Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lake Superior Diamonds!

Every morning on Lake Superior brings a fresh view and this mornings ice shards at Brighton Beach in Duluth were exceptionally beautiful.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Night Flight

The Duluth Shipping Canal looks a bit different from 100ft and although the little photocopter doesn't have a very good camera for night photography, it's useful to get a different perspective on things.

Essayons - A once great Tug!!

I took a walk out to the old Essayons this afternoon to see what it looked like close up. 
Essayons Ruins
Essayon pilot house, roof, stack and navigation mast

Essayons Smoke Stack

Much like going to a graveyard, the once great tug sits on the bottom of the bay, unnoticed nearly buried in the February snow drifts.

The pride of the fleet, the Essayons was the historic retired Army Corps of Engineers tugboat that had been a Twin Ports fixture since 1908. The tug's engine is on display at the Marine Museum in Canal Park.

The tug's owner was hoping to turn the boat into a floating bed and breakfast. However, vandal damage postponed the plan in 2004 and the tug was than docked near the Duluth Timber Company.

In 2009, shifting harbor ice pushed by a strong northeast wind, punctured the hull and the boat sank the the bottom, where it still rests today.

Perhaps someday it will be raised, but, for now, it quietly rests in peace, out of sight, and unnoticed.

"ESSAYONS" means - "Let Us Try" and is the branch song of the Army Corps of Engineers.


Essayons, sound out the battle cry 
Essayons, we'll win or we'll die 
Essayons, there's nothing we won't try 
We're the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
Pin the castle on my collar 
I've done my training for the team 
You can call me an engineer soldier 
The warrior spirit has been my dream 
We are builders, we are fighters 
We are destroyers just as well 
There've been doubters who met with the sappers 
1 - We know our sappers will never fail 
2 - And then we blew them all straight to hell 
Our brothers fighting on the battlefield 
Look to us to point the way 
We get there first and then we take the risks 
To build the roads and the air strips 
And bridge the mighty river streams 
We don't care who gets the glory 
We're sure of one thing, this we know 
Somewhere out there an engineer soldier 
Designed the plan for the whole darn show 
Essayons whether in war or peace 
We will bear our red and our white 
Essayons we serve America 
And the U.S. Army Corps of engineers 
Essayons! Essayons!

Summer Day's

Just a reminder that summer is right around the corner!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Just another "Duluth" snowflake that I photographed last Friday.