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|70k||Ex-LCT(5)-203 in merchant service as Outer Island at Bayfield, WI. World War II LCT veterans attending the 20th LCT reunion in June 2003 take their first ride on an LCT in almost 60 years.||LCT Flotillas of World War II ETO PTO web site|
|38k||Outer Island under way on Lake Superior, date unknown.
Photo by Walt Slater
|Richard Fox, WWII LCT web site|
|8k||Outer Island under way hauling logs for Lullabye Furniture Co., Stevens Point. Photo from the 1959 Lullabye Catalog. Outer Island (named after one of the Apostle Islands) is a working vessel in the Bayfield area, used for dredging, setting and building docks, hauling rocks and other marine construction. Sold to the Lullabye Furniture Company after WWII, and then sold in 1964 for $50,000 to Bayfield businessman and former mayor Ed Erickson. It is now owned by Ken Dobson and berthed at the former Erickson Marina in Bayfield. The barge spent four years in Racine helping lay the city's water line from Lake Michigan. In 1972, it was nearly crushed by early winter ice in the Straits of Mackinac.
Outer Island itself has also played major roles in historic preservation and research. It served as the platform for a 2001 project led by Wisconsinís Underwater Archeology Program to replace the 15,000 pound boiler taken in 1961 from the wreck of the schooner Pretoria. The Pretoria was lost in 1905 during a storm off Outer Island (for more on this fascinating story see Wisconsin's Great Lakes Shipwrecks). In 1970 Outer Island served as the work platform for a research team led by the University of Wisconsin and the U.S. Coast Guard Oceanographic Office working on the Keweenaw Current Project (the Keweenaw Current is the Gulf Stream like current of Lake Superior). Photo and info courtesy of UWSP (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) Library, photo by Walt Slater
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