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


Soo Locks Webcam, August 3, 2015

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

MacArthur Lock in Sault Ste. Marie Closed for Emergency Repairs

One of the Soo Locks has been temporarily closed and dewatered to repair a malfunctioning set of gates. Read more

Aug 3, 2015 5:03 PM Superior Notes 2 Comments

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

Breaking Ice: April 7, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard / Courtesy Coast Guard Cutter Alder

Vessel Convoy Remains Mired in Eastern Lake Superior Ice

Thick ice on eastern Lake Superior has brought vessel traffic to a standstill near Sault Ste. Marie. More than a dozen ships are mired in ice that one crewman estimated is 6 feet thick. Read more

Apr 8, 2015 4:48 PM Superior Notes

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


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

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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more


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. Read more


Around the Circle This Week: A Supposedly Fun Thing

Winter strikes again, forcing Wisconsin's governor to postpone his trip to Cable for the fishing opener; the Great Lakes' dredging crisis; a supposedly fun thing one man will never do again; ice persists on Chequamegon Bay; and upcoming events. Read more

May 3, 2013 3:59 PM Superior Notes


Linda Speer

Featured Photo, 5/2/13 – Big Ship, Little Ship

Linda Speer, who took this photo while visiting Duluth from Thunder Bay, says, "I feel the little family boat following behind gives the feeling of how grand the ship really is!" Read more

May 2, 2013 1:32 PM My Lake Superior

Around the Circle This Week: Water, Water, Not Much Anywhere

Lake Superior remains below average, and the Corps projects more low levels for the next six months; Duluth will host a hot air balloon festival in September, organizers announced; salties arrive on the Lake; and a look at upcoming events. Read more

Apr 5, 2013 5:49 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: Shipping Out

The shipping season begins in earnest with the opening of the Soo Locks; gearing up for construction season around the Big Lake; the first saltie arrives in Duluth, the Great Lakes' most inland port; and the Madeline Island ice road closes. Read more

Mar 29, 2013 8:00 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: Winning the War

Scientists map the genome of the sea lamprey, which should help in the battle against that invasive species; the shipping season on the Lake begins; Minnesota researchers reveal the early results of their moose study; and notable weekend events. Read more

Mar 22, 2013 4:50 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: Breaking the Ice

Coast Guard cutters start ice-breaking operations in preparation for the March 25 opening of the Soo Locks; Nathan Schroeder wins the Beargrease; spring is just around the corner, which means construction is too; and a look at upcoming events. Read more

Mar 15, 2013 5:36 PM Superior Notes

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