Aboard the W. G. Mather

Looking forward, toward the bow of the W. G. Mather

Sailing into History

“You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck…I have no time for such nonsense.”
~ Napoleon

At the mention of steam power, we often envision roaring freight trains winding through the countryside. In the early twentieth-century, the power of steam was also moving massive freighters across the Great Lakes.

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Conte Grande

Chinoiserie Style

The SS Conte Grande was a Lloyd Sabaudo Line ocean liner built in 1927 by Stabilimento Tecnico Triestino in Trieste, Italy, to service the transatlantic passenger line between Genoa, Italy, and New York City. Launched on 29 June 1927, her maiden voyage was from Genoa to Naples to New York City, which occurred on 13 April 1928. SS Conte Grande had what could only be described as the most magnificent public rooms on any ship at the time. She was decorated in the then popular Chinoiserie style, gilt and marble.

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