By Joann M. Ringelstetter
Today’s blog post introduces the third of our new short blog series, which will be called Quick Pic. In most cases, Quick Pic posts will feature just one photo and the story behind it. We hope you enjoy these short posts, which allow us to stay in touch more often.
In the summer of 2010, around 7:00 a.m. one morning, Ruth and I visited Two Harbors, Minnesota, a small town located north of Duluth along the shore of Lake Superior. On our way to photograph Two Harbors Lighthouse, we passed a brightly colored tugboat near the ore docks with the name Edna G on the side of its cabin. I snapped just one photograph.
Later, we discovered that the Edna G was built in 1896 and served the iron ore industry of Two Harbors until 1981, with the exception of her service on the east coast during World War I (1917-1919) and being out of service during the depression (1931-1933). She was the last coal-fed, steam-powered tugboat which operated on the Great Lakes. In 1974, the Edna G was designated a National Historic Site and, in 1994, she was fully restored. Today, she is open to the public for tours.