Lake Superior Shipwrecks
Thomas Wilson
Statement of Significance

The wreck of the Thomas Wilson is significant as the best known surviving example of the earliest whaleback steamships. Whalebacks were a distinctive type of Great Lakes bulk freighter designed by Captain Alexander McDougall for the transportation of grain, iron ore and lumber in the late 19th century. The Thomas Wilson was the last whaleback constructed without hatch coamings. The Thomas Wilson's importance is enhanced by its role in the establishment of safe operating procedures at Duluth-West Superior Harbor as a result of its loss.


|--Thomas Wilson-- |--Historic Description--|
|--Construction and Career-- |--Whaleback Freighters-- |--Description of the Wreck Event--|
|--Post-Depositional Impacts-- |--Present Description-- |--Significance-- |--Photographs--|
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