Ask Jeffery!!!

Jeffery the Gull!

I am Jeffery the gull and will be taking over for the other Jeffery the gull this winter,  I am his little brother and happen to be much smarter, braver and skilled.   Winters don't bother me and you will see me all over the place.  I have been hanging around the harbor also all my life, so, I know a lot about everything.  If you have a question, just ask, and I'll answer if I can and if I can't, I'll make something up anyway.

Leave your questions in the comments section below and I will get back to you.
Jeff!


38 comments:

  1. What happened to the pedal cars in Canal Park this year? No sign of them since last year.

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    1. The pedal cars may not be back for awhile as the Lakewalk is damaged due to storms.

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    2. Ahh, didn't think about that. Just saw something about the damage but didn't think about the cars. Thanks Dennis! Keep up the good work with the cams! Really enjoy watching the big boats. And the pleasure craft people at Two Harbors! Wouldn't mind visiting THB some day.

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  2. Jeff, can you please tell me the name of the boat, part of which we can see on the left side of the GLA cam? I was thinking it might be the Ranger III, but the lady of the Visitor Center told us they were going to Frazer Shipyard?
    Sylvia

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  3. Hi Jeffrey:
    Where do you hole up when the weather is bad?

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  4. Jeffrey aka Jeffrey

    What happened to the RangerIII? I saw her come in a few days ago and now she has disappeared. Checked on some Houghton and Isle Royal cams and she is no where to be found.

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  5. Did the Wisconsin Point entry have a fog horn? We visited my in laws in Superior (East End) back in the 70s-90s but can't remember. I do remember the foghorn in Duluth and when it went silent. Did the foghorn keep the gulls awake at night?

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  6. Hi I watch the ships come and go from your awesome port from Montana. Some of the docks they pull up along side I can tell what they are there for but there is a spot that sometimes they pull up to and sometimes not that I cant tell what it is they do or receive or drop there. From the Harbor cam it is right along the right hand docks just before they turn and go down the harbor and under the bridge..... They seem to pull up there and maybe get some supplies? But from looking at Google Earth I cant make out what it would be that they do there. They will pull up there for a while and then pull out into the channel and back down toward the bridge and the other spots where they load up. Can you help me out with that?? Thank You

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    1. The main dock that you see many ships pull up to is the Calumet Fueling. Other harbor locations can be found on this map.
      http://www.duluthharborcam.com/p/large-boat-destinations.html

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    2. Thank You........ I wondered about that. I figured they must stop and fuel up and get supplies somewhere along the way.... maybe some one just jumps in their car and runs to the market for food?? Maybe more like their pickup?? Thanks again

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  7. Is there a reason why many ships do not sound their horn when departing?

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    1. Often ships do not sound in the nighttime hours out of courtesy to those trying to sleep. It is really up to the captain.

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  8. HI I Hope you have had a great Thanksgiving weekend. I am in Montana and love to watch the ships and the Harbor. I watched this evening as the Roger Blough came all the way down as if it going to go into the port at the Wisconsin Point entrance..... right before she came in her spot lights went on and then she turned off... made a large loop and came in through the canal and bridge... but when I checked in on her she went right back down to the Wisconsin Point entrance where she pulled into load at her normal place. My question is why she would go all the way to the entrance then turn around and go all the way around and back down?? There didnt seem to be any other vessels coming or going that would have been in the way?? Thank You

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    1. Perhaps they wanted to enjoy blowing his horn at the people at the canal. I guess we will never know.

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  9. My husband and I have been watching the ships at Duluth for over 50 years. It really is a great addiction. Your cameras allow us to experience the canal and the ships all year long until it our time to visit Duluth again. From the rural Kendall County township of Big Grove.

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  10. Hi Jeffery, I noticed a huge invasion of birds. They are everywhere, I can see them on the Canal Cam, the GLA Cam and the Pier B Cam. What birds are these? Ducks, geese, mergansers or something else? Can you please fill me in?
    Sylvia

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    1. Last of the migration --- it's getting cold up north!

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  11. Why the digging North of grain silos and train circle ? Large piles of dirt are viewed on harbor cam . thanks and these cams are TOPS !!

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  12. What is taking place on the hllside camera? I am seeing 2 boats out by the Polsteam ship.

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  13. Whats going on on the Hillside Camera? I a, seeing 2 boats out by the Polstea, ship.

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    1. The large boat at the Narew was probably marine inspectors, the smaller Pilot boat (Sea Bear) will bring some supplies and drop off a port captain when needed.

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  14. Hello I live in Montana and as I watch the Bridge and
    Canal cams I see flow in and out of the harbor through the canal. I am wondering if the lakes are large enough that they are affected by tides like the ocean?? Maybe on a smaller level?? It is the only reason I can think of that would make flow in and out of the harbor..... and it is much more obvious with the ice in the water. Thanks much and I hope everyone has a Great Christmas Season

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    1. The movement is created by what they call a seiche. While not really a tide, since it is caused more by pressure gradients, it does act like a tide. Here is more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seiche

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  15. I see that many of the cargo ships that are said to be going into Two Harbors come all the way down just outside the Canal and Bridge at the Duluth Harbor. Is this because of weather and surface conditions on the Lake? Is it easier for them to just sit and wait closer to the end of the lake where there is land mass on three sides or are there other reasons??
    Thanks and Happy New Year!!

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  16. Watching the harbor cam this morning and I noticed smoke/steam coming from the old pilot house near the salt dock, is this used for an office of sorts or something?

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    1. Probably just sea smoke.-- the old pilothouse is abandoned and empty.

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    2. thats odd because even today (wed) it looks even more noticable, and it sure looks like its coming out of a chimney of sorts, thanks for the reply

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  17. Hi Dennis I asked on the 29th of December about the ships accumulating around just outside the Duluth Harbor that are scheduled to go into Two Harbors. I wondered why they do this? Why they dont wait closer to the Two Harbors location?? Is it weather or surface related or more traffic related??? It looked like my question might have gotten missed so I am re asking. Thank you and Happy New Year

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  18. With ice accumulating in the harbor, everything slows down. When it gets extremely cold, loading equipment slows and breaks, so the boats must wait. They anchor near Duluth to shelter from icy north winds.

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    1. So when does it all come to a stop completely? I got interested and started watching this traffic this year in the spring so I dont really know when they have to stop for the season. I really appreciate your answers to our questions....... living where I do we dont ever see these kinds of things and it is fascination to me. Thanks again

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  19. I see that the Alder will not winter in Duluth. Is there not a need for an ice breaker in the spring?

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  20. Have to call you Jeffery the Penguin now with all that cold up there. One question. Know that a bridge tender not needed during shutdown, but was wondering if they put the bridge through a opening and closing every so often to keep it limbered up and the machinery exercised. Thanks Dennis.

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  21. a few nights ago ( around 7:00 or later) a guy jumped over the wall on the canal cam, how far down is it from top of wall to ice.? He climbed out.

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  22. When can we see the ice breaker ships?

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  23. The ice breakers will be here in a few days!

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