Maunaloa II picture worth a thousand words

Above, Upper Lakes Shipping’s Maunaloa II arrived at the Hallett & Carey elevator dock in Superior on November 29, 1958 after coming down the north shore of Lake Superior with a cargo of grain from Fort William, Ontario. The low temperature on the previous night was 24 degrees below zero. The ship had been running in ‘frost fog’ caused by the extremely cold temperature of the air and the relatively warm temperature of Lake Superior, still in November. The ice fog, and not wave action, caused the heavy icing on all the ship’s exposed surfaces. The temperature at the time the picture was taken (9 a.m.) was minus 18 degrees. The Maunaloa II was built in 1899. It eventually became a part of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company fleet until sold to the Canadian company Upper Lakes Shipping in 1945. The boat was scrapped in 1972 in Toronto. Ironically, given the picture above, the boat was named after the volcano Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-17-2007
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