Inside Fraser Shipyards

Patrick Lapinski

Inside Fraser Shipyards

On Lake Superior, the call for help to fix any mechanical, structural or electrical woes often goes to the sole U.S. site on the Lake that can handle repairs, maintenance and modifications to the giant “lakers” – Fraser Shipyards in Superior.

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Walter Scobie

Alan Haraf / U.S. Coast Guard

54 Years After Tragic Explosion, Coast Guardsman Returns to Stannard Rock

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

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

How Underwater Detectives Found the Henry B. Smith: An Excerpt from “The Last Laker”

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: Paul Flynn, Hard Hat Diver

Jim Marshall Collection

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

They Like to Move It, Move It

Diane Hilden

"Why Are the Boats Sitting Out There?" We Answer A Few Landlubber Questions

Want to show off your knowledge about the latest maritime activity and season around our Big Lake? This story will put you in the know. more »

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Maritime

Thunder Bay Main Lighthouse

Elle Andra-Warner

Lighting the Northern Edge: Lake Superior's Ontario Lighthouses

On the Ontario shores of Lake Superior, there are more than 32 lighthouse sites, some abandoned, moved or destroyed, but others still active aids to navigation or year-round emergency lights. more »

Aug 15, 2014 10:44 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

James R. Barker, Duluth, July 18, 2013

Konnie LeMay

James R. Barker on a Foggy Duluth Morning

The James R. Barker, one of the largest vessels on the Great Lakes, gliding out of the fog and into the Duluth Ship Canal on a July morning. more »

Jul 18, 2013 3:42 PM Maritime

Safe Boating Tips

Five tips for staying safe on the water. more »

Mar 26, 2013 11:00 AM Maritime

National Safe Boating Council

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

Phil Bencomo

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

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

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

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

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


A Career Under the Waves

Jim Delgado Brings His Love of Exploration to Gales of November more »

Sep 18, 2012 4:42 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

Worthy Causes: Whitefish Point Light Tower Restoration

Whitefish Point Lighthouse, one of the oldest operating lights on Lake Superior, needs restoration, and Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is making it happen. more »

Nov 9, 2010 8:09 AM Maritime

2010 Achievement Award: Underwater Undertakings

2010 Lake Superior Magazine Achievement Award honors the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society more »

Sep 13, 2010 9:09 AM Maritime

The Keepers of Split Rock Lighthouse

Minnesota Historical Society Split Rock Collection

The Keepers of Split Rock Lighthouse

Civilian keepers served at Split Rock from 1910 to 1961, when the U.S. Coast Guard took over the duties. more »

Jul 21, 2010 10:12 AM Maritime

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