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S.S. William A. Irvin
Bulk Carrier
- circa 1970 -


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Mahogany wood base, real brass pedestals and
personalized brass plate enhance this elegant historical model

Although not shown in this image,
draft markings are put on hull at bow, mid ships and stern

S.S. William A. Irvin, custom

Scale 1:400 / 22"
Price: $1755

1/3 deposit $585

Scale 1:240 / 31"
Price: $2340

1/3 deposit $780

Scale 1:192 / 46"
Price: $3999

1/3 deposit $1333

Prices include free world-wide shipping

Fully assembled museum quality wooden desk-top display models custom built as to your designated circa including flagging and personalized brass plate.

S.S. William A. Irvin - flagship of the US Steel Fleet - was built in the late 1930ís just as the shipping industry was coming out of a long recession and prior to the WWII shipbuilding frenzy. She was named after the company president at the time.

The William A. Irvin sailed without incident for forty years. On August 27, 1940 she set a record by unloading 13,856 tons of ore in just 2 hours and 55 minutes - an astonishing accomplishment for a boat using shore equipment only. And that record stands to this day.

Her successful forty years of service fulfilled the wishes of her namesake: "She will be a triumph of safety, comfort, and capacity."

At the end of 1978 shipping season, the Irvin was retired for economic reasons, specifically she was a slow boat with small holds and had no self-unloading capability.

The Irwin was saved from the scrapping torch only because of her status as a flagship. In  1986 she took on a new role as a tourist attraction for Duluth, Minnesota. Today she is berthed at a former WWII shipbuilding slip where she is visited by thousands every year. She become the proud figurehead of Duluth's waterfront and offers a glimpse into the world of the merchant mariner.




S.S. William A. Irvin specifications
Length  611 ft
Beam    60 ft
Draft:           33 ft
Speed    11 knots
Displacement  Ore -   14,088 tons
 Coal -  11,612 tons
 Grain - 10,500 tons
 22,000 tons maximum
Engines  Delaval Cross steam turbines 2,000hp

These custom built desk-top display models of S.S. William A. Irvin and other bulk carriers are handcrafted from mahogany wood.
Replicated using plans of the authentic ship and built to museum quality, these fully assembled models make a life long gift or collectible.

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