Thursday, December 13, 2018

Federal Rhine arrived Duluth 12/13/2018

American Mariner arrived Duluth 12/13/2018



American Mariner arrived Duluth this afternoon

Edgar B Speer departed Duluth 12/13/2018



Edgar B Speer departed Duluth

State of the Harborcams 2019

With only a few weeks left in 2018, I thought I would update you on the "State of the Harborcams" as we go into 2019. First off, I would like to thank all of you for helping me keep the cameras maintained and operating. While I enjoy watching the cams, I enjoy the fact that many people like yourself have a chance to look into their screen and have a bit of enjoyment watching the view of the Northland each day.

2018 - In 2018 we added Wisconsin Point Cam and replaced the GLA Cam, Hillside Cam and Harbor Cam ( I snuck that one in). We also installed a new weather station at the Marine Museum and installed a new marine scanner.

2019 - In 2019, we will be installing two cams at the Silver Bay Marina. The cameras have been purchased and programmed, however, there is some underground wiring that needs to be done first so we might have to wait until the ground thaws in the spring.

There is also a possibility of putting in two cams at the Soo Locks -- this is still a maybe, with lots of hoops to jump through. Update: 12/13-- it appears the Soo is going to do it themselves so I won't be involved.

Cameras
Canal Cam  - This is a newer camera, however, it takes the brunt of bad weather. At some point, I would like to upgrade this camera to a more hardy version.

Bridge Cam - Working fine.

These two cams are located on top of the Lake Superior Marine Museum.  The internet connection sometimes gets bogged down when the waves and light conditions overload that camera streams -- hopefully, the internet bandwidth can be increased soon.

Hillside, Bayfront, and Harborcam - Hillside and Harborcam are new cams with zoom and pan capabilities.  Bayfront cam is now the oldest of all the cams ( 5 yrs). However, Hillside and Harborcam easily cover the Bayfront area.  I will keep the Bayfront cam as a backup, but may not run it all the time. This should relieve some bandwidth congestion at the Harbor  Hub. Right now 6 cams must share the internet connection and sometimes it gets bogged down.

GLA Cam - Working fine - no changes anticipated.

Pier B Cam - Working fine, no changes anticipated.

Wisconsin Point - While the location of this camera is not ideal, it is the only location on Wisconsin Point with power so there won't be any upgrades until there are more options for relocation.  Actually, the camera itself takes a tremendous beating from the weather and has held up very well (knock-on-wood). This camera provides a view very few people get a chance to see and enjoy.

Two Harbors - Two Harbors continues to be a great place to view the beautiful harbor and Lake Superior.
   Depot cam - While the Depot Cam gives a great perspective, I may look at moving its location in 2019 closer to the Harbor.
   Boat Launch - no changes anticipated.

Silver Bay - Similar to Two Harbors, this should be a great location to watch small boat activity as well as large boat traffic into North Shore Mining.

Summary - as with any new technology, there are always compromises on internet speed, image quality, and video transmission. The good thing is that there is always tweaking and component upgrades that come along that help.  So, the Good Lord willing, I plan to keep at this for 2019 - Enjoy the scenery!
Den

p.s. Most the time I don't really know what I'm doing with all this stuff so I just kinda stumble through it.

Miedwie departed Duluth 12/12/2018



Miedwie departed Duluth Wednesday evening loaded with grain.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth 12/10/2018



Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth this afternoon to load coal.

James R Barker arrived Duluth 12/10/2018



James R Barker arrived Duluth this afternoon to load iron pellets.

Laker Lullabies - Captain's Salute at the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge



Each Laker has a particular melody to its the horn as it blows a Captains Salute in each passage through the Duluth Shipping Canal.

Relax and enjoy the concert! If you would like to play it with just the boat horns and no background music, play the following.

Mesabi Miner arrived Two Harbors 12/09/2018



Mesabi Miner arrived Two Harbors Sunday evening.

American Integrity arrived Duluth 12/09/2018



American Integrity arrived Duluth Sunday evening.

Paul R Tregutha departed Duluth 12/09/2018



Paul R Tregutha departed Duluth Sunday evening loaded with coal.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Silver Bay Marina Project Donation List



Thank you guys so much for donating to the Silver Bay Marina Camera Project.

Edgar B Speer departed Duluth 12/05/2018



Edgar B Speer departed Duluth for Two Harbors this afternoon.

Marine Scanner installation is complete

FYI,
The Marine Scanner installation is complete. For those of you monitoring, I would appreciate any feedback on volume, squelch and static.

Thanks,
Den

Programmed frequencies:
Scanner Freqs
05 156.250 - port operations
06 156.3000 Safety, navigation, search & rescue.
08 156.4000 Commercial business traffic.
09 156.450 - emergency channel in Duluth harbor
10 156.5000 Commercial business traffic.
12 156.6000 Bridges, locks & dams.
13 156.650 - ship-to-ship communications
14 156.7000 Bridges, locks & dams.
16 156.8000 USCG, Hailing Channel, safety & distress.
18 156.9000 Harbor tugs.
20 157.0000 Bridges, locks & dams.
22 157.1000 Coast Guard.
26 157.3000 General use, & Great Lakes WX,
& 161.9000 in coded MAFOR & LAWEB.
28 157.4000 General use & Great Lakes WX,
& 162.0000 in plain language.
68 156.4250 Recreation boats, charters etc

CLYDE S VANENKEVORT arrived Duluth 12/05/18



CLYDE S VANENKEVORT arrived Duluth this morning.

Edgar B Speer arrived Duluth 12/05/2018



Edgar B Speer arrived Duluth early this morning.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Monday, December 3, 2018

Upcoming Fundraiser!

Great News - We will be adding two cameras at the Silver Bay Marina to cover the marina and entrance to North Shore mining.  The project will bring the lovely Silver Bay Marina into your living room.

I will start the fundraising within the next few days and hope to have the camera system installed by spring ice out.  The budget for the project is $3000.

Beatrix arrived Duluth 12/03/2018



Beatrix arrived Duluth this evening to load grain.

James R Barker arrived Duluth 12/03/2018



James R Barker arrived Duluth this evening to load iron pellets.

Paul R Tregurtha departed, American Integrity arrived Duluth 12/03/18



Paul R Tregurtha departed, American Integrity arrived Duluth this morning.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

35 Ice Fishermen needed Rescue in Duluth



A sudden shift in wind broke up the ice cover on Superior Bay between 10 and 11 AM today resulting in 35 ice fishermen being stranded on the thin ice and in need of rescue.

You can see the tiny ice houses (tiny black dots) prior to the shift.

This video shows the shifting ice over a 60 min period.

see the story at WDIO - https://www.wdio.com/news/fishermen-rescued-park-point-ice-floe/5164010/?cat=10335

Gale Warning posted for Lake Superior


URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Marquette MI
1033 AM EST Sat Dec 1 2018

LSZ162-263-012345-
/O.CON.KMQT.GL.W.0040.181201T2200Z-181203T0000Z/
Lake Superior west of a line from Saxon Harbor WI to Grand
Portage MN beyond 5NM-
Lake Superior from Saxon Harbor WI to Upper Entrance to Portage
Canal MI 5NM off shore to the US/Canadian border including Isle
Royale National Park-
1033 AM EST Sat Dec 1 2018 /933 AM CST Sat Dec 1 2018/

...GALE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM EST /4 PM CST/ THIS
AFTERNOON TO 7 PM EST /6 PM CST/ SUNDAY...

A Gale Warning remains in effect from 5 PM EST /4 PM CST/ this
afternoon to 7 PM EST /6 PM CST/ Sunday.

* WIND AND WAVES DURING THE GALE WARNING...Expect sustained
  winds of up to 33 knots from the northeast, with gusts up to
  42 knots. The largest expected significant waves will be 15
  feet with a maximum wave height of up to 22 feet possible.

* TIMING...The maximum winds are expected around 1 AM EST Sunday
  with the largest waves expected around 10 AM EST Sunday.

Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth 12/01/2018



Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth this morning to load iron pellets.

Federal Margaree departed Duluth 11/30/2018



Federal Margaree departed Duluth Friday evening

Herbert C Jackson arrived Duluth 11/30/2018



Herbert C Jackson arrived Duluth Friday evening loaded with limestone.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Narew arrived Duluth 11/30/2018



Narew arrived Duluth this evening to load grain.

BBC Kansas and BAIE COMEAU departed Duluth 11/30/2018



BBC Kansas and BAIE COMEAU departed Duluth this evening

Seafarer's Prayer

With one of the most dangerous and cold months on Lake Superior now upon us, I thought I might repost this from a few years back.


Seafarer's Prayer

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 many provisions that You have in Your goodness, seen fit to afford us.

Bless our loved ones and give us that we may be reunited 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.

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Bringing in the Herring - "Made in Iceland" book

BAIE COMEAU arrived Duluth 11/30/2018



BAIE COMEAU arrived Duluth this morning loaded with salt.

Cason J Callaway arrived Duluth 11/30/2018



Cason J Callaway arrived Duluth early this morning with limestone.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Edwin H Gott arrived Two Harbors 11/27/2018



Edwin H Gott arrived Two Harbors this morning

American Spirit arrived Duluth 11/26/18 - after two go arounds



The American Spirit made two passes to enter the shipping canal last night and finally entered three hours later after the winds died down. Watch the flag on the tugboat to get an idea of what the winds were doing.

You get an understanding of how difficult it would be to make a night entry in heavy crosswinds with 1000 feet of steel in front of you. Good job American Spirit Captain!

There may also have been other issues that I am not aware of by just watching.

Michipecoten arrived Duluth 11/26/18



Michipecoten arrived Duluth last night to load iron pellets.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

A Little Help From My Friends- by: Paul Scinocca

The freighter Trudy being towed from the Port Terminal to CHS to fill with grain.
Looks like another calendar picture to me. Nice one Paul.

See more of Paul's photography at: https://www.facebook.com/paul.scinocca

Algoma Niagara arrived Two Harbors 11/23/2018



Algoma Niagara arrived Two Harbors this morning.
Jeffery spotted on the Depot roof!

Mesabi Miner -- Taken by: Glenn Blaszkiewicz

Glenn Blaszkiewicz is always hanging around the harbor with his camera, and his unique perspectives are always interesting to see and enjoy.
Here, the Mesabi Miner makes its way through the harbor ice.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Apena arrival- Duluth by Jeff Doty

Great photo taken by Jeff Doty
View more of Jeff’s work at: https://jeffrey-doty.pixels.com/
 

Split Rock Lighthouse - Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Lighting

This evening was the annual event that commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on November 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks.

The ceremony is also a time to pause and count our blessings. 43 Years ago --- seems like only yesterday!




John G Munson arrived Duluth 11/10/2018



John G Munson arrived Duluth to load iron.

Edgar B Speer arrived Superior 11/10/2018



Edgar B Speer arrived Superior this morning.

Friday, November 9, 2018

GLA Camera Down

GLA Camera Down (offline) - Cause unknown at this time. Further investigation tomorrow.

Gale Warning in effect!


URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Marquette MI 456 PM EST Fri Nov 9 2018 LSZ162-100400- /O.CON.KMQT.GL.W.0035.000000T0000Z-181110T0400Z/ Lake Superior west of a line from Saxon Harbor WI to Grand Portage MN beyond 5NM- 456 PM EST Fri Nov 9 2018 /356 PM CST Fri Nov 9 2018/ ...GALE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EST /10 PM CST/ THIS EVENING... A Gale Warning remains in effect until 11 PM EST /10 PM CST/ this evening. * WIND AND WAVES DURING THE GALE WARNING...Expect sustained winds of up to 31 knots from the north, with gusts up to 42 knots. The largest expected significant waves will be 13 feet with a maximum wave height of up to 19 feet possible.

CGC Hollyhock arrived Duluth 11/09/2018



CGC Hollyhock, sister ship to the Alder, arrived Duluth this afternoon.

Fraserborg arrived Duluth 11/09/18



Fraserborg arrived Duluth this afternoon to load grain.

James R Barker arrived Duluth 11/09/2018



James R Barker arrived Duluth this morning to load Iron pellets.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Gale Warning Posted for Lake Superior

Gale Warning

URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Marquette MI
347 AM EDT Sat Nov 3 2018

LSZ162-031600-
/O.NEW.KMQT.GL.W.0034.181104T2000Z-181105T0300Z/
Lake Superior west of a line from Saxon Harbor WI to Grand
Portage MN beyond 5NM-
347 AM EDT Sat Nov 3 2018 /247 AM CDT Sat Nov 3 2018/

...GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM EST /2 PM CST/ TO 10 PM EST
/9 PM CST/ SUNDAY...

The National Weather Service in Marquette has issued a Gale
Warning...which is in effect from 3 PM EST /2 PM CST/ to 10 PM
EST /9 PM CST/ Sunday.

* WIND AND WAVES DURING THE GALE WARNING...Expect sustained
  winds of up to 28 knots from the east, with gusts up to 36
  knots. The largest expected significant waves will be 10 feet
  with a maximum wave height of up to 15 feet possible.

* TIMING...The maximum winds are expected around 6 PM EDT Sunday
  with the largest waves expected around 9 PM EDT Sunday.

Cason J Callway -by Paul Scinocca

Paul Scenocca took this great images of the Cason J Callaway departing the Duluth CN docks yesterday.
See more of Paul's work at: https://www.facebook.com/paul.scinocca
Cason J Callaway - by Paul Scenocca

Eemsgracht, James R Barker and Cason Callway departed Duluth 11/02/2018



Eemsgracht, James R Barker and Cason Callway departed Duluth overnight.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Monday, October 29, 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

American Mariner and Michipicoten arrived Duluth 102418



American Mariner and Michipicoten arrived Duluth this morning.

Full Moon Tonight!

FYI,

I will be positioning Pier B, and Hillside to view the full moon.  The Canal cam, GLA and Bayfront should also be able to see it. (weather permitting)
The moon will rise at 18:37 CDT.

Bulldog Tug

The large tug working at the Minnesota Slip is named Bulldog.
Bulldog

CUYAHOGA and CAPT.HENRY JACKMAN arrived Duluth 10/24/2018



CUYAHOGA and CAPT. HENRY JACKMAN arrived Duluthearly this morning to load pellets.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Philip R Clarke arrived Duluth 10/22/2018



Philip R Clarke arrived Duluth this afternoon.

Two Harbors Lighthouse - by Christian Dalbec

Christian Dalbec added this beautiful image of Two Harbors Lighthouse to his collection at:


Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth 10/22/2018



Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth at noon today to load iron pellets.

Good News!

We are now able to upgrade the internet speed at the Marine Museum by 40%. This will make for smoother camera viewing for the Canal Cam and the Bridge Cam.

Happy Boat Watching!

Den

Where are you from?

Hello,
I will be giving an informational talk at the upcoming Gales of November event which is a fundraiser for the Marine Museum in Duluth.

I will be describing the harborcam operation and how much it means to myself and to the webcam viewers like you.

Just wondering if you could take a minute to comment with your first name, where you are from and why you enjoy the cams.  I will read some in my talk.

Thanks,
Den

Hon James L Oberstar arrived Two Harbors 10/22/2018



Hon James L Oberstar arrived Two Harbors early this morning.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

2019 Camera Internet Streaming Fundraiser

Update: 10/16/2018 -- We have reached the goal of $3700 -- thank you all so much for the support of the harborcams.

Hello,

The subscription charges for camera streaming are coming due. We are able to stream the cams at a discounted price from Angelcam because we have so many cams and have been with them for so long.

It cost $370/year for each of the 10 cameras.   We are starting off with $600 due to previous donations and sincerely appreciate any support.

Thanks,
Den

Gale Warning issued for Lake Superior

...GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS 
EVENING TO 7 AM CDT TUESDAY...

The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a Gale Warning,
which is in effect from 10 PM this evening to 7 AM CDT Tuesday.

* Sustained Winds...Southwest 15 to 25 knots becoming west to
  west northwest on Tuesday.

* Wind Gusts...Gusts of 25 to 30 knots late this afternoon into
  the evening. Gale force gusts up to 35 knots late tonight.

* Waves...9 to 11 feet.

Roger Blough arrived Superior 10/15/2018



Roger Blough arrived Superior this afternoon.

Federal Bristol arrived Duluth 10/15/2018



Federal Bristol arrived Duluth early this morning.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Bentleyville 2018 Tree Assembly 10/13/1018



Assembly of the Bentleyville Chrismas Tree took about 4 hours this morning.

Of course, there will be many hours to get it functioning.



Tree Facts:

128 ft tall

17 Tons of Iron

8 ft Ball

150,000 LED Lights

James R Barker arrived Duluth 10/13/2018



James R Barker arrived Duluth early this morning to load iron pellets.

Camera operations today!

FYI,  I will have the Pier B and Hillside cams focused on Bayfront park today while they move the steel structure for the Bentleyville Christmas Tree into place.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Waves and Lighthouses

Canal Park Waves-10/10/2018



With the cameras acting up, here is a recording in case you missed the activity.

Lake Superior Gales



A powerful Noreaster packed a punch as it slammed into the rocky cliffs of Lake Superior's north shore with incredible waves and 65MPH winds.

October Noreaster

The Gales of November Come Early.  This storm is one of the most powerful in recent years.  I was at Silver Bay this morning and winds were 65MPH.  Incredible power.
I hope the cams are able to hold up, I may have some fixing to do come tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Gale Warning Posted!

A Gale Warning remains in effect from 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ this evening to 1 AM EDT /midnight CDT/ Thursday.
* WIND AND WAVES DURING THE GALE WARNING...
Expect sustained   winds of up to 35 knots
 from the northeast, with gusts up to  46 knots. 
The largest expected significant waves will be 17  
 feet with a maximum wave height of up to 25 feet possible.

* TIMING...The maximum winds are expected around 8 AM EDT   
Wednesday with the largest waves expected around 1 PM EDT  Wednesday.

Flowing Colors

The rivers in the Northland are flowing high due to heavy rains making for some beautiful fall scenery.  Below is the Lester River Bridge in Duluth.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Federal Biscay arrived Duluth 10/03/18



Federal Biscay arrived Duluth this morning loaded with cement.

Gale Warnings in effect

Gale Warning

URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Marquette MI
959 AM EDT Wed Oct 3 2018

LSZ162-263-264-032200-
/O.CON.KMQT.GL.W.0026.181004T0100Z-181004T1200Z/
Lake Superior west of a line from Saxon Harbor WI to Grand
Portage MN beyond 5NM-
Lake Superior from Saxon Harbor WI to Upper Entrance to Portage
Canal MI 5NM off shore to the US/Canadian border including Isle
Royale National Park-
Lake Superior from Upper Entrance to Portage Canal to Manitou
Island MI 5NM off shore to the US/Canadian Border-
959 AM EDT Wed Oct 3 2018 /859 AM CDT Wed Oct 3 2018/

Cason J Callaway arrived Duluth 10/02/2018



Cason J Callaway arrived Duluth Tuesday evening with a load of Limestone.

Sunday, September 30, 2018