We left Finland and headed north along Lake Superior, the largest and deepest of the great lakes. What the Ojibwa called Lake Gichigami.
The British and the Indians got along very well and the Indians called these men the French word, voyageurs. They transported goods to Fort Charlotte and furs back to Fort Williams. After the War of 1812 ended, the border was moved to the Pigeon River about twelve miles north of Fort Williams. The British packed up and moved to Thunder Bay in Ontario. After the British left, the Indians referred to these as the lean years because their source of goods and trade had left.
Today, you can hike the 8.5 miles of the portage and enjoy the wilderness protected in the Boundary Waters Canoe area and Voyageurs National Park.
A short stop on the trip down.
It was rainy and foggy when we got up. It was chilly as well. Our first stop was the S.S. Meteor, a whale back ship on dry land in Superior, WI. The last of Captain Alexander McDougall’s American Barge Company's small fleet. I had been here when I was ten and still have a glass mug from the place.
Legend has it that Pattison and local dredge operator Charlie Barker had a feud about the price of lumber. Barker claimed Pattison always raised the price when Barker needed timber. So in retaliation, Barker began to dump his dredgings in front of Fairlawn and eventually the leavings created what is now known as Barker's island. In all likelyhood, this was just a bit of local color and the real reason Barker dumped there was because he was too cheap to ship the sand and mud away by train or to spend the time to take it out into Superior to dump it.
From there we crossed back to Duluth and went downtown to find something to eat. We stopped at Famous Dave's BBQ. It was raining heavily when we got there and kept spitting after we came out. We drove down the street to Lake Superior Maritime Museum beside the Aerial Lift Bridge. The best thing about the small museum is that its free!