L.L. Smith Jr. and young passengers

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The L.L. Smith Jr. entered the Duluth ship canal on Thursday afternoon (above) with a bow full of 5th graders from the Bryant Elementary School in Superior. The Smith is a research vessel owned by the University of Wisconsin that provides environmental education programs during a 3 hour cruise in the Harbor, on the St. Louis River and out on Lake Superior. This was the second trip of the year for the Smith but the first one that included Lake Superior. High winds kept them off the lake on their first trip on Tuesday. Another research vessel, the Blue Heron, is expected to return from a two day trip this afternoon. The Blue Heron is owned and operated by the Large Lakes Observatory at UMD. Photo taken on May 21, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-22-2009

L. L. Smith Jr. cruises

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After visiting Bayfield, Washburn, Ashland, Grand Marais and Silver Bay starting on June 16th, the research vessel L.L. Smith Jr. will depart Duluth today around noon and go to Two Harbors to host four 3-hour environmental cruises on July 10th, 11th and 12th. The boat is owned by the University of Wisconsin Superior. They, along with Minnesota Sea Grant, sponsor the program. Go to the Sea Grant web site at: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu for more information. The 59-foot Smith was built in Superior in 1950 and is still powered by its original Kahlenberg 5-cylinder direct-drive engine.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-10-2008

L.L. Smith Jr. environmental research vessel

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The L.L. Smith Jr., a research vessel owned by the University of Wisconsin, is used to provide environmental education programs around Lake Superior. During the school year, the Smith takes area school children on 3 hour cruises in and just outside the harbor. In the summer, they move out to other communities on Lake Superior where the cruises are open to the public. Today, they leave Duluth to provide 4 programs in Two Harbors on Friday and Saturday. The emphasis in these programs will be on water quality. The boat will return Saturday evening. Photo taken July 18, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-13-2006

L.L. Smith Jr. bound for Two Harbors

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The L.L. Smith Jr.., a research vessel owned by the University of Wisconsin, has been taking groups on 3-hour environmental cruises on Western Lake Superior this summer. They will depart Duluth this afternoon for Two Harbors where 4 trips are planned from there.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-08-2004