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As I mentioned in yesterdays blog there were some large waves on Lake Superior over the weekend. This is a shot of the waves hitting s line of rocks just offshore.


The waves were so large that they were coming over the Lakewalk.


The waves were so large that they exposed the pillar that had fallen into the lake earlier in the year. When it fell in it turned upside down and you can see the wood foundation sticking out of the water between the swells.


After photographing the waves coming over the breakwater I walked along the lakewalk. There were a bunch of kids on the lakewalk waiting to get hit by the waves.


Last week a part of Duluth, Minnesota’s historical waterfront disappeared. Harvey’s Mausoleum a.k.a. the cribs lost the pillar that stood between the shore and the main part of the Mausoleum. It took a while before folks realized that was missing.

Uncle Harvey's Mausoleum

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum

The Mausoleum was a popular spot for swimming in the summer and in recent years swimmers had attached a slack line between the pillar and the main structure entertaining tourists with their efforts.


I assumed the pillar was solid concrete but , in fact, it was a wood frame timber structure sheathed in concrete. The concrete below the water had fallen away and the timbers apparently weakened. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad provided some underwater video of the fallen pillar. This photo was taken after the pillar disappeared.


It had been raining in Duluth, Minnesota for almost a week and I had been under the weather so I hadn’t gotten out much. I noticed the Presque Isle was going to be leaving port. It was still raining out but thanks to the sky-walk system in Duluth I was able to walk down to the harbor in comfort. I was able to watch the Presque Isle make the turn for the Lift Bridge while still in the DECC. I walked over to the Lift Bridge to take a few photos of the ship leaving the harbor.


That’s when I heard the roar of the waves hitting the beach. When I reached the beach I noticed that the strong winds had blown ice from the lake into shore and the high waves were coming over the breakwater. When the waves hit the shore the water was way above the breakwater. The water would fall onto the breakwater then chunks’ of ice would fall out of the sky. It was a little dangerous because some of the ice chunks were as big as softballs.

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum-

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum