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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Atlantic & Great Western

This locomotive entered service in 1865 on the Atlantic and Great Wetern. It was a Six foot guage locomotive and burned either wood or coal . It weighed 65,000 pounds. It had 66 " drivers and had 16x24 cylinders.

Making Tracks

Not far from my childhood home is a rail bed that once belonged to the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad. Many of my summer afternoons were spent patiently waiting along the rails for a glimpse of the local shortline freight train to pass. Those lazy afternoons gave me time to imagine what it would have been like to see a mighty A&GW train rumble pass.

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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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