Thursday, November 21, 2019

Camera Update!


Two Harbors: The internet provider at Two Harbors is struggling at bit to work through some unusual operating issues keeping the two cameras from connecting to the internet. They are working through the problem and doing their best to get the cameras back online. The connection should be better than ever.

Bridge microphone:  The Bridge Cam mic shorted out last week. I have the replacement ready to install now and hope to replace it tomorrow.  Depending on the time it takes, I have a replacement mic for the Canal Cam also.

GLA Cam:  I installed a new antenna radio system this week and the connection seems much better.

Harbor Hub:  I have upgraded the internet connection speed at the Harbor Hub that will improve the connection to all six cams that stream through there.

Thank you for your patience and incredible support.


Narie arrived Duluth 11/21/2019

Narie arrived Duluth this evening to load grain.

Mesabi Miner departed Superior 11/21/2019

Mesabi Miner departed Superior this afternoon loaded with iron pellets.

Philip R Clarke departed, Eeborg arrived Duluth 11/21/2019

Philip R Clarke departed, Eeborg arrived Duluth this morning. Eeborg will be loading grain.

Stewart J Cort arrived Duluth 11/20/2019

Stewart J Cort arrived Duluth last night for the Port Terminal

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Two Harbors Cameras Offline

The Two Harbors Cams are both offline due some configuration problems with the Internet Service Provider.

This is an unusual situation and the provider is working on it, hopefully, it shouldn't be more than a couple days.


CGC Alder and James R Barker arrived, John G Munson Departed Duluth 11/1...

CGC Alder and James R Barker arrived, John G Munson Departed Duluth this morning in thick fog.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Bridge Cam Microphone failure!

Update: 20:00 Thanks to: Thomas Chesney, Joan Dearing, jean mejerle, and Jeanette Jensen we collected enough to replace the mics on both cameras.  I will get them ordered and install them as soon as they arrive.

I appreciate your support.

The Bridge Cam microphone shorted out today.  If anyone would like to donate one, They cost $100.
I can order it and get it up by next Friday if the weather holds.  We have two cameras with mics, the Canal and Bridge, both are getting old.

Thanks a bunch!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

CSL Assiniboine arrived Duluth 11/12/19

CSL Assiniboine arrived Duluth this afternoon to load iron pellets

Sea Smoke over Lake Superior (Timelapse)

A fast moving cold front raced over Lake Superior overnight and created sea smoke over Lake Superior as temperatures dipped near zero F.

Sea Smoke and Saltie

The freighter Iryda sat anchored off Duluth this morning bundled up in sea smoke rising off the warm (32F) waters of Lake Superior. The air temperature was 0F a taste of things to come.
Iryda in Sea Smoke

Monday, November 11, 2019

Camera Updates

Two Harbors Depot - the camera is online, however there are some network issues that are preventing me from accessing the camera, (without being there) to make some final adjustments.
Hoping to get back at it next week.

Harbor Hub - I will be upgrading some network equipment tomorrow , so, there may be some short outages to GLA, Harbor, Pier B, Hillside, Bayfront and Wisconsin Pt.

GLA Cam - I will be replacing the antenna radio that beams the signal from the aquarium to the hillside. If the weather warms up, I will be doing this the week of Nov 18.  This will create an outage to the GLA cam of several hours.

Camera Streaming - Most of the cams of streaming from Youtube now.  There are several that will continue to stream from Angelcam and some from both until their contract expires sometime in 2020.  These cams are Silver Bay, Two Harbors, Canal, Bridge and Pier B.

 2020 will be a test year for Youtube. So far the benefits are an ability to review back 12 hours, no timeout after an hour and lower streaming cost. I will review the process and migrate back to Angelcam if things don't work out.  It could be that some cam stay on both, some stay on Angelcam and others only on Youtube -- the jury is still out, but there remains a lot of things to consider.

2020 Look Ahead - My focus in 2020 is to improve the streaming quality by strengthening the networks with upgraded switched, cables and routers including increasing connection speeds where economically feasible.

Note, there are many things that affect the quality of video that you get and I appreciate your patience while I stamp out the problems that pop up daily, including problems that I create myself.

Thank your for your fabulous support for this site, it's you that makes the difference.


Edwin H Gott departed, Burns Harbor arrived Superior 11/11/2019

Edwin H Gott departed, Burns Harbor arrived Superior.

Catching Crystals-WDIO

Now that the snow is flying, it's a great time to get out and enjoy the freezing cold! Channel WDIO did this story lat winter, thought I would share it since winter is such a wonderful season.
If you would like to view some of the snowflake images, you can check them out HERE.

It is amazing that even the little things of God declare his glory!

Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth 11/11/2019

Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth this morning to loaf iron pellets.

Andean arrived Duluth 11/11/2019

Andean arrived Duluth this morning to load grain.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial

Every year on November 10th, a memorial ceremony is held at Split Rock Lighthouse to remember the 29 crew members who perished on the Edmund Fitzgerald November 10, 1975 in a fierce Lake Superior storm.

A ships bell tolls for those lost.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Edward L Ryerson 11/09/2019

The Edward L Ryerson was towed to a slip near Fraser Shipyard earlier this week. The boat was moved in order to do some testing of the harbor in the slip where it had been tied up. The former "Queen of the Lakes" will continue to be "on ice" for the foreseeable future. If you want the learn more about this beautiful boat you can visit the following links.

Lake Superior Magazine: Lake Superior Magazine:

Michipicoten arrived Duluth 11/09/2019

Michipicoten arrived Duluth this morning to load iron pellets.

Cape departed Duluth 11/08/2019

Cape departed Duluth Friday evening with a load of grain.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Two Harbors Depot Cam Update!

The new camera is programmed and ready to go up. Now it is a matter of getting some warm weather and a schedule that will work for myself, the depot staff and an electrician.

I am still hoping for installation before Thanksgiving.

Miedwie departed Duluth 10/07/2019

Miedwie departed Duluth this evening loaded with wheat.

Fivelborg and Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth 11/07/2019

Fivelborg and Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth this afternoon for grain and iron pellets.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Boat Fans Come In All Sizes!

I received the following email today from Gina, the mom of a special harborcam fan.
I just wanted to tell you that my kids LOVE this page. My parents travel to Duluth every Summer so they started showing the kids the cams. My oldest is 3 and when asked what he wanted to be for Halloween this year he said he wanted to be a ship!  He decided his favorite ship was RUDDY. So we made a costume for him and he went as RUDDY.  He also decided that his little sister that's almost 2 would be a tug boat. So just wanted to say thank you for keeping this up! You have some big fans out there.

John G Munson departed Duluth 11/05/2019

John G Munson departed Duluth after unloading limestone.

Miedwie arrived Duluth 11/05/2019

Miedwie arrived Duluth this morning to load grain.

Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth 11/05/2019

Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth this morning to load coal.

American Mariner departed Duluth 11/05/2019

American Mariner departed Duluth this morning.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Two Harbors Depot Cam Honor Roll

Thank's to all who donated today to the Two Harbors Depot Cam replacement fundraiser.

We raise $1676 which will fully cover the replacement and upgrade.

The camera is ordered, I will program it as soon as it gets here and plan on an installation date before Thanksgiving.

Thanks again,


American Integrity arrived Duluth 11/03/2019

American Integrity arrived Duluth this morning to load coal.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Harborcam and Hillsidecam are now streaming from Youtube

Update: 10/30/2019

Harborcam and Hillsidecam are now streaming from Youtube -- You don't have to go to Youtube to find the cams, they are still right here, embedded into the regular pages.

I have moved Harborcam and Hillside to Youtube, my hope is that the videos will stream better and also give you an ability to quickly scroll back on the timeline to view the past hours in case you missed something.

I plan on moving Bayfront soon and than pausing to see how things work out.

It costs $300/camera per year to stream from Angelcam, the cost to stream from Youtube is a one time license purchase of $300/camera for the life of the camera.

As the cameras come up for subscription renewal over the next year, I will decide which platform is best for that location.

As always, I really appreciate all the support from you guys.


Volgaborg departed Duluth 10/29/2019

Volgaborg departed Duluth loaded with grain.

Happy River departed Duluth 10/29/2019

Happy River departed Duluth this afternoon after unloading wind turbine parts.

Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth 10/28/2019

Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth last night to pick up a load of coal.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Juno arrived Duluth 10/28/2019

Juno arrived Duluth this evening for a load of wheat.

Youtube Camera Stream Evaluation

I have connected the Hillside Cam to our Youtube Channel in order to evaluate it's performance with our current provider.  You can view the new page HERE.    Not sure if it will be better or worse, but, I would appreciate your feedback especially if you are having connection problems.


Camera Streaming Issues

The camera streaming provider is having some issues on their end and should be OK shortly.

Spartan Barge departed Superior 10/28/20190

Spartan Barge departed Superior this morning.

Joseph L Block departed Duluth 10/28/2019

Joseph L Block departed Duluth  this morning.

Salarium arrived Duluth 10/28/2019

Salarium arrived Duluth this morning with a load of salt.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Northern Skies

With the colors of Autumn fading, the end of October is a good time to look up!
October Sunset - Caribou Lake
Northern Lights - Little Caribou Lake

Indiana Harbor departed Duluth 10/26/2019

Indiana Harbor departed Duluth loaded with coal.

Happy River arrived Duluth 10/26/2019

Happy River arrived Duluth this morning loaded with wind turbine tower sections.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Paul R Tegurtha departed Duluth 10/24/2019

Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth this afternoon with more than 60,000 tons of coal, enough to power 25,000 homes for a year.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Mesabi Miner departed Duluth 10/23/19

Mesabi Miner departed Duluth this afternoon loaded with coal.

James R Barker departed Duluth 10/23/2019

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

1000 ft Lakers in Review as they pass through the Duluth Shipping Canal

Thirteen 1000 ft Lakers were built in the late 70's and early 80's to  efficiently transport ore and coal across the Great Lakes.

At one time or another all of these boats have visited Duluth to load the raw material to generate the power and make the steel that America needs.

This 3 minute video is a compilation of all of these huge vessels as they entered the Duluth Shipping Canal at one time or another.

1000ft Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth 10/23/2019

 Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth early this morning to load coal.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Storm Surge - Silver Bay Marina

The Silver Bay Marina on the North Shore of Lake Superior is a tranquil marina - "most of the time" and fantastic place to watch storms the rest of the time.

Big Winds and Big Waves in Canal Park

This storm may go down as one of the top storms in the past years.

Park Point - the other side of the Lift Bridge is now closed to non-residence.

Wind and Waves - Inn on Lake Superior 1-/21/2019

One of the best cams for watching the waves at Canal Park is the Inn on Lake Superior Cam

A Gale in Your Sails - Sailboat makes Safe Harbor in Superior 10/21/2019

A sailboat riding the leading edge of a Lake Superior storm makes safe harbor through the Superior Entry. Winds in excess of 50 MPH and heavy rain soon followed.

Stormy entry for Michipicoten arriving Superior 10/21/2019

Michipicoten arrived Superior in heavy seas this morning.

The Big Boys are Taking Shelter from the Gales on Lake Superior

With gale brewing up on Lake Superior, boats are taking shelter where they can find it.
Here, the 1000ft James R Barker is hiding out behind Madaline Island in the Apostle.
The photo is taken from the Madaline Island Webcam
James R Barker shelter behind Madaline Island -- Madaline Island webcam

Marine Traffic AIS location of the Barker