Postcard from the Steamer Easton

This undated postcard from the V. O. Hammon Publishing Company shows the Steamer Easton in the Duluth Harbor. The image can be roughly dated between 1905 and 1917.

Not to be confused with the canaller bulk steamer of the same name, the Steamer Easton was a passenger and freight carrier operated by A. Booth & Sons along the north and south shores of Lake Superior at the turn of the 20th Century.

The website notes the Easton was almost lost in a 1908 elevator dock fire.

Circa 1910 the Easton was in service during July and August between Duluth, Port Arthur and Isle Royale on alternating days with the Steamer America, leaving Duluth every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and every Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m., according to the 1910 Blue Book of American Shipping.

The Easton also plays a part in the story “A North Shore mother looks to sea” on, accompanied by the photo below.

The Easton was sold to James Ellswell & Co. of New York in 1917, according to The Marine Review magazine.

(Thanks to Gina Temple-Rhodes for research help on this post.)

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