Around the circle this week: February 11, 2022

Establishment : the Lake Carriers Association (LCA) based in Cleveland released a summary of the investments Great Lakes fleets are contributing to maintenance and repairs during the two-month winter layup. “This year, the companies will invest nearly $83 million in their ships docked in New York, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania,” LCA reports. “That translates into jobs for hundreds of workers in these Great Lakes states: Shipyards in Wisconsin will get $41 million in work, Ohio $37 million, Pennsylvania $4 million, and New York 1 million bucks.” Fraser Shipyards in Superior is part of the Wisconsin facilities. This photo of David Schuer show it Lee A. Tregurtha moored at Fraser. Maintenance work is also underway at individual companies, not specified in the press release. LCA Notes: “Work on the ships will range from upgrading engines and navigational systems to replacing steel on the ships’ hulls and decks. The same iron ore that these ships carried from ports in the Lake Superior over the summer and which was turned into steel in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania will now return to large self-unloading vessels.” Jim Weakley, president of the Lake Carriers’ Association, said in the release, “The Great Lakes navigation system is truly interdependent. From the mines that produce the materials in bulk, to the ports that deliver and receive the products, to the US-flagged vessels that transport the materials to production facilities, to the end products used to make our lives better and more efficient. The jobs supported by this system are vital to the economy. Meanwhile, in Thunder Bay, the CSL is painting interestingly Saint Laurent winters at Keefer Terminal, as seen in this photo from Michael Hull taken in January. The mural depicting a Canada goose in flight was unveiled in 2017 to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary and Montreal’s 375th anniversary, CSL noted at the time.


Do a lighthouse a favor: Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society is looking for some good women and men to volunteer this coming season. The group is accepting applications until February 25 for boat operators and catering team leaders. If any catering team member positions remain to be filled in March, applications will also be taken for these. Volunteers must commit to at least 1 week of work and provide their own travel to Windigo Ranger Station on Isle Royale. In 2018, Deborah J. Mann, a volunteer at the Rock of Ages Lighthouse, did the story “Rescuing the Rock” for us about the work on the isolated Isle Royale Lighthouse.


Another type of cruise: the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area in Ontario released some stunning underwater images of a vehicle the group was trying to identify. “Help us solve a mystery! Exploring the Nipigon Lagoon this summer with our ‘Underwater Museum’ program, we loved visiting this spooky sunken station wagon. All the marks are off, but it has fins and it’s Red !” Very quickly, a ’57 Chevy became the most popular choice. We got an insider tip to get in touch with Angelo Van Bogart, the publisher of old cars. Angelo confirmed these assumptions. “It’s a 1957 Chevrolet Two-Ten four-door station wagon. If it has a third-row seat, it’s a 1957 Chevrolet Two-Ten Beauville station wagon; if it doesn’t have a third-row seat row, it’s a 1957 Chevrolet Break Two-Ten Townsman.” I don’t know how it got to navigate about 7 meters (23 feet) below the surface, but that’s what we know for now.


One hell of a lava lamp: It’s Volcano Week – yes it is – and the folks at Isle Royale National Park posted this nifty graphic with a brief geological history of the lake basin: “This is the start of #VolcanoWeek and although Isle Royale is not a volcano, its story begins as so many others do with fire and ice.” To understand a natural system, you often have to go back to the beginning. For Isle Royale National Park, that means going back 1.1 billion years to a geological event that would create the bones of the entire Lake Superior region. A continental mid-rift began to open, tearing through most of the North American continent, and from this fault a series of basaltic lava flows poured out. These flows cooled and the medium sank under their own weight, creating the Lake Superior Basin. Millions of years of glaciers would have crushed the unevenly flowing ridges, leaving Isle Royale isolated and surrounded by water when the glaciers retreated 10,000 years ago. “Although there is no traditional ‘volcano’ on Isle Royale, volcanic activity has formed the backbone necessary to sustain life on land here on the island, and ice has provided it. sculpted into the shape it is today.” The park also added an image description: “An illustrated cross-section depicting the basalt lava flows and syncline in the center that create the Lake Superior basin. The edges of the rift fault lines did not flow, creating Isle Royale and the Keweenaw Peninsula, which includes Keweenaw National Historical Park.” Do you always want more ? You can read the full report line where the graph originated; this is “The Geological Story of Isle Royale” (aka Geological Survey Bulletin 1309) by N. King Huber.


Test, Test: The organizers of Book across the bay, which opens its 25th “chapter” on February 19, let us know that they were testing the thickness of the lake ice between Ashland and Washburn, Wisconsin, in preparation for the nighttime event. “Our very experienced trail crew are out inspecting the ice conditions,” they posted along with this photo of a crack tester in action. More on this event coming next week…but in the meantime, you can read a short description of Bob Berg’s “Meet You Across the Bay” from 2018.


It was truly a dark and stormy night: Split Rock Lighthouse and the rocks on which it stands have been featured in more than one film. Perhaps the most dramatic scene is a final scene from “The Good Son” with two boys hanging from the cliff (as seen in this image of a Excerpt from the film Fandago). But that wasn’t the movie the Split Rock Lighthouse crew had in mind when they posted. this stormy night scene earlier this week with a challenge: “Make sure you catch our good side!” The Split Rock Lighthouse is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country, so it’s no surprise to us that we end up in all sorts of places. Does anyone have any idea what movie this stormy scene is from? Good luck, old sports!” Several people found “old sport” enough of a clue to identify “The Great Gatsby,” the 2013 version starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. Duluth Columnist Jim Heffernan reminded us in his blog that year that F. Scott Fitzgerald indeed crossed the early life of the man who took the name Jay Gatsby with Duluth. “Once Fitzgerald begins to tell Gatsby’s story, we learn that he grew up in North Dakota poverty, the son of ‘jobless and unsuccessful farmers,'” Jim writes. “His name was James Gatz, and at age 17 he fled the Dakota farm to Lake Superior where he ‘loitered along the beach’ and met an eccentric boater, whom he saved from crashing his ship on the rocky shore. It was then that young Gatz imagined himself as the man who became Jay Gatsby. The yachtsman took him under his wing and “also took him to Duluth and bought him a blue coat, six white duck pants and a yachting cap,” before setting sail for “the West Indies and the Barbary Coast,” in Fitzgerald’s words.” This stormy photo is from an early scene in the film .


This Just In… Michigan Tech Winter Carnival Winners snow sculpting contest have been announced. Hancock-based Phi Kappa Tau has won the month-long snow sculpting competition for the fourth consecutive year. The theme for this 100th year Michigan Tech Winter Carnival is “Come One, Come All to Our 100th Carnival” and the members of Phi Kappa Tau have turned it into their sculpture theme “100 Years They Come and Go, But Still We Say LET’S SNOW!” (Fans watch the complex entrance in this photo.) Second place overall went to Tau Kappa Epsilon’s “Carnival Fun Galore, a Tech Tradition We Adore” with “Come One, Come All!” ranking third. There are two categories of statues throughout the month. and a night (or a sleepless night) which are subdivided into mixed, women and men, more generally. There were a total of 12 entries in the month-long categories and a total of 24 in the sleepless nights. To see the full results and more photos online. This photo from 1936 shows an award-winning statue from that year, which was the first for the snow sculpting competition. The carnival began in 1922 with a one-night ice carnival that featured “circus-style acts, with students dressed in animal costumes”, the online story Remarks. You can also see a video with a recap of the 100 years.


Photo and graphic credits: David Schauer; Michel Hull; Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society; Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area; National Park Service; Book across the bay; Split Rock/The Great Gatsby Lighthouse Historic Site (2013); Fandago Film Clip / The Good Son (1993); Evan Smith/Michigan Technological University; Michigan Tech Archive

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