Double plank-on-frame, hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 40 lbs and feel like a toy rather than an art piece.)

- The hollow superstructure is comprised of
hundred of individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

-  No computer-printed paper deck.

- >95% of parts are wood and metal
.

36" long x 14" tall x 7" wide (including base's dimensions.)   This is a commissioned and  not for sale.   Let us build another one for you by clicking on the "COMMISSIONING" button on the left.  Thank you.

                                                                                                                                              

 

"This model [Bismarck] is really looking good! Thank you for the update.  When do you think it will be finished?

The other models you sold me are a constant enjoyment to my family. We have them on display at our lakeside house in Wisconsin. Thank you to you and your skilled craftsman.

Best regards,
Gene"