Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saginaw arrived Duluth 3/28/2020

Saginaw arrived Duluth this morning to load iron pellets.

Superior Sunrise (timelapse) 03/28/2020

Sometimes the simple beauty of a "Superior" sunrise can be a reminder that some things never change and hope is on the horizon.

New Lift Bridge Lights! - by Paul Scinocca

Paul - Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge giving their new LED lighting a tryout this Friday evening. Good night Duluth!

View more of Paul's wonderful harbor images on his Facebook Page.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth 03/24/2020

1000 ft Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth this afternoon loaded with iron pellets.

Hon James L Oberstar departed Duluth 03/23/2020

Hon James L Oberstar departed last evening to be the first boat through the Duluth Canal and to open the 2020 shipping season. The Burns Harbor had previously departed the Wisconsin Entry.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Iceout - Canal Park Duluth - 03/11/2020

With the ice cover in the Duluth Harbor breaking up rapidly, the canal is a great place to watch Spring arrive. You will also see an example of the Lake Superior Seiche as the ice flow reverses and than resumes it's flow.
You can read more about the seiche here:

Wakeup Duluth - Sunrise 03/11/2020

Timelapse Sunrise view from the harborcams!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

CGC Alder by: David Schauer

David Schauer - Ice breaking operations have commenced in the Twin Ports with the USCGC Alder (WLB-216) making passes through the Duluth-Superior harbor.

CGC Alder 03/10/2020

The CGC Alder ventured out for it's first ice breaking mission of the 2020 season.

CGC Alder

CGC Alder will be out in the harbor today breaking ice starting at 09:00.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Full Moon tonight at 19:12

The March Super Moon tonight in Canal Park!

Jeffery and Amelia are back in town

Hi folks, Amelia and myself are back from down south and we are waiting for the snow cover to melt on our favorite nesting island.
How do I look -- I think I am better looking than ever and Amelia is still so beautiful. Those Cajun fries do wonders for you waistline.
I guess the Cutter will be out tomorrow stirring up some bottom fish for us early arrivals -- See you around the harbor. -- Jeffery

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Ice breaking operations begins this week!

On schedule, The CGC Alder will be going out this week to begin opening the shipping channels.
More info will be coming soon!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

March 6 | Duluth

March 6 | Duluth
Get your boatnerd questions ready! The Lake Superior Maritime Museum Association will host a Q & A session with Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Sara, who will answer questions on shipping, nature and more. The event takes place from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the Maritime Visitors Center, located at 600 Canal Park Drive.

Friday, February 28, 2020

First "Saltie" Contest now open!

Visit Duluth has now begun taking predictions for when the first ocean going vessel will arrive beneath the Duluth Arial Lift Bridge in 2020.   Go to the first saltie contest page at and take your best guess!
Happy River - 2019

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Boat Cards available!

Last year I put together some Boat Trading Cards as boats came and went through the harbor.
If you would like to collect these, I have uploaded them to a gallery on my photography website for you to freely download if you like.

I will continue to make these up as time permits in 2020.


There is also a link to the Boat Cards on the Right Menu. Once in the gallery, just "Right Click" and "Save As" for each card. There is also a download button to download the entire gallery in a zip file.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

US Navy selects Superior's Lake Assault to build up to 119 boats

The contract could last up to five years and will be worth up to $56 million.

Lake Assault Boats, a Superior-based manufacturer of patrol, rescue and fire boats, has been chosen to build up to 119 Force Protection Patrol, or FP-M, boats for the U.S. Navy.
Read more of the story in the Duluth News Tribune.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020

February "Bridge" Moon

Sometimes called the "Snow" Moon, clear skies made for a beautiful scene over the harbor last night.
A closer look!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

Tall Ships 2019-Revisited

With warmer days ahead, the Tall Ships festival of 2019 is a good reminder of summer in Duluth.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Reflections on February! Just Passing Time!

Passing clouds created some rather interesting reflections today on the harbor. With temps in the 40's today, can Spring be far behind?

Friday, January 31, 2020

Two Harbors Winter Fishing 1/31/2020

Apparently the word has gotten out about the January good fishing on Lake Superior from the Two Harbors Boat Launch.

One year ago, the harbor was filled with ice fishing shelters.
Two Harbors Ice Fishing - 2/10/2019

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Lakers on Ice!

Lee A Tregurtha and Hon James L Oberstar sit ice locked while a lot of maintenance is being done over the next six weeks of winter layup.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Bentleyville Christmas Tree removal 01/25/2020

The steel frame of the 17 ton, 12 story, Bentleyville Christmas Tree was taken down in a hour on Saturday morning by skilled iron-workers.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Two Harbors Fishermen 01/27/2020

Typically this time of year there are plenty of ice houses on Two Harbors Bay, however, when you cannot walk on the frozen water, you can still us your boat.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Update on Two Harbors Cams

1/20/2020 - 10:00 - Two Harbors Cams back up

There appears to be an internet outage at the train depot where both comers connect to the internet.  There is no staff at the building today, so, it looks like Monday before we can get things going.

Sorry, but, I didn't want to break in!


Boat Layup Locations!

At Fraser Shipyards (Superior)
John J. Boland
Honorable James L. Oberstar
Lee A. Tregurtha

At Midwest Energy Resources Co. (Superior)
Paul R. Tregurtha

At Hansen-Mueller Co.'s Elevator M (Superior)
Burns Harbor

At Enbridge Terminal (Superior)
American Spirit

Golden Hour - Sunrise Timelapse 01/20/2020

In case you missed it. sometimes a simple sunrise puts thing into perspective very quickly.
With a warm week ahead and Spring right around the corner, can the boats be far behind!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

American Spirit and Burns Harbor arrived Superior 1/16/2020

American Spirit and Burns Harbor arrived Superior this morning to wrap up the shipping season for the Twin Ports.
American Spirit

Burns Harbor

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Dave posted this beautiful image of the Oberstar coming in yesterday.

Dave - Interlake's Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived today in a sea of ice for winter layup at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Assist from tugs Missouri and North Carolina. American Spirit and Burns Harbor are next for Superior to end the shipping season. 1/14/2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

End of Season 2019 Update!

With the arrival of the Hon James L Oberstar this morning the 2019 Shipping Season in Duluth has come to an end.
There will be two more boats arriving tomorrow in Superior.

I hope the Harbor Cams have provided a window to the Northland for you to view boats, weather, and people throughout the year.

Shipping will begin again in about 8 weeks.  All of the cameras will continue to operate during the off season so we can watch the ever changing sunrises and weather.

I will be working on some improvements to the internet services and other networking structures during the off season.

2020 Look Ahead
Projects -
1.Upgrade the network at Harbor Hub
2. Make network improvement at the Marine Museum and possibly upgrade the Canal Cam and use the existing Canal Cam to replace the Bridge Cam.
3. Continue to evaluate Youtube Streaming compared to Angelcam.

The cameras have taken a beating this year and I am very pleased with their performance. There will always be issues to fix, but, I very much enjoy doing this service.

Many thanks to all the viewers and supports throughout the season who have been so generous in support of the cams.

Have a wonderful winter season!


Hon James L Oberstar arrived Duluth 01/14/2020

Hon James L Oberstar arrived Duluth this morning to end the 2019 shipping season in Duluth. Two more boats will arrive Superior tomorrow.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Thursday, January 9, 2020