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V18440--Loading a Whaleback Ship, Chicago, Ill.
V18440--Loading a Whaleback Ship, Chicago, Ill.
Resource Typeimage
TitleV18440--Loading a Whaleback Ship, Chicago, Ill.
Coverage / YearChicago, Illinois
DescriptionBlack and white stereograph slide depicting the loading of grain into a whaleback boat.
InterpretationText on the back of the slide reads: "LOADING A GREAT WHALEBACK SHIP AT GRAIN ELEVATORS OF CHICAGO Chicago is situated in the center of the Great Central Plains, one of the most fertile and prosperous regions of the world. It is a wonderful grain producing district and has been called the "Bread Basket of the World." Most of the grain raised here and in the agricultural districts of the West is shipped to Chicago for distribution. In this picture a cargo of grain is being loaded into a whaleback ship at one of the great grain elevators. Chicago has about thirty of these elevators, with a combined capacity of over thirty-two million bushels. Inside the tall building which we can see in this view are enormous grain bins twelve feet square and eighty feet deep. The grain is drawn up into these bens by means of a series of buckets fastened to an endless belt which extends from the top of the bin to the loaded Lat. 42 N.; Long. 87 with car or vessel. From these bins the grain passes through a hopper, which measures it accurately, and is then sent in a continuous stream through great spouts into the back of the 'Whaleback, ' to be transported to some port on the Great Lakes. The 'Whaleback' is an extraordinary form of vessel designed especially for Lake freighters. These low, flat vessels use steam only, are without masts, and their peculiar shape, resembling the back of a whale, makes them safe in the heavy storms which come up more suddenly on the Great Lakes than on the ocean. A heavy sea can wash over them without doing any damage. The value of the grain in one of these elevators varies with the outlook for a good or poor crop--in the near future. Speculators also raise or lower its price, as it done with oil.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities; American communities in history;
Learning Standards16 History; 13 Science, Technology and Society; 15 Economics; 18 Social Systems;
Author or CreatorUnknown
Other ContributorsKeystone View Company
SourceCarl Sandburg Collection, UIUC Rare Book and Special Collections Library
Subject / KeywordsChicago, Illinois; Whalebacks
Collection PublisherUIUC Rare Book & Special Collections Library;
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Rights Management Statement
Resource Identifierwhaleback
CONTENTdm file name626191352002_Whaleback.jpg
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