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Wonderland of the Herring Chokers

Wonderland of the Herring ChokersBook: $5.00
By Ted Tofte

Tales from the early days of commercial fishing on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Museum exclusive!



TofteBook: $6.00
By Chris Tormondsen

A book recalling the early history of the North Shore between Two Harbors and Grand Marais. Sharing experiences and recollections of fishing, hunting, trapping and lumberjacking. Museum exclusive!


A Great Lakes Fisherman

A Great Lakes FishermanBook: $15.95
Written and illustrated by Ed Landin


This book commissioned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was the first published in the 1980s and is newly republished by the museum. Incorporated in a touching story of a young boy paying a summer visit to his great uncle is a comprehensive summary of facts about commercial fishing. Wonderful pen and ink drawings illustrate every aspect. In addition ot the story, you'll find a glossary of fishing terminoloty, pictures and descriptions fo the fish involved in commercial fishing, and detailed information and accompanying pictures regarding the invading species that almost led to the end of both sport and commercial fishing. Museum exclusive!


Tough Men, Tough Boats

Touch Men, Tough BoatsBook: $12.00
By F. Keith Hunt

Trials and triumphs of North Shore commercial fishermen told in 14 interviews.


Look Over Your Shoulder

Look Over Your ShoulderBook: $16.00
By F. Keith Hunt

This new book by Keith Hunt is a collection of interviews with 15 individuals who are representative of the first settlers in Cook County and along the North Shore. Nostalgic memories of the early days in fishing families are told by Tommy Eckel, Marion McKeever and Blaine Fenstad. This is a companion to Keith's first book: Tough Men, Tough Boats.


The Autobiography of a Herring Choker

out of stock

The Autobiography of a Herring ChokerBook: $12.95
By Tom Sjoblom

Tom Sjoblom was born in Larsmont, MN in 1917, and attended school in the one room school house located there. Raised on the shores of Lake Superior, his tales and experiences of fishing for a living make for wonderful reading.


Wake of the Green Storm --Out of Stock

Wake of the Green StormBook: $13.95
By Marlin Bree

It is the inspiring true tale of seafaring in the last frontier. Join Bree in the cockpit of his small sailboat as he goes on the complete his voyage from Grand Portage, MN through the Canadian island archipelago. Here are remarkable stories of dangerous storms, shipwrecks and an island of silver on the notorious water of the world's largest freshwater lake.


Broken Seas- Out of Stock

Broken SeasBook: $15.95
By Marlin Bree

True tales of extraordinary seafaring adventures including that of Helmer Aakvik's November rescue attempt.


Armour: A Lake Superior Fisherman

Out  of Stock

Armour: A Lake Superior FishermanBook: $19.95
By Peter Oikarinen

Amour Sarkela, A Finnish-american, fished for 60 years along the rugged coast of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. His perspective, comments, sharp memory and unique lifestyle are recorded here along with 65 dramatic photographs.


The Fish Peddler

Out of Stock

The Fish PeddlerBook: $14.95
By Clifford Ross Gearhart

Fifty years of commercial fishing on the Upper Great Lakes--what stories can be told! The people and the places, the boats, the men, the joy, and the tears, the good times and the bad. All of these realities are combined to bring the reader face to face with how it was and to a lesser extent how the Great Lakes fishing industry functions today.



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