Thursday, April 19, 2018

American Integrity arrived Duluth 04/19/2018

American Integrity arrived Duluth this evening to load coal

Federal Weser departed Duluth 04/19/2018

Federal Weser departed Duluth this evening loaded with grain.

Boat schedules?

The official boat schedule site that is kept up to date by the Visitor Center staff is  -- is still around and has lots of good information and history including longer-range and special boat schedules. 
So keep both bookmarked for your reference.

Note also that this is a "work in progress" with lots of kinks to work out.  timing should get better as time goes on.
Also, I am not the one who operates and manages it, so, I look forward to refinement just like you.

James R Barker departed Duluth 04/19/2018

James R Barker departed Duluth this morning with a load of coal

American Century arrived Two Harbors 04/18/2018

American Century arrived Two Harbors Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

James R Barker arrived Duluth 04/18/2018

James R Barker arrived Duluth this evening to load coal

Paul R Tregurtha?

Update 4/18 11:00 per John Harrison and -- She is in the shipyard at Sturgeon Bay, WI., getting exhaust scrubbers installed. It is scheduled to head out May 18. This from info found on

Apparently, we have lots of folks who knew where she was. -- thank you all!

Does anyone know where the Paul R Tregurtha is?   Must be in a shipyard somewhere with AIS off.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CSL Tadoussac arrived Duluth 04/17/2018

CSL Tadoussac arrived Duluth this evening.

CSL Tadoussac
Written by and read at the Rechristening Ceremony by Rev. David Mulholland of the Mission to Seamen in Toronto on March 3, 2001. From the Canada Steamships Lines newsletter "CSL World", spring 2001 issue and

M/V Tadoussac, a fine Indian name
Reflecting courage, cunning, and history
On our great fresh water main,
After 32 years she becomes a bit thicker in beam
A natural progression in Life--it would seem.

Yet, for good Tadoussac
'Tis no matter of an aging subversion
But a matter of a rejuvenating and useful conversion:
To a refinement of skill and ability since her keel was first laid
To be the most sophisticated and accomplished in the
cement/clinker trade.

And so Blessings be on You on Captain and Crew

And to God be the Glory in all that You do!

Come on in - the Water is Fine! - Photo by Christian Dalbec

Lake Superior provides lots of recreation, even surfing during high waves. The Roger Blough is in the background.

View more of Chritian's images at:

Wisconsin Point Cam Update!

Hopefully, the Superior Entry Cam Project will be able to get in gear this week.

Boat Recordings!


I often run out of time to post all of the boats, however, if you missed your favorite boat, just shoot me an email and I will try and get it for you.

Alpena arrived Duluth 04/16/2018

Alpena arrived Duluth

Roger Blough in Two Harbors -- by Christian Dalbec

Beautiful Sunset of the Roger Blough loading in Two Harbors taken by Christian Dalbec.

See more of Christian's work at:

Monday, April 16, 2018

Edwin H Gott departed Two Harbors 04/16/2018

Edwin H Gott departed Two Harbors this afternoon.

Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth 04/16/2018

Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth this morning to load coal.

Lake Superior Wave Power

Powerful waves smashing into the rocky cliffs of Lake Superior North Shore.

Michipicoten arrived Duluth 04/16/2018

After hiding out behind Sand Island in the Apostles for the weekend storm, the Michipicoten arrived in Duluth this morning.

Canal Park Wave Danger

Wave watching during Noreasters is an incredible experience. Sometimes watchers get a bit too close as shown in this scene from the Duluth Canal Cam taken Saturday evening.

Sunday, April 15, 2018


I was able to take a few pictures Saturday during the storm, well maybe more than a few.

So, I have made a gallery over on my website for anyone interested. You can view the images here at  -- Enjoy the scenery!


Canal Cam Icing


There is a small heater inside the case of the canal cam that will melt the ice, however, it is building up faster than it can be melted.  Once the winds change, it should clear up.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Wind and Waves!

I spent the day enjoying the storm!
Duluth Lights
Tettegouche State Park - Lake Superior North Shore

Friday, April 13, 2018

Gale Warnings posted for Lake Superior - Strong Noreaster blowing in!

Hang onto your hats!

Boats are being warned to take shelter and storm and gale warnings are now posted on Lake Superior through Sunday.

Winds will increase overnight with gusts over 50MPH on Saturday.  Shoreline flooding and damage is expected.

Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors 04/13/2018

Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors this morning.

Music by: Eric Matyas

Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth 04/13/2018

The Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth just after midnight to load iron pellets.

Algoma Enterprise arrived Duluth 04/13/2018

Algoma Enterprise arrived Duluth this morning to load iron pellets.

Federal Weser -- by Paul Scinocca

Paul took this great photo of the Federal Weser last evening as it arrived in Duluth.  View more of Paul's photos at:

Federal Weser arrived Duluth 04/12/2018 - First Saltie

The Federal Weser arrived Duluth this evening to become the first Saltie to arrive in Duluth doe the 2018 shipping season.

The Waser will be loading grain.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cedarglen departed Two Harbors 04/12/2018

Cedarglen departed Two Harbors this afternoon

First Saltie of the season due this evening

FYI,  The Federal Weser will be arriving Duluth at about 21:30 this evening to be the first Saltie of the season. The Federal Weser will be loading grain at CHS.

Here is a recording of it back in 2015.

Edgar B Speer at the Dock -- photo by Terry White

Terry White is an avid boat photographer and often can be seen on the shoreline and terminals taking great images of the big boats.  You can see more of Terry's work on his Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

CSL Laurentian arrived Two Harbors 04/11/2018

CSL Laurentian arrived Two Harbors

Music by: Eric Matyas

Roger Blough arrived Duluth 041118

Roger Blough arrived Duluth this morning to load iron pellets

American Century arrived Duluth 04/11/2018

American Century arrived Duluth this morning to load coal

Picked up some hot chicks this morning!

This morning I picked up a new bunch of chickens that came in overnight and were waiting at the Post Office for me.

They will be kept in a nice warm brooder for a few weeks and then moved to the coop.

The girls are happy in their new home and we should have fresh eggs by August.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Joseph L Block - by Christian Dalbec

Excellent drone shot of the Joseph L Block arriving at Two Harbors by Christian Dalbec.  You can see more of Christians wonderful photography at:

Camera Update

Just an update on camera stuff.
1. I was able to get on the roof of the GLA this morning and make some final adjustments to the new GLA cam.

 2. Work will be starting this week on the new Superior Entry camera.

 3. The Pier B cam is set up to auto change views.

G3 Marquis arrived Two Harbors 040818

G3 Marquis arrived Two Harbors

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Edwin H Gott arrived Duluth 04/08/2018

Edwin H Gott arrived Duluth this afternoon to load iron pellets.

A little help from my friends - Paul Scinocca

Paul Scinocca captured this interesting photo of the Great Lakes Towing tug, Arkansas providing departure assistance this Saturday for the CSL Niagara.

View more of Paul's photography Here.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Presque Isle arrived Duluth 04/05/2018

Presque Isle arrived Duluth this morning to load pellets

Lee A Tregurtha arrived Two Harbors 04/05/2018 - narrated

The Lee A Tregurtha arrived Two Harbors early this morning to load iron pellets.

Music by: Eric Matyas

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Narration on boat video's?

Update 4/4/2018 - Thank you for your input, I will add the vice narration when I can and other times the typed script. I won't add it when it is being announced at the canal unless it is hard to hear because of the wind. Den

Walter J McCarthy Jr arrived Duluth 04/03/2018

Walter J McCarthy Jr arrived Duluth this morning to load coal.

Edgar B Speer arrived Two Harbors 04/03/2018

Edgar B Speer arrived Two Harbors this morning to load iron pellets.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Superior Entry Webcam Update!

With April here, I thought I would give a stutus report of the Superior Entry Cam project. The camera is ready and tested. The communications antennas have been programmed and are ready for further testing. Electrical wiring to upgrade and prepare for the camera installation has been delayed due to weather and judging by the forecast may still experience some delays. This has been a long winter and it is going to hang on for a bit longer. We have enough money to pay for the wiring upgrades, so, it is just a matter of a few more weeks, although, there is bound to be some glitches, especially with the communications. That's all I know for now. Den

James R Barker arrived Two Harbors 03/30/2018

James R Barker arrived Two Harbors Friday afternoon.

Friday, March 23, 2018

James R Barker - by Paul Scinocca

 Paul Scinocca took this nice image of the James R Barker on it's way out today.  See more of Paul's images at:

James R Barker arrived Duluth 03/23/2018

James R Barker arrived Duluth this afternoon shortly after departing.  Unknown reason.

Good to hear the Barker horn again though.

Kaye E Barker departed Duluth 03/23/2018

Kaye E Barker departed Duluth this afternoon with a fresh coat of paint.

James R Barker departed Duluth 03/23/2018

James R Barker departed Duluth this afternoon loaded with pellets.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Almost there!

The Erie Trader/ Clyde S. VanEnkevort is finally moving after an afternoon in the ice. The Tug backed away from the barge and cut a path to open water then came back and reconnected and is now on its way to Two Harbors.
This picture is from the WDIO Tower cam at 18:45 this evening.

Erie Trader/ Clyde S. VanEnkevort departed Duluth 03/20/18

Erie Trader/ Clyde S. VanEnkevort at noon today bound for Two Harbors. First boat out of Duluth for the 2018 shipping season.

The Trader got stuck in the ice shortly after departure.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Harbor will wake up this week!

Update: 3/19/2018 - New Schedules

Tuesday 3/20/2018 17:00 - Erie Trader/ Clyde S. VanEnkevort hopes to get underway before noon Tuesday, heading to the CN dock in Two Harbors to load iron ore.

Thursday 3/22/2018 The Edwin H. Gott and Kaye E Barker 
Ice breaking operations will increase this week with the anticipated start of the shipping season this Thursday when the Edwin H Gott and Burns Harbor pull out of their winter layup slips.

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.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sunrise Glory

The sun is now inching it's way north every morning as warming weather and sunny days grow longer and more frequent.

The sunrise today from the Pier B cam was particularly beautiful.

Must be time to order some more chickens!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wisconsin Pt Cam progress

Wiconsin Point Camera Update - The Wisconsin Point Camera needs to transmit the video signal 7 miles from the Superior Entry to the Harbor Hub (my hillside office).  I did some testing today with the first set of antenna's that I thought would work, since they have a 9 mine range.  In realilty I could only get them to reach as far as the Sky Harbor Airport which is 5 miles. So, I am going to try a pair of more powerful antenna's next and will keep you posted. I had a feeling it might turn out like this.

Below is a picture of one of the antenna's set up on a tripod for the first test.    The antenna appears larger then it really is (7in dia).  On the next pole over are the Bayfront Cam, Harbor Cam, Hillside Cam and an AIS antenna.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

CGC Alder beginning Duluth operations 03/06/2018

CGC Alder began it's 2018 operation with a sail out into Lake Superior this windy morning on a short mission to test out the ice.

CGC Alder Ice Breaking Today

The CGC Alder will make its way under the Duluth Lift Bridge this morning on its first ice-breaking run of the season. Probably about 9AM -- check for updates.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Congratulations -- Wisconsin Point Webcam funding complete!

In a few days we raises over $4200 for the new Wisconsin Point Webcam. 
Your generosity never ceases to amaze me.  Here is the plan for the cam!

  • Next, I have to program and test the long range radio antennas.  
  • The camera installation will be done in conjuction with a Corp of Engineers lighting upgrade project at the same time. Once the weather warms up, the upgrades can proceed.
  • I have the camera on order and should be able to have it programmed and ready once the project begins.
My hope is that the installation will be complete sometime in April.  I will keep you posted as advances are made. I do expect some glitches with this project as it is a long distance to transmit a video signal.  However, I am confident it will work after some tweeks.

Thanks again, over 120 people contributed to the new cam---- simply amazing!


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Boat Schedules!

The CGC Alder will be out this week, the tugs next week and the big boats will begin moving the following week.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Ghost Ship- JB Ford -- Taken by Jeff Doty

While the JB Ford sits in the scrap yard waiting to be turned into some other steel project, Jeff Doty used a lot of creativity to capture the ful moon over the bow.

You can view more of Jeff's exceptional photography at his Facebook Page.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Moonrise through the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

The full moon of March signals the arrival of Springtime, the flow of sap starting in the maple trees and the soon start of boat traffic.

This 30 second timelapse of the moon rising behind the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge is a combination of 700 still images taken over a 90-minute timeframe.  p.s. I should have worn warmer gloves.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Minnesota Point Lighthouse History

Located at the end of Park Point in Duluth, the Minnesota Lighthouse ruins are a rich part of the Duluth-Superior maritime history.

This 10 min video introduces you to a memorable relic from the past.

Harbor Break Wall Rebuild

For those interested in the harbor break wall construction near the William A Irvin, here is what the major project look like today.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Heritage Tug - Edward H

We often see the Heritage tugs hard at work in the harbor, but, often don't get a chance to see these magnificent boats inside.
Today I stopped by for another peek with a 360 camera.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tug Bayfield

When viewing the canal cam, you may wonder about the tugboat that is on display in the Marine Museum grounds.

The tug BAYFIELD did much of its work here in Duluth-Superior Harbor for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Its main job was pushing crane barges with dredging equipment mounted on deck, deck barges loaded with rock or scows filled with dredged material.

The tug BAYFIELD was built in 1953 by Roamer Boat Company in Holland, Michigan. She measures 45 feet in length and 13 feet in width. The BAYFIELD is powered by a 170 horsepower diesel engine.  The BAYFIELD was retired from active service in 1995 and placed on permanent display here in Canal Park in 1999.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

South Pier Lighthouse

My friend Christian Dalbec took this nice picture of the South Pier Lighthouse.
What a beautiful building.
See more of Christians fantastic photography at:

Saturday, February 17, 2018

New Wisconsin Entry Cam

Good News! It is beginning to look likely that we will be able to put up a camera at the Superior Entry.

The timeline for this will be:
1. Complete project planning, get bids on electrical work and compile an equipment list by Mid-March.
2. Start a fundraiser late March.
3. Install and calibrate the camera by May 1st.  (all subject to change of course)

We have been dreaming about a camera at the Superior Entry for many years and it may now become feasible because of advances in technology. I plan on one camera looking out at the lake and the lighthouse this year and will see how reliable the signal is since it has to be wirelessly transmitted 7 miles across the harbor. It will also be a test to see if it attract vandalism. A second camera looking back at the harbor can be added later depending on how the first camera performs.

At any rate, I will keep you posted on the developments of our biggest project ever which will be the highlight of 2018 and my focus for the next few months.

Thanks for all the support in the past years and I look forward to another great season of watching boats, people, wildlife and the weather with you.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Apostle Island Ice Caves

The Apostle Island Ice Caves may soon be open to visitors.  This image is from the last time the caves were accessable and shows the unusual beauty of the caves and why so many are anticipating being able to visit the in a week or two.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Two Harbors Breakwater Light. - Christian Dalbec

Nice shot by Christian Dalbec today of Two Harbors. You can see more of Christian's work at:

Two Harbors Ice Fishing

If you have noticed lately on the Two Harbors cams, at the break of dawn each morning the Two Harbors bay becomes populated with a small city if ice fishing shacks set up by local fishermen to take advantage of good fishing.

One fisherman, I talked to today had caught 25 fish, some coho, and the rest cisco.

The word has apparently got out about the good fishing.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Norshor Theater Tour

Many older Duluthians have fond memories of the Norshor Theater. The newly renovated theater in the heart of downtown Duluth is both a step back in time and a look to the future.

I took some time this week to look around the beautifully restored facility and thought you might like to take a peek inside also.

You can visit the tour at:

Friday, February 2, 2018

CGC Alder on engine test 02/02/2018

Very unusual to see a boat out in the Duluth Harbor in early February, however, the CGC Alder needed to test out it's rebuilt engines and today was a good day to do it.

Duluth-Superior Aerial Harbor Tour (summer)

While an icy harbor is fine to look at this time of year, I took some time today to put together a harbor tour from a flight I did last summer.  Enjoy summer for 4 minutes.

Music by: Eric Matyas

Edna G - Two Harbors -- by: Christian Dalbec

The mighty Edna G is docked in Two Harbors as I tourist attraction these days, but, it has a lifetime of maritime service. You can view more of Christians wonderful photography

Snowflake Photography

Here is a news story that a local TV station (WDIO) did on my snowflake photography.  Amazing little crystals!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

CGC Alder out Friday to test engine work.

The CGC Alder will be moving across the harbor and out into Lake Superior Friday to do some sea trials of it's rebuilt engine system.  While it will not come under the Lift Bridge due to ongoing bridge maintenance, it will come back through the Superior Entry and main harbor area.

It will probably do this a few more times until official ice breaking starts in mid-March.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Full Moon Tonight!


I have positioned the Pier B Cam to directly capture the full (Blood) moon tonight at 5:40 CST.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Heritage Marine Tugs

The four large tugs at Heritage Marine (owned by Mike Ojard) are powerful harbor workhorses that operate in extreme weather and nasty ice condition.  These beautiful boats are truly a part of our Maritime Heritage.  Visit Heritage Marine on the web for more info.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Rose Garden Tour

Enger Park Virtual Tour

For those who haven't has a chance to visit Enger Park yet, here ya go! A bit outdated, but, you well get a good look anyway.  (Make sure to go Full screen)

Tall Ships 2010 Deck Tours

When the Tall Ships were in port back in 2018, I had a chance to do a tour of the decks. Enjoy! Make sure to go "Full Screen"

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Clilia II Passenger Ship Tour

A few years ago, the Clilia II stopped in Duluth for a brief break. Not sure if everyone will be able to see this tour, but, it may be interesting to you. Best viewed Full Screen.

2018 Points of Interest

Hi Friends,

I am currently making up a list of points of interest around the area to photograph this year.

If you have anything in particular that you would like to see, I will put it on my list for 2018.

I plan on doing a lot of 360 panorama's this year.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Edward L Ryerson - A Closer Look

Built in 1960, the 730 ft Edward L. Ryerson has shared the title "Queen of the Lakes" due to its beautiful design.
Currently docked in Superior Wisconsin, it is hoped that the Ryerson will be returned to service one of these days.

Learn more about the Edward L Ryerson at: Boatnerds and Duluth Shipping News.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Edward L Ryerson --- A Hidden Gem of the Harbor

One of the most beautiful boats on the Lakes is the Edward L Ryerson which is tucked away in a slip in Superior Wisconsin.  Someday, it may see service again.

I had a chance to stop over and see it this afternoon.  I took some video also that I will be including in the Aerial Harbor Tour.

Winter Sunrise - Geg Israelson

Beautiful Lake Superior Sunrise- photogrAPHED by Gregory Israelson. View more of Greg's wonderful photography at:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Duluth-Superior Winter Harbor Aerial Tour

A flight around the Duluth-Superior Harbor this morning to check on the ice and the boats.  It was a good day to fly and a good day to be alive.

Youtube requirement now met! Thank You

Thank You - Thank You!

Thanks to you guys,  I have now met the Youtube Channel requirements needed to help fund  Youtube is where all  the boat videos are hosted.  Thank you so much for subscribing to my Youtube Channel and also viewing more videos on the site.

If you would like to still subscribe to the channel, please click the button below  - It's free and easy. 

P.S. besides the live cams, I will keep working to make better and more videos in 2018.

Thanks again -- Den

Monday, January 22, 2018

CGC Alder - animated image

This short video clip is actually created from a single image of the CGC Alder breaking the ice in the Duluth Harbor. Adds a little life to a single image.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Maps List added


I have added a list of various points of interest maps that may prove helpful to boat watchers and photographers. The Maps Link is in the top menue bar.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

American Victory docked in Superior WI, 01/20/2018

The American Victory looks a bit worn out these days, but, still a beautiful boat and a huge part of maritime history.

Kaye E Barker flyby 01/20/2018

The Kaye E Barker looked peaceful in its winter rest this afternoon.

Looking Back - Paul R Tregurtha grounding in Duluth - 2014

One of the most interesting occurrences that had to do with shipping in the Duluth harbor happen in 2014 when the 1000ft Paul R Tregurtha went aground near Bayfront Park. 

This video shows some still images I took from a helicopter of the incident.  While the cause is unknown, thankfully no one was hurt.

Tall Ships

Most popular harborcam video ever!

Visitors are caught of guard when a large wave washed the canal.

Drone Flights

20 All Time Most Popular Harborcam Videos

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Your Help is Needed! (again)

Hello cam watchers,

 Thank you for all your support of the website. In addition to an occasional fundraiser for cameras and services, I have relied on the ads that are posted on this website as well as visitors watching the boat videos on Youtube for operating revenue.

As you know, there are ads in the left-hand column that link to Youtube, as well as the videos. This has been a major part of the support for the harborcam operations.

This month, Youtube changed their policies for small-time creators like myself and I will no longer be able to make any revenue from Youtube unless I can hit certain thresholds of subscribers 1000 (currently at 1017) and annual watch hours of 4000 (currently at 2500).

So, I need a big jump in annual watch hours and I have less than a month to get there. If we cannot meet these thresholds by February 20th, my channel will be dropped from the program and I will have to raise the operating funds by some other method. My goal is to cover as many monthly operating expenses with the Google Ads and then to have fundraisers to cover other additional expenses.

 So, I am asking for your support by going to my Youtube Channel and subscribing and then watching as many of the boat videos that you can between now and February 20th, 2018. The Channel is HERE.

As you know, I enjoy watching the cams as much as you do and although I do not take any salary for what I do, I take great joy in knowing that there are thousands of folks out there, like yourself, who also enjoy the live views and boat videos of Duluth and Two Harbors.

Thanks for the help, I will keep you updated as we get closer to the deadline.


Edwin H Gott Layup 01/17/2018

Thick harbor ice made it a chore to get the Gott parked this morning.

Edwin H Gott arrived Duluth 01/17/2018 - Last Boat in

Edwin H Gott arrived Duluth this morning for winter layup.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Ice Crystals forming inside of bubbles

So, this is what old photographers do in Minnesota when the temps drop. I took these videos from my back porch when the sun was setting at -5F.

These amazing ice crystals form rapidly inside the bubbles when blown onto icy snow in sub-zero temperatures.

I never cease to be amazed at the wonders of God's creation.

Thank You for another great season!

With the shipping season is almost done for awhile, I just thought I would say Thank You for all the great people who support this site and the cameras. The cams are part of my life and are my windows to the world.

Although I live in Duluth, I never get tired of the changing weather, boat traffic, sunrises and people watching through the cams.

Springtime is not far off now and the cameras will stay on so we can watch the weather and the seasons change.

I look forward the 2018 season and my goal will be to somehow get a camera down at the Wisconsin Entry, or. at least figure out what might work.

Enjoy the rest of winter and thanks again,


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Working Tugs 01/14/2018

The Tugs Arkansas and North Carolina headed out in the early morning hours to keep the canal ice broken up for the last few boats that will come in today through Tuesday.

Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort departed Two Harbors 01/13/2018

Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort departed Two Harbors Saturday evening

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Duluth Nightscape - Greg Israelson

Greg Israelson took this wonderful image of the shore ice near Duluth
You can see more of Greg's work at:

Lee A Tregurtha arrived Duluth 01/10/2018

Lee A Tregurtha arrived Duluth this morning for winter layup at Fraser Shipyard
Paul Scinocca captured this beautiful image of the James R BarkerJames R Barker on it's way to winter layup at Midwest Energy.

See more of Paul's work at

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018

Edgar B Speer arrived Duluth 01/05/2018

Edgar B Speer arrived Duluth this morning.

The boat horns certainly take on a different tone when it is below zero.

H Lee White arrived Two Harbors 01/05/2018

H Lee White arrived Two Harbors this morning in -22F temps

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Thunder Bay arrived Two Harbors 01/04/2018

Thunder Bay arrived Two Harbors this afternoon.

Winter Shipping - Cason J Callaway

January shipping on Lake Superior is tough, but, this year is extreme. Also, extremely beautiful for those of us who have an option to get out and enjoy the cold.

Cason J Callaway arrived Duluth 01/04/2018

Cason J Callaway arrived Duluth this morning to load pellets

Alder back in Port

The CGC Alder arrived in port this morning with lots of work ahead of her in the next few days.

Moonlight over Duluth - Greg Israelson

Greg took this fantastic shot under the full moon last evening.
See more of Greg's beautiful images at:

Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort arrived Duluth 01/04/2018

Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort arrived Duluth to load pellets.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

G3 Marquis arrived Two Harbors 01/03/2018

The Canadian Laker G3-Marquis arrived in Two Harbors this morning to load iron pellets.

Edwin H Gott departed Two Harbors 01/03/18

Edwin H Gott departed Two Harbors this morning for another cold voyage across Lake Superior.

Why the shipping backup. WDIO News Story!

WDIO News in Duluth did a nice summary story of the shipping backlog.  You can view the story HERE.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Ships in Waiting!

With cool weather settling in, the thicking harbor ice is slowing the boat traffic down a bit.
The boat pack makes for some nice scenery though.

Walter J McCarthy Jr departed Two Harbors 01/02/17

Walter J McCarthy Jr departed Two Harbors this morning

Thunder Bay arrived Duluth 01/02/2017

Thunder Bay arrived Duluth this morning to load iron pellets

Monday, January 1, 2018

Wolf Moon - Split Rock Lightouse

One night out of the year the full moon rises behind Split Rock Lighthouse. Tonight's moonrise was a beautiful display of God's handiwork in the crisp air of a new year.

Anchor Ice