Fish Tugs of the Greatest Lake
A collection of annals and anecdotes related to the Great Lakes commercial fishery.
Herring Are Silli - The Finnish-American fishermen of the Keweenaw Peninsula: a wartime portrait.
The Smell of Oil-Dipped Corks and Linen Twine - An affectionate memory of steam-powered fishing.
Twenty Hours To Nowhere - A gripping tale of skill, endurance, and courage in a Lake Superior storm.
Adrift On Superior - Engine dead, food gone, hope fading...
The Ordeal of the Energy - A narrow escape off Devils Island.
The Saga of the Thomas Friant-A daring winter trip turns to disaster.
The Last Voyage of the Vernon - First-hand account of a near-tragedy.
My Last Trip On The Preble - Just one more trip- what could go wrong?
The Squatter Goes To Canada - An encounter with Her Majesty's armed forces.
Fish Boat Lost - One century ago: a harrowing experience at Death's Door.
The Marine Compass: Its Care and Adjustment - A closer look at a critical tool.
Ditched! - A fish tug does its part for the war effort.
Crossing The Line - Desperate times, and desperate measures.
The Drum Lesson - Battling wind and ice on Lake Michigan.
Sixty-One Years - An unfinished memoir by the creator of this site, Harvey Hadland.
A Day On Board the Elsie J. - A glimpse of life on a fish tug during hard times.
Commercial Fishing on Lake Superior - Essay by a fisherman's teenage daughter, circa 1920.