Saskadoc Great Lakes Freighter (416′)

The Saskadoc started life in 1900 as the William E Reis, built in Cleveland, Ohio. She worked the Great Lakes for 63 years, named the Saskadoc from 1926 to the end under the N.M. Paterson & Sons line. Gross tonnage was approximately 4500 tons; length 416 feet, beam 50 feet, draft about 24 feet.

This model shows her in her later days. In N scale it is 31.2 inches long with a beam of 3.75 inches (792 mm x 94 mm). In Z scale it is 22.7 inches long by 2.73 inches wide (576 mm x 69 mm).

All hatches can be left open to show cargo, typically ore, grain, coal and other bulk cargo. Railings and stairways are photo-etched brass. New cast resin gooseneck ventilators, lifeboats, metal anchors, 3D-printed winches, auxiliary tanks and other details are included in the kit. New are the hatch coaming that are cast resin with properly spaced reinforcements. As with most Great Lakes freighters, the styrene hull has clean, simple lines, making it easy to build up. Hull and superstructure are precision cut from sheet styrene and have the proper sheer and camber. The sheer and camber are essential to the boat looking right in a harbor or at dock. As on the original, a line of expansion plates tops the long midsection of the hull.

Kit price is USD $400 plus shipping. Completed models are $2250 plus shipping.