PDD Video Lab: On the Great Lakes

In this edition of the PDD Video Lab we’ve taken mid-20th Century Duluth footage from the National Archive and set it to the title track from the 2017 Ingeborg von Agassiz album O Giver of Dreams.

Ingeborg von Aggasiz performs an online dinner concert on Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The full National Archive footage is embedded below via Richard Boylan’s Speed Graphic Film and Video channel on YouTube, which features downloaded and edited historical films, with a particular focus on trains, ships and planes.

Below are the notes on the video from the YouTube description:

0:12 The first series of shots shows the steam tugboat GREEN BAY, which at the time was owned by the C. Reiss Coal Company of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Built in 1912 as the GARY, she was re-engined in 1957 with diesel power, then sold and renamed several times after that. Now known as the GROUPER, she is, remarkably, still afloat, tied up in Lyons New York on the Erie Canal. You can see her here: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.06379…
0:48 A series of shots of coal and ore unloading. At least one of the shots of Hulett Unloaders was taken at Conneaut, Ohio, but I haven’t been able to identify where the others were taken.
1:57 A series of shots of the lake freighter FAYETTE BROWN. Built as the CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON in 1910, it was renamed in 1917. On the way to being scrapped in 1964, it was cut adrift in a storm and wrecked on Anicosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
2:39 Approaching Duluth Harbor as the sun sets.
3:54 Daylight now as we see freighters come and go out of Duluth from the lift bridge.
The music, from Leo Sowerby’s FROM THE NORTHLAND (1922), is particularly appropriate here. It was inspired by a trip he took around Lake Superior.

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