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Duluth in Saint Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Capstan

 
 
Capstan Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 9, 2014
1. Capstan Marker
Inscription.  
Deck capstans were used on sailing ships centuries ago to handle anchor lines on the heaviest of the ship's tackle. This cast iron geared capstan was recovered from the sunken schooner Samuel P. Ely at Two Harbors, Minnesota, where the ship sunk in 1896. The big 3-master was built in 1869, salvaged for the museum by Elmer Engman[,] Dave Anderson, John Simenson and Randy Bradford.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
 
Location. 46° 46.813′ N, 92° 5.486′ W. Marker is in Duluth, Minnesota, in Saint Louis County. Marker is in Canal Park, at the south end of Canal Park Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Duluth MN 55802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Modern Ship Anchor (a few steps from this marker); McDougall Patent Anchor (a few steps from this marker); Lewis G. Castle (within shouting distance of this marker); Edgar A. Culbertson (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Merchant Marine / U.S. Navy Armed Guard (within shouting distance
Capstan and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 9, 2014
2. Capstan and Marker
Looking southeast toward the Duluth Ship Canal
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of this marker); Northwoods Sailors (within shouting distance of this marker); Modern Ship Propeller (within shouting distance of this marker); Trotman Folding Stock Anchor (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Duluth.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lake Superior Maritime Museum Association. Association homepage (Submitted on November 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. Samuel P. Ely (shipwreck). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on March 11, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

3. Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping. Site homepage (Submitted on November 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
The schooner Samuel P. Ely in Detroit, Michigan image. Click for full size.
via Wikipedia, unknown
3. The schooner Samuel P. Ely in Detroit, Michigan
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 426 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on March 11, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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