Friday, July 19, 2019

Big Boy Locomotive in Twin.

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Completion, Big Boy, one of the largest steam engines ever made is visiting Duluth this weekend. The Big Boy, built for the Union Pacific Railroad is an incredible machine to view.

Here you see it crossing a train trestle over the Nemadji River just outside Superior.

You can read more about Big Boy HERE




Big Boy - Dennis O'Hara

Monday, July 15, 2019

Victoriaborg arrived Duluth 07/15/19 - (Republished)



Victoriaborg arrived Duluth  this morning to load wheat.

James R Barker departed Duluth 07/15/19



James R Barker departed Duluth this afternoon loaded with iron pellets.

Vctoriaborg arrived Duluth 07/15/2019



Vctoriaborg arrived Duluth this morning to load wheat.

Lee A Tregurtha arrived and Great Lakes Trader departed Duluth 07/15/2019



Lee A Tregurtha arrived and Great Lakes Trader departed Duluth this morning.

American Century departed, Algoma Discovery arrived Superior 07/15/19



American Century departed, Aloma Discovery arrived Su

Edgar B Speer departed Two Harbors 07/15/2019



Edgar B Speer departed Two Harbors early this morning.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

CSL Assiniboine departed Two Harbors 07/14/2019



CSL Assiniboine departed Two Harbors early this morning.
The North Shore Scenic Railroad is running weekend excursions to Two Harbors with their beautiful steam locomotive #332. Thought you might enjoy a look at the historic beauty. More information is available at: https://duluthtrains.com/steam/

James R Barker arrived Duluth 07/14/2019



James R Barker arrived Duluth this morning to load iron pellets

Joseph L Block departed Duluth 07/14/2019



Joseph L Block departed Duluth early this morning.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Canal and Bridge Cam offline

Update 14:40 7/5/19 == Due to heavy traffic in Canal Park, I was not able to get to the Maritime Visitor Center to check on the apparent internet problem. Fortunately, the service was restored at 14:30. I will continue to monitor the internet connection that affects the Canal Cam and Bridge. ----------------------------

 13:30 Friday, July 5th. It appears that the canal cams are offline. I will be checking into it.

Ghost Ship - Joseph L Block arrived Two Harbors 07/05/2019



Joseph L Block arrived Two Harbors this morning through a light blanket of fog.

4th of July Fireworks - Canal Park - Duluth -2019



Thousands of people enjoyed the Duluth Fourthfest fireworks display last night. The 18-minute display fascinated young and old alike.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

July 4th!

July 4th Camera Operation:
Fireworks: Scheduled to go off at 22:10 Thursday  (depending on the weather)
The best view will be from the Hillside or Harborcams.  I will be using them to pan the FourthFest activities in Bayfront Park and the Harbor in general.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!


So much to be thankful for!

Cason J Calaway arrived Duluth 07/02/2019



Cason J Calaway arrived Duluth Tuesday evening.

Catching a Breeze - Sailboat Races Duluth 07/03/2019



Sailboats head out onto Lake Superior to catch some wind on a beautiful July evening.

Algoma Sault arrived Duluth 07/03/2019



Algoma Sault arrived Duluth this afternoon to load iron pellets.
The Sault is only a year old and this is it's the first visit to Duluth.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Algoma Buffalo departed, Stewart J Cort arrived Superior 7/02/19



Algoma Buffalo departed, Stewart J Cort arrived Superior

Harbor Symphony - WDSE TV, Ted Pellman

Ships and foghorns create a misfit symphony and set the tone of the Duluth-Superior Harbor. Enjoy the musical results with WDSE The Slice. Composer credit goes to photographer Ted Pellman.

Michipecoten arrived Duluth 07/02/2019



Michipecoten arrived Duluth this afternoon to load iron pellets.


Edgar B Speer departed Edwin H Gott arrived Two Harbors 07/02/2019

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Edgar B Speer departed Edwin H Gott arrived Two Harbors this morning.

WOW! - Sunrise 07/02/2019



The transition from night to day on a warm July morning is a sight to behold.   This time-lapse covers a two hour period between 4AM and 6AM this morning from the Pier B Cam.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Storm Front 06/27/2019



A quick passing front stirred up the canal for a bit this afternoon.

CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT departed Presque Isle re-positioned at Two Harbors 0...



CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT departed Two Harbors this morning.

Storm Front!

As today's storm front moved through the area this afternoon, it made for some beautiful cloud formations such as this one over Caribou Lake north of Duluth.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Enjoy Summer - Daylight hours start getting shorted on Friday



Seems like only yesterday when the Manitowoc arrived in Duluth on a "relatively" warm December day. - Enjoy the warm days of summer!

Edwin H Gott departed American Integrity arrived Two Harbors 6/19/2019



Edwin H Gott departed American Integrity arrived Two Harbors this morning.

Happy River arrived Duluth 6/19/2019



Happy River arrived Duluth this afternoon carrying tower sections for wind turbines.

Industrial Skipper Unloading Wind Turbine Blades 06/18-19/2019



The Industrial Skipper unloaded large wind turbine blades over a 3 day period, at Lake Superior Warehousing.

The blades will be transported by road in the coming months.

Alamosborg departed Duluth 06/18/19 (Sea Bear Transfer)



Alamosborg departed Duluth while the Sea Bear (Pilot Boat) pulled up alongside to pick up a Pilot for the next arriving saltie.  Watch as the Sea Bear Crew makes this rare maneuver in front of a cheering crowd.

Superior Daybreak - 06/19/2019



Just when you think the last sunrise was spectacular, another one comes along to take your breath away.

I am so blessed to be able to watch these scenes unfold each day.  Just another reminder of creations wonders.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Walter J McCarthy Jr arrived Duluth 06/09/2019



Jeffery the Gull - The Walter J McCarthy Jr, one of those 1000ftrs. I love those big props that stir up the bottom fish for feeding. Makes catching fish so much easier.  That boat could carry 120 million herring and make a lot of gulls happy.

CSL Laurentien departed Algoma Discovery arrived Two Harbors 06/09/19



CSL Laurentien departed Algoma Discovery arrived Two Harbors early this morning.

Jeffery the Gull - 060919



There goes the fishing fleet for the 06 lift.  With any luck, they will be back with lunch by noon.  I appreciate the brave fishermen that get up so early just to catch me some lake trout.  After all, a gull can only eat junk food so long.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Jeffery the Gull - Grounded due to Fog 06/05/19



Jeffery here. I stopped by to say hi. Flying in this fog is scary, I almost ran into the Lift Bridge and then one of my cousins.

While you're waiting for the next boat, I thought you might enjoy viewing my beautiful plumage and great physique.  I happen to be very modest, but, I am one of the most beautiful birds around.  Hope you have a great day and enjoy the fog while it lasts, the sun and warmth will be back tomorrow.

Have a great day and keep your feathers dry!

Jeff

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Stewart J Cort and Burns Harbor arrived Superior 06/04/19



Stewart J Cort and Burns Harbor arrived Superior this evening

Michipicoten arrived Duluth 06/04/2019 followed by a thunderstorm



Michipicoten  arrived Duluth to load iron pellets

Summer Storm Passing Through Two Harbors - 06/04/19



A brief summer storm passing through the area this evening.  (Timelapse)

James R Barker departed Duluth 06/04/19



James R Barker departed Duluth this afternoon loaded with iron pellets.

John G Munson departed Duluth 06/04/2019



John G Munson departed Duluth this morning.

Algoma Spirit arrived Two Harbors 06/04/2019



Algoma Spirit arrived Two Harbors early this morning.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Mesabi Miner arrived Superior 05/31/2019



Mesabi Miner arrived Superior this evening.

Michipicoten arrived Duluth 05/31/2019



Michipicoten arrived Duluth this afternoon to load iron pellets.

State of the Harborcams for Summer 2019

Going into this summer I hope to keep all eleven cameras up and running smoothly.

Camera Status: All online as of this morning.

Camera Operations: The cams need constant babysitting, and while I do have some outside obligations, I hope to be available to make adjustments, clean the glass, remove spiders, and make repairs after storms daily. 
The quality and stability of each camera stream depend a lot on the lighting of the scene and the reliability of the internet connections - this is all variable and doesn't mean your device is bad, just that the stream at that time may be bogging down.  Not a perfect system, but, hopefully, gets better over time and is good enough to at least get a view.

New locations: None planned at this time.

Funding: If nothing major breaks, we should have enough funds to make it to our October fundraiser.

Events: 
Tall Ships Duluth August 11-13
Wednesday Night Sailboat Regatta's

Weather forecast: The long-range forecast is for a normal weather pattern with temps in the 60-70's and often cooler by the lake.   Lake Superior water levels are high meaning the occasional storms will probably be more severe than usual.

Boat Traffic: Looks to be a busy shipping season with large amounts of steel pellets and grain going out and plenty of limestone and other cargo coming in.

Recordings:  I try and post at least one boat, weather, or sunrise recording each day and probably more.

Jeffery the Gull: Jeffery is back and will be visiting on occasion.

Summary: I just hope that visiting these little windows to the world makes your day a bit better and gives you a relaxing glimpse into this neck of the woods.
I appreciate all the kind remarks, financial help, and constructive criticism.
Have a great day!
Den

Indiana Harbor departed, Alpena arrived Duluth 05/31/2019



Indiana Harbor departed with coal, Alpena arrived Duluth with cement early this morning.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday Night at the Races 05/29/2019



A spectacular scene as sailboats large and small make their way out onto Lake Superior for a beautiful evening of sailing.

Jeffery the Gull Update!

Hi Folks, I heard some squawking around town you guys miss me.  Well, I have been fishing and hanging out with Amelia over on Gull Island while she is nesting along with thousands of my cousins.
Gull Island
I stopped by today to say hi and that I miss you guys.  Now that the tourist are back in town, I can smell the dumpsters already and look forward to the french fries and popcorn. Umm!

Here are a couple snapshots of my beautiful feathers and nifty landing characteristics and flight skills.

I will be back when I find some more sunglasses for the summer.  See ya soon!








Burns Harbor departed and Spruceglen arrived Two Harbors 05/29/19



Burns Harbor departed and Spruceglen arrived Two Harbors early this morning.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Joseph L Block arrived Duluth 05/25/2019



Joseph L Block arrived Duluth Saturday with a bagpipe player playing the bagpipes on the middle back deck.  If you listen closely, you can hear the pipes. Amazing what you can see in Canal Park.

Monday, May 27, 2019

James R Barker arrived Duluth 05/27/2019 (Get Ringtone)



James R Barker arrived Duluth this morning and the captain made sure it was the perfect salute to record for your ringtone.  The Barker has the most distinctive horn on the Great Lakes and people love to hear it.

If you would like the mp3 file to put it on your phone, you can download it here. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sA7a11kXIYiAmSLdFj1NVikg_kTnUquA/view?usp=sharing

Joseph L Block departed, Edgar B Speer and Burns Harbor arrived Two Harb...



Joseph L Block departed, Edgar B Speer and Burns Harbor arrived Two Harbors early this morning.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Jeffery tackles a Sea Lamprey

Courtesy: Deborah Moe
Check out this story in Lake Superior Magazine of how Jeffery and his buddies are helping rid the harbor of invasive species. The gull story is about halfway down the page link.

Edwin H Gott departed Two Harbors 05/24/2019



Edwin H Gott departed Two Harbors early this morning with a load of pellets.

Indiana Harbor departed Duluth 05/23/2019



Indiana Harbor departed Duluth Thursday evening.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth 05/22/2019



Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth this evening to load iron pellets.

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

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT!

...GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CDT WEDNESDAY...

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.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
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!

WINTER STORM WARNING FROM 7PM CDT WED UNTIL 10AM CDT THU ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM CDT THURSDAY... * ...HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES, EXCEPT 6 TO 10 INCHES ALONG THE HIGHER TERRAIN SURROUNDING LAKE SUPERIOR. 

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 - duluthharborcam.com

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 Boatnerds.com


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.