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Steamship America

Looking for the America: The Life, Death and Afterlife of a Storied Vessel

In the early part of the 20th century, the America was an elegant, 182-foot package freighter that served fishing families, businessmen and tourists. All of that came to an abrupt halt June 7, 1928, when the steamer sank off Isle Royale.

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2016 Achievement Award Winner: Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

Chris Winters / GLSHS

For its commitment to discovering, preserving and protecting our maritime heritage, Lake Superior Magazine honors the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society with this year’s Achievement Award. more

Nov 7, 2016 2:57 PM The Lake

Veteran surfmen on Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast always made it a point to teach the new men the gory details of the ghost of Three-Fingered Reilly. They wanted them to know that when they walked the lonely night patrols, they were not alone! more

Oct 13, 2016 10:44 AM Maritime

Park Point Beach, Duluth

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

Before you visit the beach, check these websites for rip current alerts, wave conditions and no-contact advisories. more

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Our Working Water

Courtesy City of Duluth

You probably don’t give the water from your faucet a second thought, but our lakeside cities do and invest millions to bring us clean water. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Lake Superior

Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by surface area – 31,700 square miles (82,100 square kilometres) – and holds 10 percent of the world's surface fresh water. more

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Edmund Fitzgerald

David Conklin

Remembrances of the night the Edmund Fitzgerald sank from former TV anchor Dennis Anderson, who broke the story, and from retired sailor Lon Calloway, who that day rode out his first Great Lakes gale just 15 hours ahead of the ill-fated Fitz. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM , Maritime 4 Comments

Microplastics: Pollutants in a Small Package

Jeremy Frech

Plastic pollutants, like microbeads and nurdles that sometimes end up in Lake Superior, soak up any toxins in the water, such as PCBs and dioxin. If wild critters ingest the plastics, the toxins can enter the food chain. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Lake Superior

Last of the Gray Ghosts

Brent West

In the boreal forest north of Thunder Bay, two researchers begin their search for a mysterious North Woods denizen, a pale being sometimes called the gray ghost that passes silently through the black spruce and jack pines. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Natural World

Paul Pepe

Konnie LeMay / Lake Superior Magazine

For his enduring enthusiasm promoting the full circle of the Big Lake, for thinking outside the borders to create partnerships, and for all the Persians, Lake Superior Magazine honors Paul Pepe with this year’s Achievement Award. more

Sep 28, 2015 9:47 AM The Lake

Lake Superior Journal: A Moose in the Rearview Mirror

Diane Larson

We had traveled a little more than a quarter mile from the intersection when I happened to look in my rearview mirror. A large dark animal stood in the middle of the road a good distance behind us. I let out a squeal and hit the brakes. more

Sep 1, 2015 12:00 AM Natural World

Walter Scobie

Alan Haraf / U.S. Coast Guard

Walter Scobie will always remember June 18, 1961, when his quiet morning was shattered by an explosion that ripped through Stannard Rock Lighthouse, where he was stationed. This summer, Walter returned for the first time. more

Aug 19, 2015 4:18 PM Maritime

Soo Locks

Bill Howe

On June 18, 1855, the steamer Illinois locked through upbound and ushered in a new era in Great Lakes shipping. But the Soo Locks didn’t come easy. The planning and building of the locks were as fraught with obstacles as the waterway they traversed. more

Jul 27, 2015 3:18 PM , Maritime

Always the third Sunday in July, Lake Superior Day was started in the early 1990s. The celebration spans the entire weekend in some Big Lake communities. Find an event near you. more

Lake Superior

The Henry B. Smith was found on May 24, 2013, by a small team of shipwreck hunters. She had been missing almost a century, but through decades of effort, the team put it all together and solved one of the biggest mysteries of the Inland Seas. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Maritime

Lake Superior Journal: Iron Man

Felicia Schneiderhan

Fe, our family's little Iron Man, always wears a life jacket by the water. But on this day, when we stopped briefly at the boat before a hike, he was not. And on this day, our 2-year-old tumbled from the dock and fell in. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Maritime

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