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RICK FOWLER

This excerpt from an old Navy manual came to mind as I sought “permission to come aboard” across the gangplank of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, docked just above the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, on a brisk mid-March day. more

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This shipping season, the Lake Superior region was expected to reach its “500 Freezing Degree Days” mark by Dec. 31, 2017, fully two weeks ahead of the usual Jan. 8 date. more

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Duluth Cargo Connect

A recent addition to the Duluth waterfront creates an international link via rail from the East, West and Gulf coasts. more

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Remembering Coast Guard Hero Edgar Culbertson

U.S. Coast Guard

In the afternoon on April 30 every year, you will find me with four flowers on the North Pier of the Duluth Ship Canal. Three of the flowers are for teenage brothers and one is for my friend, a U.S. Coast Guardsman who tried to save them. more

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Is a Maritime Career Waiting for You?

Courtesy Ellora Martin

It may soon be one of our industries most in need of new recruits. We tell you how to embark on the career of a lifetime in the maritime industry, whether it's aboard a ship or in port. more

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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

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Great Lakes Fleet

Courtesy Jim Dan Hill Library / University of Wisconsin-Superior

In early 1901, Augustus B. Wolvin told executives at the newly formed U.S. Steel Corporation that if they wanted him to manage the “Steel Trust” fleet, he’d only do it from his adopted hometown – Duluth. more

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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. 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Lake Superior Journal: Paul Flynn, Hard Hat Diver

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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

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They Like to Move It, Move It

Diane Hilden

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

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Thunder Bay Main Lighthouse

Elle Andra-Warner

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

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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

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Inside Fraser Shipyards

Patrick Lapinski

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. more

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James R. Barker, Duluth, July 18, 2013

Konnie LeMay

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

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Collecting experiences is my hobby, and I knew this one would be a winner even as we boarded Barque Europa for a six-day voyage across Lake Superior after the Tall Ships Duluth festival. more

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