Glenn Lind Collection

Lake Superior Journal: Building Skiffs, Crafting a Life

Glenn Lind grew up in the fishing village of Castle Danger, Minnesota. At the tender age of 6, he fell in love for the first time – with boats. For him and his dad, Glenn writes, boat building became a labor of love.

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The James R. Barker entering the Duluth Ship Canal on a foggy July morning. The Barker is one of the Great Lakes' largest vessels.

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

Life jackets should be standard gear in a boat.

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

The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth is open free to the public.

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

Climbing on the Lion's Back, Going For a Ride

Looking north, I saw a white line about three miles away and coming toward me. I knew what was coming. The gentle swells were about to turn into a seething white mass of breakers. The little kitten I'd been playing with all morning was about to turn into an ill-tempered lion. more »

Nov 7, 1998 10:24 AM Maritime

The Seafarers Ministry, which originally operated out of a mobile home near the docks, is today located in a former Catholic rectory in Duluth's West End.

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

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

Marine archaeologist Jim Delgado rounding Cape Froward, southernmost tip of continental South America, in January 2005.


A Career Under the Waves

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

Sep 18, 2012 4:42 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

Lake Superior Journal: Fishing with Sharon Jon

Growing up in an Army family, I had only distant connections with the fishing heritage on Minnesota’s North Shore. All of that changed when I started to work for Stanley Sivertson and his nephews Frank and Milford Johnson in spring 1973. more »

Jul 30, 2011 1:50 PM Superior Notes

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

Water Works

A sampler of maritime-related jobs with insight from the folks who hold or have held the positions. more »

Jan 13, 2007 3:01 PM Maritime

USS Great Lakes Fleet

About the Boat: Largest Boom Makes It A Super Carrier

The history of the M/V Edwin H. Gott, the supercarrier with the longest boom on the Great Lakes. more »

Apr 1, 1997 12:47 PM 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

As the first light keeper at Split Rock, Orren “Pete” Young served 18 years at the site.

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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