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Along the Shore

Do you know this boat?

This small boat was found on an island near Grand Portage. Where did it come from? | SUBMITTED

THUNDER BAYIn September, Chelsea Ellard, age 11, found a little wooden three masted schooner marooned on a small island on Lake Superior. This island is located within a group of islands known as The Susies. The island is situate at N 47 degrees 58.718 W 89 degrees 35.287, which is near the U.S. border between Grand Portage and the Pigeon River Border Crossing.

The sailboat was hand carved with very distinct designs carved on the hull, a rock for a keel and birchbark for sails. But where did it sail from? Who carved this beautiful little vessel? Wherever it originated, it must have travelled many miles as The Susies are a considerable distance to any port.

Can you help solve the mystery? If you have any information, please email

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