This picture gives you the idea of how the boat-loading control rooms are set up; they lean over the dock and Lake Superior to be able to see down into the holds of the boats… important, considering how quickly it loaded the boats! An uneven load could put stress on the hull of a laker, increasing the risk it will break and sink.
Sawdust is the most classic of insulation materials.
Rivets are sexy, and this old machine has more than a fair share.
The holes were for men to poke reluctant ore with long poles, with the hope that a lucky jab would let the load slide down into the boat below. Now they’re just traps.
Old boathouses near the dock.
A typical hallway in the rocket assembly line.
A tight-winding wooden staircase leads to where the ropes are tied above the stage. I am standing next to the big old film speakers while taking this.
Spring melt flows down the rusty rock house. In the background is the frame for the shaft.