Whaleback Ships of the Great Lakes October 27, 2011 9:41 PMSubscribe
The SS Christopher Columbus was the only Whaleback ship ever built for passenger service. A total of fourty-three whalebacks where built between 1887-1898. One, the SS City of Everett was the first American Steamship to Travel through the Suez Canal. Another, the only British built, one was sunk by a U-boat in 1917.
The majority of them where unpowered barges meant to reduce drag when being towed, but eighteen where powered and mostly used to tow the barges. Unfortunately their low profile made them hard to see and many were damaged or sunk in collisions. Also their curved profile made their hatches hard to seal properly.