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  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Lakers or really?
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, March 12, 2023 10:06 AM

Hmmmm.

         I have to say. Building this model for  Deshler, Nebraska's Spring Creek Model Trains owner has been an interesting endeavor. There is info available, some good some bad. Not once was I able to find what I needed. Most photos seem to want to emphasis the length and not the detail of these awesome vessels.

       I also found so many mix-ups of decades it's impossible to say any two looked alike at any time or not. Mostly I think they were modified at every yard break as it happened. Some sport the more modern stacks, for example, alongside the old style scoop ventilators and stuff like that.

       I have also found differences in lifeboat launching and recovery systems as well. Wheelhouses etc. So it is probably safe to say if you want to build one, that as long as it SEEMS to be fit to an era that's fine. You can only fudge so much. For instance,The Company operating these ships and the importance they placed on optimal use thereof. Changes cost money. Soo, let's wait.

     Wait for what? Profit/Loss ledgers for the year .Then they may have made visible changes Wholesale or Piecemeal. Whichever did not take from the profits going to the operators pockets. For instance the hatches. I don't think the design changes much for over seventy years product carried notwithstanding. If it worked don't change it!

 Just my three and a half cents!

      

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    October 2005
Posted by CG Bob on Monday, March 13, 2023 8:04 PM

Checking the Great Lakes museum ships doesn't help much.

Cleveland's William G. Mather

Toledo's Col. James M. Schoonmaker

Sault Ste. Marie's Valley Camp

Superior's whaleback tanker Meteor

Duluth's William A. Irvin

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    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 8:34 AM

Lakers were work boats and needed a lot of care.  It makes sense that they would see changes in external parts like boats and divets and stuff like that.  I have read that the Meteor at Superior was rebuilt with everyhing above decks new except for pilot house.  They were all pianted often, and the sceme was often changed.  Fortunately, there are many photos available for these ships,  Go to boatnerd for sites with lots of pics.

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, March 16, 2023 2:14 PM

Tanker-Builder
Not once was I able to find what I needed. Most photos seem to want to emphasis the length and not the detail of these awesome vessels.

Like steam powered railroad engines.

You can find all of the photos you need of the smokebox front, but nothing of the back of the tender.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Friday, March 17, 2023 8:29 AM

GMorrison

 

 

 

Tanker-Builder
Not once was I able to find what I needed. Most photos seem to want to emphasis the length and not the detail of these awesome vessels.

 

Like steam powered railroad engines.

 

You can find all of the photos you need of the smokebox front, but nothing of the back of the tender.

 

Bill

 

Have you tried adding more search terms (such as tender,rear, etc)?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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