Black and white photograph of the launching of the Genesee at Port Cargill, Savage, September 4, 1943.

Launching of the Genesee

Launching of the Genesee at Port Cargill, Savage, September 4, 1943.

Black and white photograph of a shipbuilding crew at Port Cargill, Savage, ca. 1941.

Shipbuilding crew at Port Cargill

Shipbuilding crew at Port Cargill, Savage, ca. 1941.

Black and white photograph of the launching of the Agawam at Savage, 1943. Photograph by Minneapolis Star Journal.

Launching the Agawam

Launching the Agawam at Savage, 1943. Photograph by Minneapolis Star Journal.

Black and white photograph of a Navy tanker being built at Savage, ca. 1942.

Navy tanker at Savage

Navy tanker being built at Savage, ca. 1942.

Launching of the vessel “Sweetgum,” built by Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Co., Duluth, Minnesota. Image courtesy of the United States Coast Guard.

Sweetgum Launch in Duluth

Launching of the vessel “Sweetgum,” built by Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Co., Duluth, Minnesota. Image courtesy of the United States Coast Guard.

A newspaper ad for the “Quint Fleet” launching of five boats into the Twin Ports. Used with the permission of the National World War II Museum.

Quint Fleet Launch

A newspaper ad for the “Quint Fleet” launching of five boats into the Twin Ports. Used with the permission of the National World War II Museum.

Savage Shipyard

In 1942, the US military re-purposed the Cargill shipyard at Savage to produce ships to serve in World War II. By the end of the war, the Savage shipyard had produced twenty-two ships. In 1975, many of these were scrapped, but some eventually saw service overseas.

Black and white photograph of a railroad depot in Iona, 1909.

Railroad depot in Iona

Railroad depot in Iona, 1909.

This Day in Minnesota History

December 20, 2017

The last Boeing 747 jumbo jet in Delta Airlines' fleet makes its final landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The long-distance luxury jet, introduced in 1968, put Minnesota-based Northwest Airlines, which merged with Delta in 2008, on the international flight map.

Black and white photograph of the locomotive turntable, Currie, September 1976.

Locomotive turntable at Currie

Locomotive turntable, Currie, September 1976.

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