Read the 2005 Ely Echo: News Article
The river for which the Naval Tanker AO-146 was named is located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The waters flow north to Hudson Bay. The physical part of the ship also came from this area. The ships steel is made from the Iron Ore Mines like that just south of Babbitt.
There is one scary fact about this rugged land, it is sitting on a fortune in minerals such as copper, nickel, platinum.
The Ojibway/Chippewa word "KAWISHIWI" means
"RIVER FULL OF BEAVER HOUSES"
On map below; click on Ely or Babbitt
To view a video of ore being converted at Taconite Plant at Virginia, MN.
This area is the name sake for the
"USS Kawishiwi AO-146"
The BIG NEWS is
The ship will remain in the water FOREVER
at DANA POINT, CA
.How many ways is the word "KAWISHIWI" used?
Kawishwi Lake; Kawishiwi Lodge; Kawishiwi Lodge & Outfitters; Kawishiwi Falls;
Kawishiwi Trail; Kawishiwi Ranger District; Kawishiwi Field Laboratory;
Kawishiwi River Area Canoe Trips; Kawishiwi Lake Camground;
Sleeping Bears of Kawishiwi;
Well now there is a new one "KAWISHIWI REEF"
A project underway near San Climente Island in California.
It will be creating new marine life by 2014.
The Kawishiwi River Basin drains parts of Lake and Cook Counties in Minnesota and is entirely within the boundaries of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The BWCAW is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System and is administered by the Superior National Forest (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1993). The interior of the basin is accessible by canoe from hundreds of portage-linked lakes and streams, although there are only three road-accessible launch points along the perimeter of the basin. Most lakes and streams are ice covered during the winter, and may only be accessible by snowshoes or skis. A wilderness travel permit issued by the Forest Service is required for all overnight visits in the BWCAW from May 1 through September 30. Camping is permitted only at developed campsites, which have wilderness box latrines.