Hit up some history

So it’s not the Edmund Fitzgerald, but the Steamer America did sink off Isle Royale in 1928, and that wreck is pretty popular among divers.

And now, Mark Wick — nephew of John Wick, First Mate on the Steamer America on the night it sank — is giving a presentation on its history at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Carlton County Historical Society museum in Cloquet.

Wick, a retired police officer from Duluth, will regale with tales of the ship that was once the lifeline for North Shore settlers during the 26 years before roads were built.

The program goes hand-in-hand with the museum’s current exhibit “New Land, New Life! Norwegian Immigration in Minnesota: 1825-1925.” It’s sponsored by the Cloquet Sons of Norway Lodge.

Regular admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children younger than 12 and no charge for children younger than 5 or CCHS members. For more information, call (218) 879-1938.

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