Thursday, June 22, 2017

James R Barker arrived Duluth 06/22/2017

James R Barker arrived Duluth to fuel up!

How many crew members on a 1000ft Laker?

The question was asked - how many crew members on a 1000ft Laker?

The answer supplied by CAP T TOM MACKAY and Capt Steve Hughes is 21 - give or take one or two..

Edwin H Gott departed Two Harbors 06/22/2017

Edwin H Gott departed Two Harbors at 05:00 this morning

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Glensheen Summer

Located just a few minutes up the North Shore, Glensheen is a perfect summer stop for vistirs and residents alike.

Glensheen Summer from Dennis O'Hara on Vimeo.

Edgar B Speer departed Two Harbors 06/20/2017

Edgar B  Speer departed Two Harbors this morning at 05:00

Construction Update!


We should be back to normal now on the Canal and Bridge cams.  You may hear work going on still in the background but the views should be clear.  I placed the cams back in the old location the best I could.

Thanks for you patience during the work.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Edwin H Gott departed Two Harbors 06/16/2017

Roof work finishing next week!

It appears that the major roof work at the visitor center will be complete next week and the rails and fence will be coming down. This has affected the Canalcam and Bridgecam.

As soon as the fence is clear I will readjust the cameras and we should be good to go!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

This too shall pass!

Canal and Bridge Cam

Unfortunately, the roof work on the visitor center has progressed into the area where the cameras are located. Don't plan on a view for a few day - my hope is that the workers don't break anything.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Maritime Visitor Center Roof Replacement

Roof replacement continues on the Visitor Center. Eventually the fence will come down.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hemgracht at Anchor!

The ocean freighter Hemgracht waits at anchor for it's turn into the Duluth Harbor.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Duluth Airshow

The Duluth Airshow was held this weekend with some amazing performances, including the Blue Angels.  More airshow images here!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Marine Visitor Center Roof Work


The roof on the Maritime Visitor Center (Canal Cam and Bridge Cam) is being replaced.  You may see workers and fences for a few days.  Sorry, the alternative would have been to shut them off.

Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors 06/01/2017

Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors this morning at 04:00

Mesabi Miner arrived Two Harbors 05/31/2017

Mesabi Miner arrived Two Harbors at 21:00 Wednesday

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Herbert C Jackson departed Duluth 05/31/2017

Herbert C Jackson departed Duluth this afternoon

Site Commenting!

I am trying to organize comments in chronological order by linking Blogger to Google Plus -- I have no idea what I am doing, so I may switch back if I cannot get it working right   -- Stand By!

Isolda arrived Duluth 05/31/2017

Isolda arrived Duluth this morning to load grain

Edgar B Speer departed Two Harbors 05/31/2017

Edgar B Speer departed Two Harbors this morning at 3:30

Monday, May 29, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Two Harbors (Boat Launch) Cam Adjustment

FYI, The Two Harbors (boat Launch) cam has been adjust up and a bit more out to the lake. Enjoy the boats! Den

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Edgar B Speer arrived Duluth 05/16/2017

Edgar B Speer arrived Duluth this evening for a load of iron.

Muntgracht arrived Duluth 05/16/2017

Muntgracht arrived Duluth this afternoon with wind turbine components for Allete Clean Energy.

Two Harbors Cam Update!

While I still have some tweaking to do on the Two Harbors Cams, they are now visible from the links on the right.

Hope you enjoy the view, and many thanks to those who contributed.

Friday, May 12, 2017

James R Barker - Aerial Drone

The 1000 ft James R Barker is an incredible boat to view as it enters the Duluth Shipping Canal, especially from a birds eye view.  The Barker's Horn is also the best on the Lakes!

Harborcam Update!

As requested, I have moved the harborcam view slightly more to the West in order to catch some of the industrial shoreline.

James R Barker arrived Duluth 05/12/2017

James R Barker arrived Duluth at noon today to load coal.

Two Harbors Camera Update

The two Two Harbors Cams were installed this week which is a big step forward.  Now modem, router, ISP, camera calibrations are remaining which shouldn't take too long.

I will keep you posted!

Trudy arrived Duluth 05/12/2017

Trudy arrived Duluth early this morning to unload kaolin clay at the Port.

Port Terminal

Trudy and Algoma Enteprise
Quiet morning on the harbor 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

James R Barker Horn MP3 File

For those who never get tired of listening the wonderful tune of the James R Barker's horn, here is an mp3 download for you to copy and listen to again and again. You might also want to use it for a special "Ring Tone" .😀

There is a download button in the upper right corning of the linked page.

Caution,  this is a dead give away that you may be a Boat Nerd!

James R Barker arrived Duluth 05/02/2017

James R Barker arrived Duluth at 4:30 this morning to load iron.

Indiana Harbor departed Duluth 05/01/2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Two Harbors Camera Update!

Two Harbors cams are ready to be installed, however, the weather just hasn't been good enough to crawl around on roof and mess around with wiring.

Just waiting for some good weather days so the installation can be done safely by the technician team.

Hoping for a May 15th startup.

Thanks for your understanding!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Winter Storm Warning!

Looks like May will arrive in the Northland on the wings of a huge winter Storm.
National Weather Service Duluth MN
630 PM CDT Sun Apr 30 2017


.A late-season winter storm will affect the Northland starting
late tonight and continuing through Monday evening. An area of
low pressure over northeast Kansas this afternoon will advance
northeastward to southern Ontario by Tuesday morning. Rain will
mix with and eventually change to snow for portions of central
Minnesota tonight and in northeast Minnesota late tonight or
Monday morning. Snow rates of 1 inch per hour are likely from
near Aitkin and Grand Rapids, to the Iron Range, and interior
portions of the Arrowhead late tonight through Monday morning.
The Monday morning commute will be slow for some Northlanders due
to snow accumulation on roads and visibility less than one-half
mile. As temperatures warm slightly during the day, snow
accumulation will slow down as melting and compaction take on a
more prominent role. Precipitation may change back to rain as the
rates diminish during the late morning into the afternoon.

Michipicoten arrived Duluth 04/30/2017

Michipicoten arrived Duluth this morning to load iron.

Masgracht departed Duluth 04/30/2017

Masgracht departed Duluth at 6:20 this morning.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pier B Camera out of service

It appears the the Pier B cam is out of service.  I will be able to check into it next week when the weather gets better.


Marsgracht arrived Duluth 04/27/2017

View from the Lift Bridge

Marsgracht arrived Duluth this morning with wind turbine parts.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Oakglen departed Duluth 04/08/2017

Oakglen departed Duluth at 08:10 today with a load of iron.

Two Harbors Cam Update!


We have the Two Harbors cameras ready to install, however, we are waiting for a final DNR permit.  Hopefully this week.

Thanks for your patience.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Two Harbors Camera Fund - Update

Two Harbors Camera Project
Update - 3/28/2017 - 14:30

A big thanks for the donations to the Two Harbors Cam fund. You folks never cease to amaze me with your generosity.

In less than 24 hours we raise over $1900.  More than enough for the project (I hope).

I will put any excess funds into the operating fund.

All the necessary material is on order and we'll get working on it soon. I hope to have it running by May 1 and will keep you posted.

In a joint effort between the Lake Superior Maritime Marine Museum, US Army Corps of Engineers, Two Harbors Chamber of Commerce and we will be installing two new cameras in Two Harbors.  One will overlook the boat launch and old lighthouse while the other will watch the breakwater lighthouse and incoming boats.

I have started a fund raiser to pay for part of the cost, while the LSMMA has graciously paid for one of the cams already.

Installation can move forward once the rest of the funds are raised.  I will keep you updated on progress throughout the project.

As you know, Two Harbors is a very active port and will be interesting to watch.

Thanks so much,

P.s. sorry, I am not a 501c3 yet, so your donations are not tax deductible.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cason J Callaway arrived Duluth 03/26/2017

Cason J Callaway arrived Duluth at 19:00 today to load iron pellets.

Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth 03/26/2017

Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth at 0800 this morning to load coal.

Note: boat horn was added from a previous recording since it was not blown upon entry.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth 03/23/2017

Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth at 20:30 Thursday for Silver Bay.

(note: since the Tregurtha did not blow it's horn, I added it from a previous recording.)

Herbert C Jackson departed Duluth 03/23/2017

Herbert C Jackson departed Duluth at 20:00 Thursday for Silver Bay.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Boat alerts are now on Twitter!

If you would like to receive boat alert tweets, go to Twitter and follow @duluthboatalert.

The text and emails will still be active for now.

Lee A Tregurtha departed Duluth 03/23/2017

Lee A Tregurtha departed Duluth today at 1600 bound for Two Harbors

American Century departed Duluth 03/23/2017

American Century departed Duluth at 00:30 this morning for Silver Bay.

Philip R Clarke departed Duluth 03/22/17

Philip R Clarke departed Duluth at 20:45 Wednesday bound Two Harbors to load iron.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Roger Blough departed Duluth 03/22/2017

The 858ft Roger Blough departed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning at 7:45 to kick off the 2017 Shipping Season.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Shipping Season gets underway WEDNESDAY in Port of Duluth-Superior

From Duluth Seaway Port Authority Duluth, Minn., USA (March 21, 2017)—

The first U.S.-flag lakers are expected to depart the Port of Duluth-Superior tomorrow, Wed., March 22, signaling the start of the 2017 commercial shipping season at this, the farthest inland port on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system. Exact times are difficult to pinpoint during start-up (i.e. ‘fit-out,’ in industry terms), but the first departure may very well take place while most folks are still asleep! The Roger Blough is expected to leave its berth at the Clure Public Marine Terminal at first light Wednesday and depart beneath Duluth’s famed Aerial Bridge en route to the CN Docks in Two Harbors to load iron ore. After fueling late afternoon/early evening, another Great Lakes Fleet vessel, the Philip R. Clarke, will also head to Two Harbors to take on its first cargo of the season. Both vessels, with deliveries to make to steel mills on the Lower Lakes, will proceed across Lake Superior toward Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to await the opening of the Soo Locks at 12:01 a.m. on Sat., March 25. The Blough is expected to be the lead ship downbound as she was in 2016. Interlake’s flagship, the 1013.5-ft Paul R. Tregurtha, wintered at the Superior Midwest Energy Terminal and is scheduled to load coal there Wednesday, then move to the Clure Terminal for final preparations before leaving for Silver Bay tomorrow night/early Thursday. After discharge, that vessel will return to Superior to load coal for its first inter-lake delivery to the St. Clair Power Plant in Michigan. Two more Interlake Steamship Co. freighters that wintered in the Twin Ports – the Lee A. Tregurtha and the Herbert C. Jackson – are expected to depart late Wednesday, as well. The Lee A. is in position to leave Fraser Shipyards first, sometime midday. Both vessels will stop to fuel at the Calumet dock in Duluth before heading out to Two Harbors and Silver Bay, respectively, to load iron ore. The Burns Harbor is due to move from its layup berth to the BNSF Railway Dock to load iron ore Wednesday before departing via the Superior Entry. American Century is set to leave Thursday to load in Silver Bay while fleet mate, the American Spirit, is expected to move to the CN Duluth Dock to load iron ore over the weekend before getting underway. NOTE: All vessel departure/arrival times are estimates and are subject to change without notice. With the Soo Locks opening Saturday and virtually ice-free conditions across the Lakes, Port of Duluth-Superior should see its first arrival from the Soo on Sunday, most likely the Stewart J. Cort, the James R. Barker or the Cason J. Callaway, but that’s still too close to call. For updates, check Watch real-time transits at or or on mobile devices with Marine Traffic or Ship Finder apps.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Seafarer's Prayer

With a new shipping season soon upon us, I thought I would share small piece of my nautical heritage.

My Great Grandfather was an Icelandic itinerant preacher who visited small fishing villages in Iceland during the 1880’s before immigrating to Manitoba Canada in 1893.  He brought new safety programs and rescue equipment to the Icelandic fishing villages along with the message of the Gospel.

He wrote this Seafarer’s prayer which was much used by the fishermen of the day.  
I think it still applies today, maybe even more so!

Seafarer's Prayer - Rev. Oddur Vigfus Gislason

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit:
Almighty and Merciful God. I thank Thee for Thy Great protection and mercy, that You have given me life and health, so that I am in a condition to seek work in the sweat of my brow. Oh, my Lord and my God, when I now fare forth out to the fish grounds and feel my impotence and the weakness of my boat in meeting the forces of the mighty elements, then I do lift up Thee my eyes of trust and hope and beseech You, in Jesus’ name, to lead us with good fortune out on the deep, to bless us in our quest for a good catch, to protect us, that we may again reach the shore safely, and come back to our loved ones, after we have gathered much provisions that You have in Your goodness, seen fit to afford us.

Bless our loved ones and give us that we may be re-united with them in joy and safety, for the sake of the Holy Spirit; we give You all our laud and thanks, and worship. Oh, Lord, give us all good fortune - to the ship and to the men - in Jesus name. Amen.

Bringing in the Herring - "Made in Iceland" Book

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ice Breaking to begin Thursday!

Ice breaking begins this Thursday with boats beginning to move next week on Lake Superior.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Harbor Ice Flow

Strong East winds help push a bit of Lake Superior ice chunks into the harbor.  The ice will begin flowing back out as soon as the winds shift tonight.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Early Spring

With the sunrise moving north again and the open water on Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor -- it even feels like Springtime.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Boats to start moving in two weeks.

Information indicates that the Paul R Tregurtha will begin operations on March 22nd.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CGC Alder departed Duluth 2/22/2017

Stretching it's sea legs for the first time this season, the CGC Alder departed Duluth for a short mission onto Lake Superior. 

Breaking up is hard to do!

With recent war weather the ice in the Duluth Harbor is braking up rapidly as shown in this time lapse of this mornings sunrise as views through the Pier B Cam at

Monday, January 16, 2017

Lee A Tregurtha -- Last Boat in!

The last boat of the 2016-2017 Shipping Season,  Lee A Tregurtha made it's way under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this afternoon.

With warm 30F temps, there was a hint of Spring just around the corner.

Lee A Tregurtha arrived Duluth 01/16/2017

Lee A  Tregurtha arrived Duluth at 13:30 today for winter layup at Fraser Shipyard.

2016 Boats in Review

With the season wrapping up, I thought you might enjoy some of the boats that we have viewed over the last year.

Rt Hon Paul J Martin arrived Duluth 01/16/2017

Rt  Hon  Paul J  Martin arrived Duluth at 06:30 this morning to load iron.

Roger Blough arrived Duluth 01/16/2017

Roger Blough arrived Duluth at 06:00 this morning for winter layup at the Port Terminal.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth 01/10/2017

Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth at 14:20 today for winter layup at Midwest Energy.

Whitefish Bay departed Duluth 01/10/2017

Whitefish Bay departed Duluth at 13:30 today with a load of iron.

Herbert C Jackson arrived Duluth 01/10/2017

Herbert C Jackson arrived Duluth at 09:30 today for winter layup at Fraser Shipyard.

James R Barker arrived Duluth 01/10/2017

James R Barker arrived Duluth at 02:00 to load iron.

Whitefish Bay arrived Duluth 01/10/2017

Whitefish Bay arrived Duluth at 01:00 this morning to load iron.


Not much boat traffic, so I took a few snowflake pictures with my backyard snowflake microscope. Love these little pieces of art.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Arthur M Anderson arrived Duluth 01/04/2017

Arthur M  Anderson arrived Duluth this afternoon to load ore.

Cold weather operation

It is possible that some of the cameras will be shutting down over the next few days due to cold weather protection systems. Once the weather warms up above zero, they should automatically turn back on.

Thunder Bay arrived Duluth 01/04/2017

Thunder Bay arrived Duluth at 02:00 this morning to load iron.

Herbert C Jackson arrived Duluth 01/03/2017

Herbert C  Jackson arrived Duluth last night to load coal.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

American Century arrived Duluth 01/03/2017

American Century arrived Duluth at 10:30 this morning for winter layup at the Port Terminal.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

2016 was a great year with the Tall Ships Event certainly the highlight.  However, there was one event during the summer that narrowly missed being a profound catastrophe when the Algoma Guardian was snagged in the middle of entry into the canal when a powerful storm blew into town with near 100 MPH winds.

The skill of the crew saved the ship and possibly the bridge during a 5 minute struggle to pass through the canal.  Here is the post from that night.

See story from the News Tribune about the crew and bridge operator

I am looking forward to 2017 and really appreciate all the kind remarks and financial support of out various projects throughout the year.

Best Regards,