March 07, 2005

*Did I Ever Tell You About That Boat?

See that boat in the picture on the bottom-left corner of my banner? That boat is the Twilite, and it is sitting on the beach at my great-grandfather's fishery. My great-grandfather and his two brothers were sons of Swedish immigrants who settled into northern Wisconsin. They liked the weather, I suppose.

The picture was taken from the L-shaped dock that protected the beach area somewhat from Lake Superior. The water inside the dock was fairly deep, having been dredged out to make room for...a boat. On the other side of the dock building you see on the right, there is a beach with cliffs behind it. The water is nice and shallow there, and sometimes you can find arrowheads in the sand.

Behind and above the buildings you can see in the picture is Roy's old house. We would park there, then make our way down the steep steps to the beach. Now you can, too.

(Additional boat info in the extended for those interested in such things.)

From this site:

TWILITE 237134 Built at Bayfield, WI in 1937 by Halvor A. Reiten, for Hokenson Bros. Fishery, Little Sand Bay, Bayfield. The 36 ft. vessel was equipped with a diesel Caterpillar tractor motor, converted to marine use. In 1946 the Caterpillar was replaced with a GM 6-71 diesel. After ceasing operations in 1953 the owners sold the boat to Art Krone, Bayfield. Sold again and converted to a cruiser, the boat was finally bought by the National Park Service, returned to Sand Bay and rebuilt to its original configuration. The Caterpillar, which the Hokensons had retained, was installed. The boat is presently on display on the marine railway at the restored Hokenson Fishery, operated by the National Park Service.

As a side note, I discovered in my genealogy research that Reiten was actually a cousin of the family.

Posted by Jennifer at March 7, 2005 10:00 AM


I used to swim in lake superior too, only in Minnesota (north of Duluth) I miss it so much.
I miss the 40 below zero temps, and the mosquito filled summer evenings. It's a polarizing place, you love it or hate it.
That boat has quite a history, I like it.

Posted by: Brian at March 7, 2005 12:08 PM

Wow! That's neat. :-)

(I always knew your family would end up on an official government site. I just wasn't thinking 'tourism'.)

Posted by: Jim at March 8, 2005 04:45 AM