Winner Drawn February 14
It was 1965 when Herbert Carlson was last aboard a Great Lakes freighter, just before the Vietnam War prompted him to join the Navy. But Carlson, now a St. Paul police officer, held the lucky raffle ticket Wednesday and will get to spend 10 days on the Paul R. Tregurtha in June as a guest of the Interlake Steamship Co. 

The company donated the trip to the International Shipmasters Association and the money from the raffle will be used to offset the cost of a recent ISMA convention in Duluth. 

Carlson said his wife, Linda, would join him and he was ecstatic about winning on Valentine's Day. Carlson has entered several drawings to win a lake cruise but wasn't successful until Wednesday. 

The ISMA Twin Ports Lodge #12 would like to thank all who purchased tickets. Thanks also to The Interlake Steamship Company, Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping, Duluth Shipping News and the Duluth Visitors and Convention Bureau web sites.

Picture of Captain Ray Skelton (left) preparing to draw the ticket with assistance from Captain Ed Montgomery.

"Love Those Ships? Win A Trip"

What cruise destination is nearly impossible to get, worth over $4,000, can be won with a raffle ticket and will be drawn on Valentines Day? The Twin Ports Ship Masters Lodge 2001 Great Lakes ship trip! The ships trip raffle was created to help defray the cost of hosting the Ship Masters National Convention, recently held in Duluth.

A cruise on a working Great Lakes Freighter is all but impossible to attain. This special trip, complete with the near legendary food, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience normally reserved only for special guests of shipping company executives and their largest customers. However, in a special event recently, a Great Lakes freighter trip was auctioned off for over $4,000 on the's internet auction site.

A uniformed Captain Ray Skelton, National Grand Lodge President of the International Ship Masters Association, will draw the four (4) lucky winners from the hundreds of raffle tickets sold in the last six months. Captain Ed Montgomery and other Ship Master members will be present as well. This drawing will be at 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 14th at the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board room.

The actual trip will be on the "Queen Of The Lakes", the 1,013 foot "Paul R. Tregurtha". The Master of the vessel is former Duluthian, Captain Mitch Hallin, and the ship is owned by Interlake Steamship Company of Cleveland.

The "Paul R. Tregurtha" is a frequent visitor to the port of Duluth-Superior and the trip will be likely departing Duluth Superior, in June. She will be down bound toward the lower Great Lakes and the trip will last up to 10 days, depending on the ships actual working orders at the time of the trip.

For more information, please refer to the Raffle's Web Site at:

Or contact Capt. Ed Montgomery at 715/392-6287 or



The International Ship Masters' Association Twin Ports Lodge #12 is offering a chance to win a trip on the "Queen of the Lakes", the Paul R. Tregurtha. The Tregurtha is the largest ship sailing on the Great Lake measuring in at 1013’06".

It was built for the Interlake Steamship Company as the companies flag ship with no expense spared to outfit the vessel. Each season the company's most important business customers enjoy a trip on the lakes in the ship's elaborate passenger quarters.

A cruise aboard a lakes freighter is only available to those customers and some family members. The only chance for the general public to enjoy a once-in-a-life-time cruise is through non-profit raffles such as this.

Grand Prize:
One Trip for 4 Adults aboard the Paul R. Tregurtha

The trip will take place in June of 2001. Departure port & exact dates will be coordinated with the winner.
This is a working Great Lakes freighter and liability concerns preclude allowing any person under the age of 18 aboard while underway.

Donation: $10.00 (U.S.) per Ticket

Drawing will be held on Valentines Day, February 14, 2001
Your ticket(s) will be promptly mailed to you. Winners need not be present at drawing to win and will be notified by mail and/or phone.

To purchase tickets, send check or money order to:
ISMA Twin Ports Lodge #12
1014 John Ave.
Superior, WI 54880

Click here to print order form


Wisconsin Raffle license number R21501A-01780

For more information contact:
Capt. Ed Montgomery

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