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

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Maritime

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

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Maritime

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. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Recreation

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

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Maritime

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

Jul 27, 2015 3:18 PM , Maritime

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

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM 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. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Maritime

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. 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. more

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Maritime

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? 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. more

Aug 15, 2014 10:44 AM Maritime

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

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. more

Mar 31, 2014 5:13 PM Superior Notes

USCGC Mackinaw WLBB-30


Ice-Breaking is Underway

Ice-breaking has started on Lake Superior in preparation for the opening of the Soo Locks – and the start of the shipping season – on March 25. Following an extraordinary winter, it’ll be a challenge this year, says the U.S. Coast Guard. more

Mar 7, 2014 1:22 PM Superior Notes

Orsula, Aground Near Tibbetts Point

U.S. Coast Guard

Last Lake Superior Saltie Runs Aground in New York

The Orsula, the last 'saltie' on Lake Superior this year, ran aground on Christmas near the entrance to the St. Lawrence Seaway. The damaged ship was re-floated on Sunday and has stopped in Montreal on New Year's Day. more

Dec 30, 2013 5:35 PM Superior Notes


Courtesy Duluth Seaway Port Authority

The Last Saltie of 2013

The last oceangoing vessel to call on the Port of Duluth-Superior for the 2013 shipping season departed Thursday evening. The Orsula arrived Sunday to load nearly 22,000 metric tons (24,250 short tons) of durum wheat. more

Dec 19, 2013 10:50 AM Superior Notes

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

Dec 1, 2013 12:00 AM Maritime

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

Jul 18, 2013 3:42 PM Maritime


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. more

Jul 15, 2013 9:00 AM Superior Notes 1 Comments

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

Jun 1, 2013 12:00 AM Maritime

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