A Thrilling Sight

Lift Bridge Thrilling Sight

This image is from an undated postcard published by Gallagher’s Studio of Photography in Duluth.

Photo description from the back of the card:

The French Ship Racroi enters the Duluth-Superior Harbor through the famous Aerial Lift Bridge. Also shown is the Streamliner, an excursion boat. A tug helps guide the 13,000-ton bulk cargo carrier Racroi, which is 555 feet long with a 69-foot boom and a 27-foot draft.

The date of the photo can pretty confidently be narrowed to between 1959 and 1961. It was 1959 when Ted Gozanski, Hyman Kraner and Jimmy Oreck began offering tours on the 96-passenger Streamliner. Two years later it was traded for the Flamingo, a 144-passenger boat.

Eventually, the business evolved into what is today known as the Vista Fleet.

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