TBT: The only ’40’ with a whaleback design that operated in the Great Lakes

Throwback Thursday is sponsored by Dresden Meat Packers:

This week’s Throwback Thursday is from the Sombra Museum.

Here is what they had to say:

“We have a ship of very unique design; it was one of only 40 with a “whaleback” design that operated in the Great Lakes.

The first self-propelled whaleback freighter was the “Colgate Hoyt” (pictured here), built in 1890 in Duluth, Minnesota by the American Steel Barge Co. This company was founded by Alexander McDougall who designed and built the first-ever whaleback style ship, the “McDougall’s Dream”, in 1888.

The “Colgate” was an 84 m single-screw with two boilers, and a steel hull. She first began transporting iron ore from Ashland, Wisconsin. The freighter changed hands many times, and was later renamed to the Bay City in 1905, and then the Thurmond in 1909. Shortly later, in December 26th of 1909, the ship found herself stranded on Toms River Bar near Seaside, New York, with no loss of life, marking the end of a long and successful career.”

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