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