These corner pilings served as bumpers… a little assurance against wind, ice, and new captains.
When the lake levels were especially low, the pilings of Dock 3 that are usually underwater were clearly visible between Dock 2 and Dock 4.
The approach to Dock 4 is long demolished, so it is only accessible when the lake freezes.
Portland Huron and downtown Duluth from the end of the Elevator A slip.
On top of the light hoop, 160-feet up, a ship comes into port, ready to load-up. If you look really close, you can see my shadow cast on the dock below, courtesy of the full moon.
From bottom to top: The demolished Dock 3, the abandoned Dock 4, and the active BNSF Taconite Dock.
Like a grave marker, a single post remembers where Dock 3 stood on the bay.