Aerial Lift Bridge: Flame Excursion Boat, Duluth, Minnesota

There have been excursions available at the Duluth Harbor through the decades. This craft is part of a 1960s business that becomes the Goldfine family’s Vista Fleet in the 1990s. This outing was during the Duluth celebration called Portorama Days. This excursion boat in in the Duluth harbor. The first Duluth Seaway Portorama of 1960 was celebrated to commemorate the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway the prior year (officially May 3) in Duluth in July 8-14 of 1959. The Duluth Junior Chamber of Commerce, commonly called the Duluth Jaycees, was the sponsor. They crowned a Miss Seaway. It was about nine days in duration, usually late July to early August and later overlapped with the International Folk Festival held each August. The Jaycees announced it would discontinue sponsoring Portorama in 1970.

~ Photo Credit: University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections

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