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Steamships and Tourism

tourismSteamships were crucial to the development of tourism on the North Shore and Isle Royale. In its beginnings, commercial fishermen began to take in overnight guests in the 1920's to supplement their income. From rustic, cold water cabins to luxury hotels, resorts have proven to be a lasting part of the economy of the North Shore. Steamships helped this fledgling industry by promoting the resorts and transporting potential guests.

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Martin Christiansen, captain of the Winyah Martin Christiansen managed the business of buying fish, carrying freight and transporting passengers on the Winyah, an H. Christiansens and Sons' steamship that plied the shore of Isle Royale from the late 1920's until 1944.

The steamship captains, representing a link to the outside world, were very important personalities along the North Shore. They are remembered as nearly inseparable parts of the ships they commanded.

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