It started earlier this year with a phone call from Stan Johnson, president of the Marathon & District Historical Society in Marathon, Ontario. Read more



Rev. Edward J. Dowling

An air of mystery drifts around all shipwrecks. The very word “shipwreck” evokes powerful images of crashing seas, screaming winds and desperate crews. Read more




Local Hero: Step aboard the retired Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Alexander Henry in Thunder Bay’s Marina Park and check out the view from the wheelhouse or explore the captain’s quarters. Read more


Forty years ago next spring, the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, opened their arms to the world when they welcomed the British ship Ramon de Larrinaga. Read more




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. Read more


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. Read more



Duluth Cargo Connect

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


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. Read more


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. Read more


6 Trails for Maritime Sights

Florin Chelaru

Let us suggest six satisfying strolls with great views that offer a bit of Lake Superior maritime heritage along the way. Read more


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. Read more


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. Read more

, Maritime

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. Read more


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. Read more


Aboard the USCGC Alder

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

Aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder, Breaking Ice in Duluth

We tagged along with members of the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association to see the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder at work in the Duluth harbor and on Lake Superior. Read more

Mar 13, 2015 12:47 PM , Superior Notes

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. Read more


The Barrel

Tom Mackay

On a Duluth Beach, a Mysterious Barrel Appears

Captain Tom Mackay spotted something rather unusual this weekend in Duluth. How did a concrete-filled barrel end up on the beach? Read more

Sep 30, 2014 8:51 AM Superior Notes

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. Read more


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. Read more


Lake Superior Ice: March 31, 2014


"Horrible" Ice Conditions Stall Shipping Season

One week into the shipping season, ice on Lake Superior has sent two vessels – including an icebreaker – limping back to port, and no laker has yet reached the Soo Locks. Read more

Mar 31, 2014 5:13 PM Superior Notes

  • Sundew sidekick

    Sundew Facebook

    Sundew sidekick

    A truck pontoon is the "chase car" for the retired USCG cutter Sundew, now owned by Jeff Foster of Jeff Foster Trucking

  • Impact of Poe Lock shutdown

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security did a study of the effect of an unexpected, long-term shutdown of the Poe Lock.

  • Impact of Poe Lock shutdown

    Impact of Poe Lock shutdown

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security did a study of the effect of an unexpected, long-term shutdown of the Poe Lock.

  • New Soo Locks

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    New Soo Locks

    A shot of the current Soo Locks and a modified image showing how a new Poe-sized lock might look.

  • Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

    Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

    Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

    A refreshed exhibit about the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald focuses on the crew, plus adds videos of its launching, locking through at the Soo and about the weather conditions on Nov. 10, 1975, when it sank.

  • Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

    Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

    Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

    Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth

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