Duluth-Superior Harbor Circa 1975


This postcard image was published by Gallagher’s Studio of Photography. My great aunt Jennie mailed it to me in 1975, noting she had a “wonderful ride on a boat called the Vista Queen.” She specified that “there were 147 people on the boat” and “the trip took two hours.”

I was 3 years old at the time, and my family was living in Albuquerque, N.M., with plans to move back to Duluth. Jennie ended her message with, “Little Paul, can you count all the boats in the picture on this card?”

Well, I’m 40 years old now and I got the answer wrong. I counted 12 boats. How many do you see, little readers?

The printed info on the postcard reads: “Duluth-Superior Harbor: Foreign vessels are shown at the Arthur M. Clure Public Marine Terminal. The Duluth-Superior Harbor is the westerly terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway.”

And that concludes today’s Show and Tell.



about 11 years ago

I see 14 (there's at least one cruiser parked off of Park Point).


about 11 years ago

I only see 14, where is the 15th?

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

I think the answer is either 14 or 15. The "cruiser parked off Park Point" that Bad Cat mentioned is really difficult to confirm. There is something there that looks like it might be a boat.

The easy-to-miss one is in the slip in front of the Peavey terminal elevator.


about 11 years ago

The correct answer is "all of them."


about 11 years ago

Hmm, kind of a question where the answer depends on you visual accuity. 

I can see 13 easily. There might be one off Park Point, but I can't see it.

But then there are three life boats on the closest big boats that I think I can see. And then a bunch more that I can only infer.

So, this little reader can see 16.


about 11 years ago

Oops! I was using a blow-up of the copy I made and missed one. Make it 17 I can see.

Soren d'Hillside

about 11 years ago

Due to latent Wolfpack actions, only 14 remain on the surface.

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