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Champion

Great Lakes Tug of 1868

 

 

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Model maker unknown.

HISTORY: The Champion was said to be the largest tug ever built for fresh waters in 1868. Built by Campbell and Owen of Detroit, she possessed very comfortable accommodations for officers, much better than had been seen in the past. The Champion is known to have drawn eight schooners heavily loaded with wheat in a record tow of 1881. She met her demise on September 15th, 1903 as she burned to the water’s edge. At this time she was owned by H. W. Baker of Detroit. She was towed to a reef near Gibraltar by the little steamer IAN, where she sank in about 10 feet of water. A year later much of her fittings and machinery were removed. But her hull was seen as a total loss and not considered worthy of repair.

 

KIT CONTENTS

• precarved basswood hull

• plan set

• instruction guide

• woodset, fittings, rigging line

• display base and lifts

MODEL SPECIFICATIONS

• Scale: 1/8" = 1'

• Overall Length: 18"

• Hull Length: 18"

 

SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate

Kit Price . . . . . . . . . . . . $240.00

Available separately:

Plans
$30.00
Instruction Book
$18.95
Carved Hull
$75.00
 

 

 

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