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How the Soo Locks Were Made

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

Lake Superior Journal: Paul Flynn, Hard Hat Diver

Still fully dressed in his diving suit, lacking only his brass helmet, Paul felt the barge capsizing beneath his feet. The storm had come out of nowhere, and now he was headed for the bottom loaded with weights and iron shoes, and no way to breathe. more »

Dec 1, 2014 12:00 AM Maritime

In Memoriam: Captain Dudley J. Paquette

Captain Dudley J. Paquette, who served for 30 years as an officer in the Inland Steel Company fleet and was on Lake Superior as captain of the Wilfred Sykes on the day the Edmund Fitzgerald went down, has died. He was 88. more »

May 20, 2014 10:38 AM Maritime

Safe Boating Tips

Five tips for staying safe on the water. more »

Mar 26, 2013 11:00 AM Maritime

Safety First

Lapses in judgment on Lake Superior can turn fatal, no matter how savvy the boater or user. But proper precautions – which always start with a life jacket – can rein in perilous situations, keeping boaters safe and allowing for a worry-free day. more »

Mar 26, 2013 10:07 AM Maritime

Safe Harbor

For more than 40 years, the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers has provided services to the globe-trotting crews of foreign vessels that venture to the most-inland port of the Great Lakes system, helping make a hard life a little easier. more »

Feb 12, 2013 2:29 PM Maritime

Keepers of History

As the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center celebrates its 40th anniversary, it’s one of the most-visited attractions in the Lake Superior basin and an anchor of a hopping Canal Park. Annual visitation has even topped half a million in recent years. more »

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Maritime

Passing the Torch

In its 40 years, Duluth's Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center has had just two directors: Patrick Labadie, who retired in 2000; and Thom Holden, who will retire from the post at the end of January after more than 35 years at the center. more »

Jan 31, 2013 9:10 AM Maritime

St. Lawrence Seaway Finishes Season on a High Note

A late-season surge pushed the tonnage on the St. Lawrence Seaway to 38.9 million during the 2012 season, up 4 percent from last year. Shipping through the Great Lakes has rebounded since 2009, when Seaway tonnage slipped to just 30.5 million. more »

Jan 15, 2013 2:04 PM Maritime

Crafting a Niche

Live in a place you love or pursue the career you love? It is a choice that many people face. Josh Swan was no exception, but through a leap of faith and a lot of hard work, he and his wife found a way to have both. more »

May 6, 2012 9:22 PM Maritime

Lake Superior’s Titanic Ties

When the White Star Line’s new ocean liner Titanic steamed for New York City on Sunday, April 14, 1912, it carried about 30 passengers heading for Lake Superior communities. At least nine survived the disaster to unfold that night. more »

Mar 17, 2012 3:18 PM Maritime 1 Comments

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