Category Archives: Trains & Boats & Planes

In The News, December 28

Bayfield County Press, December 28, 1936 Ordeal in Lake – Bayfield Men Stranded Five Days Without Food Two Bayfield fishermen, Leo Boutin and his nephew Morris, told today how a snowstorm stranded them on Stockton Island in Lake Superior without … Continue reading

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Off Little Sand Bay Right Now: MV Edgar A. Speer

All Photos by Ranger Sue Best guess what it’s doing there: waiting in a cozy spot to take her turn at the Two Harbors ore dock. Guest Commentary: We would see them in East Bay once in a while; usually … Continue reading

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And In The News, December 9

Bayfield Press, December 9, 1948 Newcomer in Bayfield Harbor Rams and Sinks Boat The W.W. Hill Late Saturday afternoon the W. W. Hill, a 55-foot diesel-powered boat brought here from Benton Harbor Michigan, rammed Ervin LeBel’s 40-foot Alan L as … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, December 3

Sand Island Lighthouse, December 3, 1905 N gale and cloudy, cold, some snow. At 4:00 P. M. a piece of wreck came ashore. It was new and looked as though it came from the cabben or pilot house of some … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, November 30

LaPointe Light Station, November 30, 1896 SSW smoky on the water. Still cold and thick. The bay is mostly froze over. Tonight will finish it. One steamer went out 5 P.M. Ther. at AM 15 below zero. At 12:30 PM … Continue reading

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Another Whaleback

Lisa G commented on my previous post, noting that the Christopher Columbus looked top-heavy, and I could not agree more. Since streamlining was a defining characteristic of the whaleback ship, the Columbus was not at all a representative example of … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, In Our Neighborhood

Sad: Worker dies on boat off Apostle Islands Duluth News-Tribune, Aug. 9, 2010 A worker was fatally injured Sunday aboard the 1,000-foot laker Stewart J. Cort off the Apostle Islands. The Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department indentified the victim as Denton … Continue reading

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May The Schwartz Be With You

Monster at the Washburn marina the last couple of evenings: the Corps of Engineer’s giant derrick H.J. Schwartz. So how does one move very large rocks into position on a Lake Superior breakwater? Use the Schwartz, Luke!

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Of Tows And Consorts

My friend Lisa G. asked a question about the use of the term “consort” in the Raspberry Island log entry from July 5, 1893: Whaleback steamer and consort was aground abreast of Light at 8:30 A.M. First, let’s establish one … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday To A Notable Bridge

I got a message this morning letting me know that Sunday will mark the 175th anniversary of the dedication of the Thomas Viaduct on the original main line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. This multi-span masonry arch was a … Continue reading

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Just For Gene

A Springer Spaniel with a finely developed aesthetic sense. Duluth Air Show, 2002.

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Up To Bayfield To See The Boats

Went up to Bayfield yesterday to run some errands and take pictures of the fish tugs in the frozen harbor. Click on the photos for a screen-filling view. The Thomas C. Mullen was built in 1946; it’s been in Bayfield … Continue reading

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