Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Manitowoc, Wisconsin  September 30, 2006
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Then north on north on Highway 151, seeing some new country after passing through Fond Du Lac and across to Sheboygan on Highway 23 on my way to Manitowoc. During the last 15 minutes of the drive north on the I-43, there was a rainbow far to the east.

Wisconsin Maritime Museum
 Wisconsin Maritime Museum and the World War II submarine USS Cobia

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum was one of the museums participating in the National Museum Day, so the usual $12 admission was waved with a coupon. Although it was getting late in the afternoon, I had time to visit most of the museum before the submarine tour. The big surprise for me in the Maritime Museum was a large display devoted to the Chief Wawatam, a Railroad Ferry that cruised between Mackinaw City & St. Ignace, Michigan from 1911 until I was growing up. The Chief Wawatam was the last last hand-bomber (steam powered boat stoked by shovels) to sail the Great Lakes The museum has one of the original steam engines, a reproduction of the 12 foot bow propeller, and other items from the retired railroad ferry Wawatam.

Chief Wawatam steam engine
65 ton, hand stoked steam engine from the Chief Wawatam railroad ferry.

Chief Wawatam pistons
The Chief Wawatam's propulsion was provided by triple expansion steam engines, in which hot steam traveled
through three different cylinders. These are the three different sized pistons. The low pressure piston was the
largest at 52" in diameter. The intermediate piston was 33" across and the high pressure piston was 21".

Great Lakes' freighter ship models
Great Lakes' freighter ship models

Wisconsin Maritime Museum Wisconsin-Built Boat Gallery
Wisconsin Built Boat Gallery in the Wisconsin Maritime Museum

History of outboard motors
Outboard motors

Wooden ship building exhibit in the Wisconsin Maritime Mueum.
Wooden ships and shipbuilding

Mackinaw boat - light open sailboat
Mackinaw Boat

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