Boats, boats, and boats: from kayaks to barges, sailboats to fishing charters, and salties to lakers, we see them everyday on our expansive lake.
The opportunity to explore a cargo ship was one of Daley’s first requests when we moved to Duluth a few years ago. Fortunately, the SS William A. Irvin offers people the rare opportunity to walk around a 610+ foot museum that floats on water.
Here are some of the details we enjoyed.
- Ringing the captain’s bell in the pilot house and steering the wooden wheel.
- Watching the lights in the noisy engine room light up when the phone went off; it’s how the captain and the engine room crew communicated with each other.
- Seeing the kitchen and how everything was secured in case of a turbulent ride, specifically the little railings that divided the stovetop so pots couldn’t slide off.
- Walking in one of the three cargo holds that once held 14,000 tons of taconite, the dust of which is still present.
- Learning what “batten down the hatches” meant by examining the 18 hatches on the deck.
The tour gave us a peek into the boats that never cease to amaze us with their impressive size and stately demeanor.
Kids 10 and under are free with purchase of adult ticket. For details, go to the SS William A. Irvin website.
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