|Manganese Falls (down in a canyon)|
|Eastern White Pine|
In Copper Harbor, Bob stopped in at the Visitor Center to use their internet connection while I roamed across the street to Swede's Gift Shop.
|Swede's Gift Shop, Copper Harbor, Michigan|
After Bob finished his work, we headed south. Next stop Brockway Mountain. Bob wanted to make a cell phone call and there is a signal up there. On the way up, we stopped at an overlook of Lake Superior and Lake Fanny Hooe. Gorgeous panorama.
|Lake Fanny Hooe (where we camped at Ft. Wilkins)|
|Lake Superior from the overlook|
|A freighter way out on the lake|
Now it's time to talk about my side of the family. I, too, have relatives I'm proud of who lived in the Upper Peninsula (U.P. - Yoopers). A whole museum in Eagle Harbor (Eagle Harbor Life-Saving Station), and part of a second museum (Maritime Museum at the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse complex) are dedicated to my family.
|Me holding the book with stories about my relatives.|
|Maritime Museum at the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex|
Captain Tucker stayed with the Eagle Harbor Station through their transition to the U.S. Coast Guard, returning to Portage in 1918 as their fifth Keeper.
He and his wife Flora (now I know where my Aunt Flora got her name!) had nine children; their son Chester served as Surfman #5 on the L. C. Waldo rescue. Their daughter Winifred Ida married #1 Surfman Anthony Glaza.
|My great grandpa, Keeper Charles Tucker|
The Waldo was headed from Two Harbors, Minnesota to the lower lakes when, on Nov. 7, 1913, "northwest winds and blinding snows caught up with them, driving heavy seas across the Waldo's bow and applying a veneer of ice to her decks.
"At midnight, the shrieking winds piled up a mountainous wave that plucked the pilot house from its moorings and swept it overside. The captain, mate and wheelsman leapt for a hatchway and somehow hung on as backlash from the wave threatened to claim them as well."
Captain Duddleson hoped to guide the ship to shelter behind Manitou Island, but he had not found Manitou Island, instead it was Gull Rock which stopped the Waldo with a big jolt. The forward deckhouse, life boats and rafts were swept overboard. There was no escape onto the rock ledges of Gull Island. Everyone on board made their way to the windlass room, the only dry spot on the broken ship. An upside-down bathtub with one end elevated on bricks was used as a makeshift fireplace. Pails with the bottoms cut out and placed together up to a porthole served as the chimney. Anything that could burn was chopped into small pieces and burned. The windlass room was completely encased in ice.
Three days later a passing freighter saw the Waldo, and the freighter's captain put some of his own men ashore in Bete Gris to sound the alarm for the Eagle Harbor Life-Saving Station. Captain Tucker and crew had a challenge...he "and his crew of eight had to rely on their small, eight-horsepower surfboat because their larger craft was in the midst of repairs.
"At the end of six hours, in full exposure to the gale, the surfboat had covered scarcely four miles and had become so caked with ice that it was difficult to control. Reluctantly, the captain gave the order to return to their station, by which time the crew members themselves were so solidly encased in ice that they needed assistance in removing their life preservers and outer garments." [Note: A crew from Portage was also dispatched when they heard of the Eagle Harbor crew's predicament with repairs being needed to their larger craft.]
"After a change of clothes and some hot food, the entire crew turned out to complete repairs on their [larger] lifeboat, and at 3 a.m. the following morning, they began their second effort to reach the stricken Waldo. This time they were successful, covering the 28-mile distance in four hours and arriving just as the Portage crew had hollered up a response from within the frozen hulk of the freighter...
"Two feet of ice encased the windlass room, and it took considerable chopping from both sides to free the prisoners within."
All 29 people were rescued from the Waldo. Each member of the crew from the Eagle Harbor Life-Saving Station as well as the Portage Life-Saving Station were given a Gold Medal from the Treasury Department. Three of my relatives were on the Eagle Harbor Life-Saving crew, my great grandpa Captain Charles Tucker, my great uncle Chester Tucker, and my great uncle Tony Glaza.
|Another Captain Tucker story|
|My great uncle, Captain Tony Glaza, Sr.|
When we finished at the Eagle Harbor Life-Saving Museum, we crossed the bay to the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex. At the lighthouse complex, two more buildings had history about Captain Tucker and Captain Glaza. In fact, many of the photos in the museums were taken by Captain Anthony Glaza. One of the museums at the lighthouse has one of the Chryslers from City of Bangor's shipwreck.
We were hungry, so in between museums we had a late lunch at the Eagle Harbor Inn. It was amazing. If you're ever in Eagle Harbor, stop in and have an excellent meal.
|Eagle Harbor Life-Saving Station Museum in foreground|
|Eagle Harbor Lighthouse|
|Eagle Harbor Lighthouse|
|Eagle Harbor Lighthouse overlooking Lake Superior|
|Bob in front of 1927 Chrysler from City of Bangor|
|Driving new Chryslers across the ice|
|Chryslers lined up for winter|
|1927 Chrysler hood ornamentation|
|Another Captain Tucker rescue article|
|Captain Tucker in back center, his daughter, Ethel, bottom center.|
|Captain Tony Glaza|
|Treadle Singer sewing machine|
|Explanation of "Crazy Quilt"|
Once we finished with all the museums, we continued on our circle tour. One of the places I was hoping to visit was Jampot Bakery, but I had no idea where it was. As we were driving by, I saw it and said, "Oh, it's the Jampot Bakery, I want to stop!" Jampot is run by Byzantine Monks who work to support themselves by making jams, jellies, fruit butters, cookies, fruitcake, muffins, brittles, pancake mix, trail mix, truffles and brownies. When we pulled in we saw a tour bus parked in the lot. About 15 people were crowded into their little retail space. The tourists were leaving with boxes of products. Thankfully we got there toward the end of their buying spree and only had about six people in line ahead of us.
|Interior of Jampot Bakery. (Photo taken with permission.)|
|Eagle River Falls|
|Eagle River's copper history|
|Harbor Haus Restaurant (unfortunately it's for sale)|
|Marinated trout, mushroom risotto and mixed veggies|
|View of Lake Superior from dining room.|
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