Sunday, June 30, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Saturday 6/29/2013

Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived at 14:05
James R. Barker arrived at 14:25
Alpena arrived at 17:55
Philip R. Clarke departed at 23:10

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Off Topic - Picking up chicks

I picked up my delivery of baby chicks today at the post office.  The girls are making themselves at home and should be laying eggs in 3-4 months.

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Friday 6/28/2013

Presque Isle departed at 09:55
Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 10:05
Philip R. Clarke arrived at 17:05
H. Lee White departed at 18:00
Algoma Montrealais arrived at 19:50
Isa depart at 20:30 and 21:20

Friday, June 28, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 6/27/2013

Walter J. McCarthy Jr.  arrived at 02:45
James R. Barker departed at 04:20
Cason J. Callaway arrived at 04:50
Edgar B. Speer departed at 07:35
Joseph L. Block arrived at 08:15
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed at 15:00
Cason J. Callaway departed at 16:45
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 23:30

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Wednesday 6/26/2013

Baie St. Paul departed at 02:05
James R. Barker arrived at 16:20
Sundew departed at 18:00
Presque Isle arrived 18:20
Presque Isle Arrival

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lafarge Cam off line

10:00 Power restored

19:30 - Update -  Battery went dead, The inverter I was using may have been too much of a draw.  I should get it going by tomorrow morning.

The LaFarge Cam went off line at 17:57  -- investigating

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Tuesday 6/25/2013

Edgar B. Speer arrived at 02:05
Arthur M. Anderson departed at 06:15
Indiana Harbor departed at 11:20
Baie St. Paul arrived at 17:20
American Mariner departed at 17:37
Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort departed at 17:55
Isa arrived at 19:10

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Into the Mist

The Arthur M Anderson left port this morning at 6AM sailing into a cool Lake Superior mist.

Isa Arrival

After several days of waiting the 655ft Cyprus flagged Isa headed into port this evening for a load of grain.
With a little help from the local tugs, the Isa made for a splendid view.

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Monday 6/24/2013

American Mariner arrived at 00:05
H. Lee White arrived at 05:23
St. Clair departed at 07:21
Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 18:40
Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort arrived at 22:45
Indiana Harbor arrived at 23:50

Monday, June 24, 2013

LaFarge Camera Update

12:00 - 06/24/2013 -- Update.  The Lafarge cam is now up and running with a new solar power system.
No guarantees, since I built this out of stuff I had laying around my shop. One thing for sure, I will continue to tinker and keep these cameras going.





06:00 6/24/2013--It has been two weeks since the Lafarge camera has been offline due to a power failure at the vacant plant.  During that time I have constructed a solar power supply that hopefully provide enough power for the camera system.

I will be moving the system to the top of the building today and with any luck have the camera up and running this afternoon.

Fog Finally Breaks

The heavy fog that has been laying over the Head of the Lakes finally blew out as the winds shift out if the east. Just in time to catch to CSL Laurentien departing into the retreating fog bank.

Perigee/Supermoon

The 2013 supermoon was a remarkable sight last evening as it came floating out of the Lake Superior horizon. It was the largest supermoon this year.

The moonrise got plenty of attention from Lakewalk spectators as it broke into the clear shortly after topping the North Pier lighthouse.


Also known as a perigee moon, the event occurs when a full moon lines up with the Earth and the sun at a specific point in its orbit, called the lunar perigee. That's the point at which the moon is nearest to Earth as it traces its elliptical path around our planet.

Since it's closer to us, the moon appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. Coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, the term "supermoon" essentially means a bigger and brighter full moon.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Fog!

Thick heavy fog has delayed shipping and blinded the harbor cameras over the past few day.  It's all a wonderful part of Duluth.


Hang on, after one more day of rain, the winds will shift and you will see another side of Duluth in full summer beauty. Monday will be partly cloudy and 80 degrees.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Races for Wednesday 6/19/2013

Hon James L Oberstar departure

Cason J. Callaway arrived at 02:00
Hon. James L. Oberstar departed at 04:38
Victoriaborg arrived at 06:43
Joseph L. Block arrived at 16:45
Sailboat Races 17:30

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Superior Sailing!

Wednesday night draws sailboats out to Lake Superior and even though the winds were light, the boats cruised through the placid waters of the big lake like a school of fish.

Made me think of this poem by John Masefield:
A Wanderer’s Song

A winds in the heart of me, a fires in my heels,
I am tired of brick and stone and rumbling wagon-wheels;
I hunger for the sea’s edge, the limits of the land,
Where the wild winds old Atlantic is shouting on the sand.

Oh I’ll be going, leaving the noise of the street,
To where a lifting foresail-foot is yanking at the sheet;
To a windy, tossing anchorage where yawls and ketches ride,
Oh I’ll be going, going, until I meet the tide.

And first I’ll hear the sea-wind, the mewing of the gulls,
The clucking sucking of the sea about the rusty hulls,
The songs at the capstan at the hooker warping out,
And then the heart of me’ll know I’m there or thereabout.

Oh I am sick of brick and stone, the heart of me is sick,
For windy green unquiet sea, the realm of Moby Dick;
And I’ll be going going, form the roaring of the wheels,
For a wind’s in the heart of me, a fire’s in my heel’s.

Enger Park Overlook

While the view of Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor is enjoyable any time of the day, an early morning sunrise viewed from the new Enger Park gazebo really brings together God's created beauty into one scene.

Duluth Harbor Trivia for 6/19/2013

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Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Tuesday 6/18/2013

Arthur M. Anderson departed at 02:50
Indiana Harbor arrived at 10:35
Indiana Harbor departed at 21:30

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Monday 6/17/2013

Lee A. Tregurtha arrived at 02:17
American Century arrived at 02:34
Alpena arrived at 06:38
Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 07:37
Lakes Contender/Ken Boothe, Sr. departed at 08:30
James R. Barker arrived at 09:15
Lee A. Tregurtha departed at 12:42
American Century departed at 14:00
James R. Barker departed at 23:30

Monday, June 17, 2013

Duluth Harbor Trivia Question for 6/16/2013

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Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Sunday 6/16/2013

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed at 01:33
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 05:12
Algoma Navigator departed at 08:29
Lakes Contender/Ken Boothe, Sr. arrived at 10:20
Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 15:15

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Canal Park Morning

As we approach the Summer Solstice, the sun is rising as far north on the Lake Superior horizon as it will get all year.
Inner Range Lighthouse - Duluth (HDR)

Duluth Harbor Trivia Question for Sunday 6/16/2013

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Duluth Harbor BOat Traffic for Saturday 6/15/2013

Algoma Navigator arrived at 14:00
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived at 15:00

Friday, June 14, 2013

Morning Lights

Dawn on the shores of Lake Superior is a treat anytime, but, once in awhile, it is stunning.
North Pier Lighthouse (HDR photography)


Duluth Harbor Trivia Question for 6/14/2013

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Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 6/13/2013

Philip R. Clarke arrived at 20:20
Atlantic Huron arrive at 21:15

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Park Point Sunrise

The sun rises over Lake Superior at 5:15AM this time of year.  Although it's a bit early, there is just something special about this time of day when it's quiet and beautiful.

Duluth Harbor Trivia Question for 6/13/2013

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Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Wednesday 6/12/2013

James R. Barker departed at 01:52
Cason J. Callaway arrived at 09:15
Indiana Harbor arrived at 12:55
Cason J. Callaway departed at  19:30
Indiana Harbor departed at 23:30

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Minnesota Slip Morning

The Minnesota Slip is one of those quiet places that you tend to overlook as you stroll across the small foot bridge (Minnesota Slip Bridge) along the harbor side of the Lakewalk.

These photos were taken at 5:30AM this morning, using HDR photography.



T/S State of Michigan

The T/S State of Michigan visited the Twin Ports yesterday and departed today. This picture was taken this morning before it departed.

Originally launched in 1985 as the USNS Persistent the T/S State of Michigan was commissioned as a Stalwart class Tactical Auxiliary General Ocean Surveillance Ship She was built as an ocean submarine surveillance vessel to tow highly sensitive sonar arrays to track Soviet submarines during the Cold War.  In 1998, the USNS Persistent and her sister ship, the USNS Vindicator were transferred to the United States Coast Guard to be used in drug regulation. Even after overhauls to the USNS Persistent, she was determined to be too slow to keep up with the drug policing and became available to other government agencies.

In August 2002, the vessel, whose name was changed to the T/S State of Michigan by the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, departed for the Great Lakes by way of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The training ship is now used as a daily laboratory environment and is also used underway allowing cadets to put into practice the theory and skills they have learned prior to their commercial sea projects
Ship specifications
Length: 224 ft.
Beam: 43 ft.
Draft: 15 ft.
Speed: 11 knots
( Info from Wikipedia)

Duluth Harbor Trivia Question for Wednesday 6/12/2013

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Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Tuesday 6/11/2013

State of Michigan arrived at 06:00
James R. Barker arrived at 11:10
American Integrity departed at 12:30
Eemsborg (Dutch) departed at 13:47
Yulia (Lib) departed at 18:10
Cedarglen departed at 22:30

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Yulia (Liberia) departs


Under clear skies and 80 degree weather, warm breeze escorted the Liberian freighter Yulia out of the Duluth Harbor.

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Duluth Harbor Traffic for Monday 6/10/2013

Kaye E. Barker departed at 01:55
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 02:51
Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 13:35
American Integrity arrived at 18:00
Joseph L. Block departed at 19/;30
Cedarglen arrive at 20:30

Monday, June 10, 2013

Harbor Views

Evenings are a particularly nice time to watch some boats and this evening was no exception. While I was on top of the Lafarge Plant this evening trying to figure out a power supply for the webcam, I snapped a few pictures.
Sunken Tug Essayons

Yulia

Cedarglen

Cedarglen

Duluth Harbor Trivia Question for 6/10/2013

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Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Sunday 6/9/2013

James R. Barker arrived at 02:56
James R. Barker departed at 12:40

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Duluth Harbor Trivia Question for 6/9/2013

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Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Saturday 6/8/2013

Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 07:00
Joseph L. Block arrived at 19:00
Arthur M. Anderson departed at 19:35
Kaye E. Barker arrived at 22:30

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Minnesota Sunset

It has been a fairly cool spring in the Northland, but, summer isn't far off.  Last evening was a good indication of the slowly advancing summer when the sunset on Caribou Lake North of Duluth sparked a glowing horizon that lit up the northern sky into beautiful a backdrop as a local fisherman enjoyed the setting.




Duluth Harbor Trivia Question for Saturday 6/8/2013

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Note: Lafarge Camera offline

Update 06:00 6/8 - Power remains off to the Lafarge Camera -- Unknown return time. Since the building is abandoned, there is an unknown return time.

Update 17:00 6/7 -- Power is out to the entire Lafarge Plant -- Duration unknown.  The camera will be up as soon as power is restored.

12:00 6/7 The Lafarge camera has gone offline, I will be checking it later today.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Dennis

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Friday 6/7/2013

St. Clair departed at 04:10
Great Republic arrived at 06:10
Eemsborg (Dutch) arrived at 13:00
Great Republic departed at 22:20

Friday, June 7, 2013

June 7, 1928: The Steamship America goes down

By Tony Dierkins - Zenith City Online
The America DEPICTED in a postcard made between 1900 and 1915. (Image: X-Comm)

The America DEPICTED in a postcard made between 1900 and 1915. (Image: X-Comm)
On this day in Duluth in 1928, the beloved Steamship America wrecked at Isle Royale. The America left Grand Marais the previous evening for Isle Royale to drop off passengers at the Singer Hotel Dock on Washington Island before heading to Port Arthur (today’s Thunder Bay), Ontario. In the early morning hours of June 7, with the first mate at the helm, she struck a reef near Isle Royale’s Washington Harbor, skidding over the rocks four times and ripping a hole in her hull just below the engine room on the starboard side. The ship’s pumps couldn’t keep up with the water pouring in. The captain ordered the ship to steer for the north gap of Washington Harbor in an attempt to beach her, but it struck more rocks and stopped ninety feet from shore.
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Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 6/6/2013

Mesabi Miner arrived at 01:12
St. Clair arrived at 15:00
Mesabi Miner departed at 15:45
Flevoborg (Dutch) departed at 19:55
Hon. James L. Oberstar departed at 21:25
Indiana Harbor departed at 21:30

Thursday, June 6, 2013

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Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Wednesday 6/5/2013

Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 04:10
Cason J. Callaway departed at 05:30
Flevoborg (Dutch) arrived 20:15
CSL Niagara arrive at 20:40

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Tuesday 6/4/2013

American Century arrived at 07:20
American Mariner departed at 11:42
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 15:45
American Century departed at 17:58
Cason J. Callaway arrived at 18:30

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Harbor Trivia Question for Wednesday 6/5/2013

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Harbor Trivia Question for 6/4/2013

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Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Monday 6/3/2013


James R. Barker arrived at 00:50
American Integrity arrived at 01:19
James R. Barker departed at 11:20

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Sunday 6/2/2013

Radcliffe R. Latimer departed at 01:51
Joseph L. Block departed at 06:01
American Mariner arrived at 15:05
Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort depart at 20:15

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Harbor Trivia 6/1/2013

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730 ft Radcliffe R. Latimer arrives in Duluth

While fog persisted around Lake Superior today, there were plenty of visitors to watch the Radcliffe R. Latimer arrive.
Radcliffe R. Latimer

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Friday 5/31/2013


Mesabi Miner arrived at 01:00
Mesabi Miner departed at 14:55
Joseph L. Block arrived at 18:20