Scouting Through History

Scouting History The Ship at Miakonda by Dave Eby

This was actually a house in the shape of a ship. It was built on a concrete foundation in 1934 by the WPA on one of the three islands in the ten acre lake. But you could learn how to sail on it. It had living quarters in it. It was about 100 feet long. The lake was hand dug in 1934-36. 1000 workers dug a ten acre hole about eight feet deep with shovels and wheelbarrows. They dug and moved an estimated 1.1 million wheelbarrows of dirt. It was the largest WPA project done at Miakonda and there were many projects completed there by the WPA including the tree house campsite.


Written by

David L. Eby

Council Historian

Miakonda Scouting Museum

Erie Shores Council, BSA

Toledo, Ohio



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