Monday, April 30, 2018

Boat Hotline

You may find the Boat Hotline helpful in tracking various boat traffic. The Hotline is managed by the Lake Superior Marine Museum Staff and is updated throughout the day. I have added the phone # 218 722-6489 to the Right Sidebar for your convenience.

MANITOULIN arrived Two Harbors 04/30/2018





MANITOULIN arrived Two Harbors this morning.



Music by: Eric Matyas

http://soundimage.org/


New -- Camera Club!

Half of photography is being in the right place at the right time, the other half is sharing.

With the streaming cameras, you can be at some of the most scenic places in the Northland just by watching the live streams. Also, by using your phone, you can be the photographer that captures the moment that everyone else missed.

The harborcams are there for a reason -- to share the beauty of the Northland and the photo you capture can bring a lot of enjoyment to people, such as this image captured by Robert Peterson Jr.

Feel free to snap away. You can share on your Facebook page or the harborcam Facebook page, Instagram or anywhere else.  Try to tag the harborcam page if possible.

I am looking forward to seeing your photography! The picture you take is yours to do with what you like.

More information about the Camera Club

Narew arrived Duluth 04/30/2018



Narew arrived Duluth this morning under the watchful eye of Johnathan Livingston Seagull.

Narew will be loading grain.

Burns Harbor arrived Superior 04/30/2018



Burns Harbor arrived Superior early this morning to load iron pellets.

Isa and MICHIPICOTEN arrived Duluth 04/30/2018



Isa and MICHIPICOTEN arrived Duluth early this morning.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Cedarglen arrived Duluth 04/28/2018



Cedarglen arrived Duluth this afternoon to load pellets.

Cason J Callaway departed Superior 04/28/2018



Cason J Callaway departed Superior this evening loaded with iron pellets. ( 5x speed)
Don't forget to wave to the crew member waving the big hand!




Music by: Eric Matyas

http://soundimage.org/

Friday, April 27, 2018

John D Leitch arrived Two Harbors 04/27/2018



John D Leitch arrived Two Harbors this afternoon


Music by: Eric Matyas
http://soundimage.org/

Lee A Tregurtha - by Jeff Doty

Here is a great night shot of the Lee A Tregurtha taken by Jeff Doty.  You can see more of jeffs photography at: https://www.facebook.com/dolbybearphotography/


RT HON PAUL J MARTIN arrived Superior 04/27/2018



RT HON PAUL J MARTIN arrived Superior

Narew arrived Duluth 04/27/2018



Narew arrived Duluth this morning to load grain.

Canal Cam Adjustment

Yesterday I tilted the Canal cam up a bit and increased the resolution of the video.

Let me know if you have any issues. My intent is the get all the cams streaming at the same HD resolution.

Den

Edgar B Speer arrived Two Harbors 04/27/2018



Edgar B Speer arrived Two Harbors this morning



Music by: Eric Matyas

http://soundimage.org/

James R Barker arrived Duluth 04/26/2018



James R Barker arrived Duluth late Thursday.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Wisconsin Point Lighthouse



Wisconsin Point Lighthouse flyby - I couldn't resist!

Superior Refinery Fire 04/26/2018



The Superior Refinery Fire is mostly out, but, it was quite a sight to see. (Timelapse)

Harborcam Update!

The generosity of harborcam friends never ceases to amaze me.  We started the Wisconsin Point Cam project two months ago when, after some coaxing from watchers, I decided to take another look at the possibilities.   After finally finding a location that had power available and an antenna system that had promise, I decided to give it a go!   Wiring modifications needed to made ($2400) a camera purchased, ($1800) and antenna system ($500).  

Along with this work, additional work needed to be done by the Corps of Engineers on the Lighting system.

Within a few days of starting the fundraiser (during the off-season) we had enough money to go ahead.  (amazing)

With some weather delays, the Wisconsin Point Cam Project was complete a few days ago. While we had to make a few compromises, such as not having the cam exactly facing the canal due to safety concerns of having to hang out over the canal to work on the camera, and the fact that boats block the transmission signal for a few minutes while they pass alongside the camera, overall I think it turned out great.   The video stream is stable and picture quality is very good. 

My biggest concern was the quality of the video stream over the 6.5 miles distance from the Superior Entry to my office (I call Harbor Hub).  The Wi-fi antenna was easy to align and so far so good.  We'll see how it works in fog.

Also, it should be noted that this is a joint project with the Lake Superior Maritime Museum and you - all of the 120 folks that helped raise the $4500 for the project and the daily visitors.  I am happy to have been part of this, it is unusual for joint efforts to go as smoothly as this did.

Besides the two cams in Two Harbors (Two Harbors Chamber and LSMMA) and the cams at the canal (LSMMA)  there are now six cams, an AIS antenna, and marine scanner) all streaming through the Harbor Hub).

So, I must admit, I love the cams, but mostly the fact that so many other folks get enjoyment from these little windows to the world and a small peek at the beauty of the Northland.

Thanks again,

Den

 Camera and Antenna at Wisconsin Point
Light Pole
Antennas on the Harbor Hub (my office)

It's beginning to look like a police station. 


Thunder Bay departed Superior 04/26/2018



Thunder Bay departed Superior this afternoon loaded with iron.

ALERT - Major oil refinery fire in Superior now visible on Pier B Cam

Update 14:00 : Harborcam is now adjusted to view fire.
A Major refinery in Superior is on fire and visible on the Pier B Cam.

Nesting Time!


Lee A Tregurtha departed Two Harbors 04/26/2018



Lee A Tregurtha departed Two Harbors this morning

Algoma Equinox departed, Thunder Bay arrived Superior 04/26/2018



Algoma Equinox departed, Thunder Bay arrived Superior in the dark of night.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Virginiaborg departed Duluth 04/24/2018



Virginiaborg departed Duluth this evening loaded with grain.

MICHIPICOTEN arrived Duluth 04/24/2018



MICHIPICOTEN arrived Duluth this afternoon to load iron.

Wisconsin Point Cam Live

The Wisconsin Point Cam is now live.  I still have tweaking to do, but, it is working fairly good at this point. Expect intermittent operation while I adjust settings.
The video signal must be wirelessly transmitted 6.5 miles, so I expect that it will not be as solid as the rest. 

Thanks to all who donated to the project and the Lake Superior Marine Museum for help in getting this camera located.

Enjoy the view which few people have been able to see up until now.

The Camera link is in the Right Hand Column

Den

Great Republic arrived Duluth 02/3/2018



Great Republic arrived Duluth Monday loaded with limestone.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Superior Entry Cam Update!

FYI,

Just an update on the progress of the Superior Entry Cam.

Wiring for power is complete
The antenna system is installed and tested
The camera is installed and tested

There is some router programming and set up left to finish.

We have made a lot of progress today and I am hoping to get the cam online by the weekend.

Thanks,
Den




Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors 04/23/2018



Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors this morning.



Music by: Eric Matyas

http://soundimage.org/

Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth 04/23/2018




Labrador arrived Duluth 04/22/2018



Labrador arrived Duluth Sunday night to load grain.

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 harborlookout.com  -- duluthboats.com 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 Boatnerds.com -- 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 Boatnerd.com

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.

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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 boatnerds.com

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: http://christiandalbecphotography.com

Wisconsin Point Cam Update!

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


Boat Recordings!

FYI,

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.

denny.ohara@gmail.com

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: https://www.christiandalbecphotography.com/


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

Rollers!

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 northernimages.com  -- Enjoy the scenery!

Den

Canal Cam Icing

FYI,

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

http://soundimage.org

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: https://www.facebook.com/paul.scinocca



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.

v

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.
http://www.duluthharborcam.com/2015/09/federal-weser-arrived-duluth-09032015.html

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

http://soundimage.org/

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: http://www.christiandalbecphotography.com/

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

Thursday, April 5, 2018

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.