Year: 1909 AD
Category: Modern
Vessel Type:
Scale: 1/16" = 1 foot
Overall Length: 201 feet

The Carnegie was launched in 1909 by The Carnegie Institute of Washington, D.C. It was designed and used as a scientific research vessel that traveled the globe for 20 years doing research. Its main function was to study the magnetic and electric fields of the Earth. The crew consisted of 10 scientists and 13 deck hands. Much of their work was done above 60 degrees north and below 60 south where variations and deviations in magnetic readings were strongest.

Because it was studying the magnetic forces of the earth no steel or iron could be used in its' construction. Even the silverware was made of real silver so no magnetic metals could affect the research work they were doing.

The ship caught fire by accident in the natural harbor at Apia, Samoa and burned to the waterline in November 1929.

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Observation domes are the scientists work stations
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Deck is ivory dyed brown and scrimshawed to delineate planking
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The top strake of hull plating was 1/4 inch brass for ice protection
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As years went on buildings were built upon buildings to house new equipment
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Even the anchors were cast bronze as iron would affect magnetic readings

Location and Hours

1775 State Route 39
Sugarcreek, Ohio   44681
(330) 852-6096
Current Hours:

Our January hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 4.  

Please note that in January, February and March we are in our off-season winter time period. We are closed a fair amount in this time period and we close on a moments notice due to the weather conditions that change quickly at our hilltop location. If you are planning a visit, please call us to schedule so we can better assure that we will be here when you plan. Our number is 330-852-6096.

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