Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Happy River Unloading at Port Terminal -05/21/19 - Timelapse

A lot of work, skill, and coordination goes into unloading a large boat.

This time-lapse video compacts 9 hours of unloading into three minutes.   Notice how the boat shifts when the heavy tower sections are lifted off the deck.   Thanks to Duluth Harbor Connect for the view.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019



The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a Gale Warning,
which is in effect until 1 PM CDT Wednesday.

* Sustained Winds...Northeast 20 to 30 knots.

* Waves...8 to 10 feet.

* Wind Gusts...Gales up to 35 knots.


A Gale Warning means winds of 34 to 47 knots are imminent or
occurring. Operating a vessel in gale conditions requires
experience and properly equipped vessels. It is highly
recommended that mariners without the proper experience seek safe
harbor prior to the onset of gale conditions.

Algoma Discovery arrived Duluth 05/21/2019

Algoma Discovery arrived Duluth this afternoon to load wheat.

Taking a load off Happy River.

At 100 tons apiece,  the 40 tower sections from the Happy River are carefully loaded onto semi trucks at the Port Terminal and hauled to storage for the next journey to somewhere in the Midwest.
Duluth Cargo Connect are experts at managing heavy loads, whatever it is.

Lake Superior Sunrise 05/21/2019 - Timelapse

Ninety captured minutes bottled into a three-minute segment.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Winter Tulips!

Fresh snowfall today brought up these winter tulips - I think!

Urgent - Gale Warning

A Gale Warning remains in effect until 7 PM EDT /6 PM CDT/ this evening. * WIND AND WAVES DURING THE GALE WARNING...Expect sustained winds of up to 31 knots from the northeast, with gusts up to 40 knots. The largest expected significant waves will be 13 feet with a maximum wave height of up to 19 feet possible. * TIMING...The maximum winds are expected around 12 PM EDT Sunday with the largest waves expected around 3 PM EDT Sunday.

Gull Patrol - Two Harbors

American Integrity departed Duluth 05/19/2019

American Integrity departed Duluth this morning into high winds and waves.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

American Integrity arrived Duluth 05/18/2019

American Integrity arrived Duluth this afternoon to load coal.

Edwin H Gott departed, Joseph L Block arrived Two Harbors 05/18/19

Edwin H Gott departed, Joseph L Block arrived Two Harbors today.

Mesabi Miner arrived Silver Bay 05/17/2019

Mesabi Miner arrived Silver Bay Friday

Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors 05/18/2019

Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors early this morning.

Your opinion please! - Marine Radio

Thank you for your opinion on the inclusion of the marine radio on the boat videos.  Out of the 100 people that 93 voted yes, 7 voted no.

Walter J McCarthy Jr arrived Duluth 05/18/2019

Walter J McCarthy Jr arrived Duluth early this morning.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Federal Alster arrived, Edgar B Speer departed Duluth 05/12/19

Federal Alster arrived, Edgar B Speer departed Duluth this afternoon.

Stewart J Cort arrived Duluth 05/12/2019

Stewart J Cort arrived Duluth this morning.

Canadian Geese Come to Town - Love is in the Air - Happy Mothers Day!

Here comes the Walter J McCarthy Jr --- What a great honker on that boat. I fell in love with the honk of all of these big boats the first time I heard them. So glad my little cousin Jeffery invited me to Duluth, I think I will stay!

American Integrity departed Two Harbors 05/12/2019

American Integrity departed Two Harbors this morning while Presque Isle switched docks.

Edgar B Speer and Walter J McCarthy Jr arrived Duluth 05/12/19

Edgar B Speer and Walter J McCarthy Jr arrived Duluth early this morning under a bright sunrise.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Winter Storm Warning!


Algoma Innovator departed Duluth 05/08/2019

Algoma Innovator departed Duluth this morning after unloading salt.

Joseph L Block arrived Duluth 5/08/2019

Joseph L Block arrived Duluth this morning to unload limestone.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Edgar B Speer departed John D Leitch arrived Two Harbors 050619

Edgar B Speer departed John D Leitch today.

Stewart J Cort departed Superior 05/06/2019

Stewart J Cort departed Superior this morning.

BBC Scandinavia preparing to unload at Duluth Cargo Connect

The BBC Scandinavia prepares to unload some heavy equipment at Duluth Cargo Connect.

BBC Scandinavia -

JB Ford still waiting to be scrapped.

The JB Ford sits quietly near the scrap yard where it will be going at some time.
Read more about the Ford on

Great Republic arrived Duluth 05/06/2019

The Great Republic arrived Duluth this morning with a load of limestone under beautiful May skies.

BBC Scandinavia arrived Duluth 050619

BBC Scandinavia arrived Duluth overnight to unload heavy cargo.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Exeborg departed Duluth 05/03/2019

Exeborg departed Duluth this evening loaded with beet pulp pellets. The pellets are used as high-quality horse feed around the world.

Tim S Dool departed Duluth 05/03/2019

Tim S Dool departed Duluth this morning sporting a brand new paint job.

The "Real Fog Horn of Duluth" - Gone but not forgotten!

The workings of Duluth's foghorn inside the South Breakwater Light Station (img: Zenith City Press)

Duluthians have either loved or hated the fog signal since it was first used in 1885. In 1915 the steam-powered twin whistles installed in 1901 were replaced by locomotive whistles, which in turn were replaced in 1923 by electrically powered twin Type F diaphone horns whose deep “Bee-Oh” tone could be heard for twenty miles. Almost immediately Duluthians complained. The horn was much too loud and rattled windows; in the hillside neighborhood, the horn disrupted conversation and woke the sleeping. In 1968 the Coast Guard retired the horn, replacing it with a much quieter single-tone horn. While some Duluthians rejoiced, others dearly missed the old horn's deep toot and felt the City had lost part of its very identity. They called the new signal a “peanut whistle."
Read the rest of the story at:

Isolda and Federal Baltic departed Duluth 05/03/2019

Isolda and Federal Baltic departed Duluth overnight loaded with grain.

The world according to Jeffery the Gull!

There goes the American Century, a fine old boat. It's massive propellers churn up fish to the surface where I can get at them easier.

The charter fishing boats are also going back out this morning if the Century breaks a path for them.  With any luck, they should be back by noon with enough fish for all us, especially if I sit on the dock and fake an injury - works every time.

Life is good, Springtime has returned!  Keep your feathers preened!

American Century departed Duluth 05/03/2019

American Century departed Duluth at the break of dawn loaded with iron destined for Indiana Harbor.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Jeffery on Ice! 5/2/2019

Folks, I don't mind ice fishing, but after a while, your feet do get cold.
Park Point Beach - 5/2/2019

Happy River arrived Duluth 05/02/2019

Happy River arrived Duluth this morning to unload wind turbine towers for one of the many wind farms being constructed in the Midwest.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

John J Boland arrived Duluth 04/30/2019

John J Boland arrived Duluth this afternoon loaded with limestone.

Ed Culbertson Memorial (52 years ago)

If you happened to be watching the Canal Cam about noon today, you may have noticed a small group of people standing in front of a plaque on the pier break wall.

The plaque was placed there in honor of Ed Culbertson, a Coast Guardsman who gave his life, 52 years ago, trying to save three young brothers who became trapped on the pier during a fierce storm.

Capt Tom Mackay
Capt. Tom Mackay, talked about his friend Ed, who perished that night and reminded the news media of the bravery and valor that is often forgotten over time. Tom wanted to make sure Ed will be remembered.
Coast Guard

The words on the plaque read:

Silver Bay - Springtime Snow 04/29/2019

Heavy snowfall on the North Shore of Lake Superior is not unusual this time of year. Some areas of the North Shore received more than a foot of snow yesterday.

Indiana Harbor arrived Superior 04/30/19

Indiana Harbor arrived Superior through the Lake Superior ice pack that blew back in overnight.

A reminder that the days start getting shorter in 6 weeks.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

CSL TADOUSSAC departed Superior 04/427/19

CSL TADOUSSAC departed Superior this evening.

New Bayfront Cam

Based on your opinion I have installed a new Bayfront Cam.

We had enough money in the camera fund, thanks to your generosity, to pay for the camera without a fundraiser.

Happy boat watching!

CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT departed Dululth 04/27/2019

CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT departed Duluth this morning into a beautiful sunrise.

Monday, April 22, 2019

James R Barker arrived Superior 04/22/2019

James R Barker arrived Superior this evening to load iron.

Presque Isle departed Duluth 04/22/2019

Presque Isle departed Duluth this afternoon for Two Harbors.

Two Harbors Boat Launch Cam - Intermittent!

Update-04/22/19-12:00 -- Hopefully the bug is gone and the cam stream improves now.

4/22/2019 - 08:00 The Two Harbors Boat Launch Cam has picked up a bit of a bug and has become quite intermittent.  I will be checking into it.

Hon James L Oberstar arrived Duluth 04/22/2019

Hon James L Oberstar arrived Duluth early this morning to load iron

Paul R Tregurtha and American Integrity departed, Presque Isle arrived D...

Paul R Tregurtha and American Integrity departed, Presque Isle arrived Duluth Sunday evening.

Paul R Tregurtha and American Integrity departed, Presque Isle arrived D...

Paul R Tregurtha and American Integrity departed, Presque Isle arrived Duluth Sunday evening.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Maria G departed Duluth 04/17/2019

Maria G departed Duluth for Italy with a load of Midwest wheat. Must be for some fancy pizza!

Silver Bay Marina - 04/17/19

Daybreak at Silver Bay Marina. Summer is right around the corner!

Before the Rain -- Sunrise Timelapse 04/17/2019

Red Sky in the Morning- Sailors Take Warning-- With a saturated atmosphere, the color red indicates incoming rain. (as in the forecast)

Monday, April 15, 2019

Presque Isle - by: Christian Dalbec

Christian took this image this morning in Two Harbors.  Beautiful.
You can see more of Christians work at:

Lee A Tregurtha arrived Duluth 04/15/19

Lee A Tregurtha arrived Duluth early this evening to load iron.

Edgar B Speer departed Duluth 04/15/19

Edgar B Speer departed Duluth this afternoon.

Roger Blough arrived Duluth 4/15/2019

Roger Blough arrived Duluth thi morning sporting a new coat of paint.

Morning Boats in Duluth 04/15/2019

John J Boland, American Spirit, James R Barker, Paul R Tregurtha, Roger Blough and American Integrity all passed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning and all saluted to the joy of the boat watchers.

Maria G arrived Duluth 04/15/19

Maria G arrived Duluth this morning as the first ocean-going vessel of the season.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Algoma Discovery departed, CSL TADOUSSAC arrived Superior 04/14/19

Algoma Discovery departed, CSL TADOUSSAC arrived Superior on a beautiful April evening.

Gooseberry Falls State Park in White

Spring runoff is a great time to visit the most popular waterfalls on the North Shore.  I took a walk around the falls just after the latest spring snowfall and found it to be a delightful little hike.

American Courage arrived Silver Bay 04/14/19

American Courage arrived Silver Bay this afternoon backing in behind the H Lee White.

Edgar B Speer arrived Duluth 04/14/2019

Edgar B Speer arrived Duluth early this morning.

Stunning Sunrise Timelapse 04/14/19

Sometimes the sunrises over Lake Superior take your breath away --- This morning was one of those days. - It's a good day to be alive!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Stewart J Cort departed, RT Hon Paul R Martin arrived Superior 04/13/19

Stewart J Cort departed, RT Hon Paul R Martin arrived Superior 04/13/19

State of the Harborcams - After the Storm

Just thought I would review of where the Harborcams stand after the storm.

Camera's - amazingly, all 11 cams stayed operational through the sustained 50-60 MPH winds -- I have to give AXIS credit for making good cameras. I am especially surprised that the Wisconsin Point cam stayed operational-that camera is wide open to the winds.

Internet connections -- There are lots of things that can go wrong with the internet connection and often does. My hope is that most of the cams stay up and do not get bogged down with internet traffic and poor connections. That said, there were times during this past storm when connections were intermittent and poor. Hopefully, with technology advances, things get better in the future.

Ship Alerts - I still do ship alerts when I am at my desk and notice them coming -- not always the best indicator.  Between the Ship Alerts, Boat Schedule Page and the AIS Pages, you should have a good idea when to expect activity.

Marine Scanner -- I have installed the best scanner and antenna I could find and hopefully, it is better than the old one.

Video Recordings -- I try to get the recordings up on the website when able, however, sometimes I am tied up and not able to do it. If you have a particular boat recording that you want, let me know and I will get it for you if possible.

Website -- The website is hosted by Google Blogger. It doesn't have a lot of options to customize the comments and I cannot change the order in which they are presented. While Blogger is very limited, it is free.  In the past, even with paid sites, I would often get my account suspended due to high traffic.  Maybe next year I will try something else.

Response to comments -- I apologize for not always responding to comments -- I often fall asleep before getting to them and then I forget about them.

My thoughts -- I hope to keep the cams going for a long time as I get tremendous satisfaction from knowing folks are enjoying them.  I spend a lot of time on them, but, do try to keep a balance with other responsibilities.

I really, really appreciate all of the folks who help support these cams -- I consider myself the caretaker of your cams and while there are lots of glitches along the way -- I will do my best to keep them running.


Walter J McCarthy Jr - Emergency Go-Around 04/13/19

This morning when a traffic gate on the Lift Bridge froze -- the bridge had to return down to reset it.  The professionalism of the Bridge Operator and the McCarthy Jr Captain make it seem like no big deal - all in a days work.

Stewart J Cort arrived Superior 04/13/19

Stewart J Cort arrived Superior this afternoon.

Walter J McCarthy Jr, American Integrity, Michipicoten and Philip R Clar...

Walter J McCarthy Jr, American Integrity, Michipicoten, and Philip R Clarke all arrived Duluth this morning.

American Century arrived Silver Bay 04/13/2019

American Century arrived Silver Bay early this morning

Friday, April 12, 2019

CSL Laurentien departed Two Harbors 04/12/2019

CSL Laurentien departed Two Harbors this afternoon -- seems like a return to winter shipping.

Wild Times in Canal Park - Noreaster 04/11/2019

A classic Noreaster ripped through the Northland yesterday. This video shows the progression of the storm as the day progressed.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Lake Superior - April Noreaster 2019

A trip up the North Shore during a good Noreaster is always an enjoyable adventure.

CSL LAURENTIEN arrived Two Harbors 04/10/2019

CSL LAURENTIEN arrived Two Harbors Wednesday Evening.

Gale Warning = Big Waves!

East gales to 45 knots increasing to storm force winds to 60 knots in the afternoon. A chance of snow through early afternoon, then snow by mid-afternoon. Waves building to 15 to 20 feet occasionally to 25 feet.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Silver Bay Cam is Now Live

Thanks to all of you who donated to this new camera. Silver Bay Marina will be a great addition to our viewing options and offers incredible views of not only the large boats going into the North Shore Mining operation but, also the marina that is such a good example of life on the lake.

There is a link the camera on the side menu and also HERE.   I will adjust the camera view depending on what is happening and the camera will also be set to do a rotation several times per hour.  I will also turn the camera to view the boats going into North Shore Mining and storm views when able.


Drone photo from 2018

Winter Storm Warning!

Classic Noreaster moving in.

In a replay of last years powerful winter storm that damaged the Lakewalk and caused other damage, we can expect the same scenario tomorrow with waves approaching 20 ft and winds in excess of 60MPH with heavy snow.

The power of Lake Superior will be on full display! Boats will be sheltering by this evening.

Hang on to your hats!

View images from last years storm

Algoma Spirit departed Superior 04/10/2019

Algoma Spirit departed Superior early this morning.

CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT arrived Duluth 04/10/2019

CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT arrived Duluth this morning to load iron pellets

Herbert C Jackson arrived Duluth 04/09/2019

Herbert C Jackson arrived Duluth Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Friday, April 5, 2019

Oakglen arrived Duluth 04/05/19

Oakglen arrived Duluth this afternoon to load iron pellets.

Silver Bay Cam project Update!

If the weather holds, we will be installing the new Silver Bay Cam next week. I have decided to go with a high-end camera that can pan @ zoom.  This will allow us to change the viewing direction with a single camera instead of the original two cam plan which was more difficult and technical to install.

I will keep you posted on the progress.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Jeffery The Gull Back -04/03/19

Hi fans, for those who don't know me, I'm Jeffery the Gull and I hang out here on the Great Lakes Aquarium roof where harborcam visitors can view my beautiful plumage.  Amelia and I just got back into town and have been feasting on some wonderful dead fish left over from the ice fishermen.

Amelia is over checking out a nesting area and I just stopped by to say hi.   Well, we'll be seeing you around town!

Arthur M Anderson Returning to Service

Yesterday, the Arthur M Anderson was moved from the CNN Ore Docks in Duluth to the Fraser Shipyard in Superior for drydock inspections prior to returning to service later this year.

The Anderson had been docked for the past two seasons due to a slow iron market, but, will be returned to service because of the improving market conditions.

There is no official date for its return.

Algoma Discovery departed Two Harbors 04/03/2019

Algoma Discovery departed Two Harbors early this morning.

American Mariner arrived Superior 04/03/19

American Mariner arrived Superior early this morning.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Big Boats and one Big Egg!

Update 3/31: So I went to fry up the huge egg from yesterday and found this egg within an egg.- I have heard of double yoke eggs, but, this is the first double shell egg that I have seen.

One of our chickens laid this whopper of an egg while we were out of town today.  I bet our neighbors heard her squawking. And I thought the 1000ft boats were big! (relatively speaking)

Algoma Spirit arrived Duluth 03/30/2019

Algoma Spirit arrived Duluth this afternoon to load iron pellets.

James R Barker departed Duluth 03/30/2019

James R Barker departed Duluth early this morning loaded with steel pellets.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019

Camera Status Update!

All cameras are now online and operating.   A new modem was installed at the Hillside location and the Wisconsin Point connections have been recalibrated.

Silver Bay Marina cams will be coming soon, however, the marina doesn't open until May, so it may be a few more weeks.

Hopefully, we have a smooth operation for a while.


Saturday, March 23, 2019

American Spirit departed Duluth 03/23/2019

American Spirit departed Duluth late this afternoon from BN Docks.

H Lee White departed Duluth 03/23/2019

H Lee White departed Duluth this afternoon.

Kaye E Barker arrived Two Harbors 03/22/2019

Kaye E Barker arrived Two Harbors Friday afternoon to load its first cargo of Taconite for the season. The CGC Mackinaw broke its way into the harbor before arrival.

Hillside Camera Streaming Issues

I have discovered that the internet connection at the Harbor Hub-- the hillside connection for Pier B, GLA, Harborcam, Hillside cam, and Bayfront has become intermittent.  Next week, I will have the internet provider switch out the modem and see if the issue is corrected.   I will look into the Wisconsin Point intermittent issue once this is resolved next week.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

CGC Mackinaw - Duluth - 03/21/19

The Big Mack was out breaking harbor ice this morning.  With 30mph winds and 50F temps, the ice won't last long. The Lakers will begin moving out tomorrow. Check website.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

CGC Alder arrived Duluth 03/20/2019

CGC Alder arrived Duluth this evening to start cracking ice in its home port.

CG Mackinaw arrived Duluth 03/20/19

CG Mackinaw arrived Duluth this evening to kick off the 2019 shipping season.

CG Cutter Arrival

The Cutter Mackinaw and Alder will be arriving about 1800. I will be adjusting the cameras accordingly.

Silver Bay Cams Update

There is still a lot of frost and snow on the ground. I hope to have the Silver Bay Cams installed by May 1st.


Have a look inside the CG Mackinaw

A view of inside the CG Mackinaw.

CG Cutters arriving today!

The CG Cutter Mackinaw and Alder will be arriving Duluth later today to break out the big boats.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Morning Minute - Lake Superior Sunrise 03/17/2019

Color, ice, clouds, and water all came together this morning for a beautiful St, Patrick's Day sunrise.

Lake Superior Ice Cover Rapidly Decreasing

The ice cover in Lake Superior is rapidly decreasing with the warming temperatures. We should start seeing blue water on the horizon soon.
Ice will mainly be in the harbors by the end of the week.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard will begin Lake Superior ice-breaking operations next week

The U.S. Coast Guard will begin Lake Superior icebreaking operations on March 20.

The cutters Alder and Mackinaw will enter Lake Superior around Wednesday, March 20, to begin ice-breaking for the upcoming shipping season. They will begin in Whitefish Bay, on the far eastern part of the lake, and eventually, make their way to Duluth-Superior.

The Soo Locks are scheduled to open on March 25.

See more info on
Seen more info on Duluth News Tribune
CGC Alder -

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Canal Cam update!

Update: 3/8/2018 - 14:30 --- Complete - I will be tweaking the image over the next few days.
Thanks to all who donated to the new camera.

Tomorrow Friday, March 8th, I will be working on replacing the Canal Cam between 12:00 and 16:00.  You can expect the camera to be offline during that time.  With any luck, the new cam will be up and running later in the day.

Sorry for the inconvenience,

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tales from the Harborcams - Sometimes ice fishing can be hard work

Over several hours this morning, these guys worked like crazy to get a little fishing in -- hopefully, they caught something.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Tales from the harborcams - Two Harbors Airboat 03/02/2019

I watched the Two Harbors cam on Saturday, March 2, and watched a couple men go out on the lake in an Air Boat, like they use in the Everglades. I wanted to relay the experience I had watching something so unusual. These guys worked so hard getting ready for their fishing trip and it looked like they were taking everything but the kitchen sink. I was so shocked after watching them for close to an hour when they almost "flew" out onto the lake in this Air Boat. I had to laugh thinking I would love to know what they would think about an old 85-year-old lady, who lives about 30 miles west of Baltimore, Md. had been watching this very long procedure that morning. They must be a very die-hard fisherman to go to all that trouble just to go fishing, especially in the winter time. I really enjoy all the Duluth web cams and watch them quite a lot. Especially love to watch in the summer as the big ships come into the channel. Thanks for providing such fun enjoyment.

Joy Hild

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Which saltie will be first in 2019?

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The FIRST first ship/saltie to arrive after the St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959 was the Ramon de Larrinaga (arrived May 3, 1959). Get out your crystal ball and see if you can predict the exact date and time the very first oceangoing vessel (“saltie”) of the 2019 shipping season will sail into the Port of Duluth-Superior beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge. Visit the Visit Duluth Contest page HERE for more info.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Morning Minute - 03/01/2019

This timelapse packs 90 minutes of this morning's beautiful sunrise into one minute. - Enjoy!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

William A Irvin Pilot House - 360

A view of inside the William A Irvin Pilothouse.

Sunrise 02/28/2019

While it is still a bit below zero on this last day of February, it's nice to know that ice breaking in the harbor will begin in a few weeks.

A walk on the Canal - Springtime in Duluth

With clean white snow, fresh cool air and a touch of Spring in the air, things will be waking up soon.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum - 360-Use your mouse/finger to look around.

This afternoon I took a short walk out to the strange looking building just offshore in Canal Park. I thought you might like a look.