Friday, March 16, 2018

New GLA Cam installed

The new GLA cam is now installed.  I still have some tweaking to do on it, but, it's good to see the view.
Thanks to everyone who donated to the replacement after it failed last week. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Two Harbors Fishermen 031018 - The rest of the story

The previous video showed the last half of a long challenge for two fishermen determined to get their boat into Lake Superior.  This video is a 5 minute timelapse of the entire two-hour endeavor.

-Early Spring fishing, certainly has its challenges.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Two Harbors Ice Fishing/Breaking

These two fishermen (perhaps Sven and Ole) are the most determines guys that I have seen on the cams.  Saturday morning, after chopping a place for their boat, the two were finally able to launch and break their way free onto Lake Superior.

They returned six hours later.

A good example of ice fishing and breaking when needed.

Music by: Eric Matyas

Harborcam Update

Superior Entry Cam

  • I will be testing the new antenna system when it arrives later this week.
  • Wiring upgrades on the Superior Piers should be done in the next few weeks.
  • The new camera is ready for installations once the other system wiring and antennas are in place and tested.
  • Still hoping for around May 1st.
  • The New camera has been ordered and I should be able to get it in place by later this week.
  •  Boat crews are returning to the big boats that have been layed up here for the winter.
  • The Alder, along with the larger tugs will begin icebreaking operations this week.
  • The Alder will be going out on a press tour Thursday at 9AM.
  • Other Great Lakes icebreaking operations are also starting up this week.
  • Expect Large boat traffic by March 23rd.
  • The Soo Locks open on March 25th.

Know Your Ships 2018 now available

The 2018 version of Know your Ships is now available over at:

Friday, March 9, 2018

Complete GLA Camera Failure!

Update: 17:30 - Thanks to the 25 people who donated to the GLA cam replacement. I just ordered the new cam and it will be here next week.

Amazing that we can raise nearly $1000 in 5 hours.  - Thanks so much. The new camera is the same model that was installed at the Two Harbors Boat Launch. I will hang on to the old one for parts.

12:00 - I was able to get on the roof of the Great Lakes Aquarium this morning after not being unable to access the camera remotely after multiple resets.

After testing the power supplies on the roof, I had to remove the camera for testing on the bench. It appears that after 4 years of continuous operation the camera has completely failed.
The GLA is a great location for a camera and I will start another fundraiser to replace this camera.

The good thing is that everything is in place for a new camera and it shouldn't take long to get a new one in service.

And so it goes!

p.s. - Wisconsin Point is stilll moving forward.