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Over the past 10 years, I have received  thousands of kind, appreciative and encouraging remarks about the harborcams and I so appreciate them, in fact your support has been a big part of the continued operation of this site.

I would like to archive different testimonies of folk who watch the harborcams and what this "window to the world" means to you.

Please post in the comments on this page a brief statement of how the harborcams are useful to you and what you use them for.

Thanks,
Den

58 comments:

  1. I started this site in 2006 with one camera to be able to watch the boats. Now I find myself watching weather, gulls, people and boat, but most of all enjoy sharing "Duluth Live" with the world. The cams are part of my life.
    Regards, Dennis O'Hara - Duluth Photographer

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    1. Thank you so much Dennis for the web cams, I just wish I cold afford to send a donation once in a while. I get into this web site every day. I was born & raised in Duluth & a lot of my relatives are gone now so I don't get up there. Thanks again.

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    2. Theresa Jensen-HendricksOctober 5, 2016 at 10:27 AM

      Hello folks, I am from Baraboo WI, and have started boat watching last year. I now have my father watching as well. He is not very skilled in computer use, so I set up his pages in a simple way and he will check the cameras every day as I do for the ships and weather. When I see a ship coming in on the AIS I will call him and tell him so he can watch them come in. It is a new subject for conversation for us. We are both scared to death of big water especially the lakes and have to give a nod to the crews for doing the job, and to you Dennis for giving us a daily glimpse of places we would not have seen otherwise.

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  2. Bob Woodbury, Winslow, MEOctober 4, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    My first visit to Duluth was in 1959 during the celebration of the opening of the St Lawrence Seaway, at which time my now wife picked up a sailor from the USS Forrest B Royal DD-872. We were married the following year and have visited Duluth from Maine every year since, save two. It is our second and beloved home. Your web site, and others, provides us with cherished visits between actual visits. We usually get your weather two days later. We visit your web site daily and as I have indicated in the past, wonder at your devotion to these cameras. It is greatly appreciated.

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  3. Watching from Michigan,really enjoy your webcams, and boat watching, its like being there, without the 550 mile drive!

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  4. My husband and I live in Eagan MN, and often stream the Canal Cam at dinner so " we can eat by the Lake." There is just something about the water that soothes the soul. Since we can't be there in person, this is the next best thing. THANK YOU Dennis. Words will never be able to express how much we appreciate your love of the Lake and Duluth, and the fact that you share that with all of us....your kindness is such a bright light!
    ~Sara & Todd Johnson

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  5. I'll bet quite a few people have visited Duluth for the first time because of your cams. Although my husband's folks lived in Superior my main interest in Duluth was due to your cams. Casna

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  6. I grew up on the North Shore and have always loved Lake Superior and the boats. I now live in CA, but get back to MN at least once a year and never miss a chance to go down to the Duluth Ship Canal. I love watching the Duluth Harbor Cameras from afar. Thanks for all your hard work.

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  7. Thanks Den for all the work you put in so we can watch the boats from where ever we are. CP closed the BC Cobb energy plant in Muskegon in the spring of this so we get no more 1000fts here. I check your site at least a half dozen times a day just to watch the long boats come and go. Also love your wild life and sun rise shots. My yearly donation will be forthcoming Matt B. Muskegon MI

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  8. Last year when my wife and I planned a vacation to Duluth I found this website and started looking at it daily.We spent a week in Duluth in April/May of 2015 and I have since that time checked the cameras at least once a day if not more.

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  9. Love it. First online stop each morning. Love to visit Duluth and this site brings Duluth to me at other times. Thank you!!!

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  10. Your cameras are a bridge between my visits to Duluth Den. I appreciate them every day as the boats, sky colors and weather pass before my eyes even though I'm in Minneapolis. Thanks for all your work! Paul A

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  11. Morning coffee and Duluth Harbor Cam. Can't get any better than that. From the center of Mn.

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  12. From the time I was a kid, our family spent summers on the south shore of Superior, halfway between Marquette and Munising. I’d go with Grandpa and Dad to watch the SS South American sail into Munising each week, and on the infrequent trips to Marquette, we always swung past Upper Harbor to see if any of the “big boys” were in. Dennis, to find your site was like getting a link back to being a kid. I check in at least four times a day during the shipping season, and daily during the two months of downtime. Lake Superior is such a part of me that I feel like I am right on the breakwater during storms or on soft summer evenings. Two years ago a friend and I made the trip to Duluth and stayed at South Pier Inn. I cannot tell you the feelings I had to be sitting on the balcony at about midnight, looking over the harbor, and have the Paul Tregurtha suddenly – and ever so quietly – slip into the harbor. I still get goosebumps! And there is also no way to put in words how much we appreciate your devotion to this site, Dennis. The work you do in archiving videos, setting some to music, and generally making Duluth a virtual destination for so many of us. Your sunrise shots alone should win prizes. Thank you again and again for your work which is, I suspect, a labor of love. Judy K. La Crosse, Wisconsin/Yooper by Heart

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  13. Dennis, is the "Boat Schedule" portion down or gone for good? Judy in LAX

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  14. Hi, There is a link to the boat schedules on the top menu bar.

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  15. Mary Ann and Bob, Richfield, MNOctober 8, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Bob and I have been trekking to Duluth each summer for over 20 years so obviously it is one of our favorite places. When the web cam first came on line we were thrilled. It is my happy place to go - and I am certain I do it several times a day. So, when this opportunity came up to help fund the cameras, we felt it was an appropriate way to express our thanks to you for all the great work you do in bringing the beauty and pictures of Duluth to us.

    Also, every once in a while I peek at your Northern Images - magnificent. Thank you for providing a wonderful place to go - right from the comfort of home.

    And we make sure friends and relatives know about the site. We also support the LSMM (Lake Superior Marine Museum with our membership.

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  16. I lived in Duluth for 1 glorious year as a child, it was magical. Although I don't get to visit Duluth as often as I would like, the webcams make me feel like I am there. I would LOVE to move back, wicked Winter and all :)

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  17. As a child growing up in Duluth, I loved visiting my grandparents who lived out in Lakeside. If we saw a boat coming in we would jump in the car, race down to the Canal and watch it come in. In those days with not so much traffic, there was plenty of time. To wave at the men on the boats was just something special. It's too bad that no one does that any more. Living in Arizona now, your web cams are my first stop on the computer every morning. It's like being home! When I visit family in Duluth now, the Canal is my first stop. "Coney's are the second! Thank you, thank you!

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  18. I first discovered Duluth when I was 15. My brothers future wife and family were from there. We went up there from Minneapolis to meet them. My future sister-in-laws uncle owned an extra home down by the lake. My family stayed there. I would lay in bed and hear the fog horn. I loved it. I have been coming back to Duluth ever since. My dream would be to live there. I check the cameras every day. Dennis, your website is the first and last place I go every day. I cannot tell you how much your website means to me. When I take my lunch at work, I escape to Duluth. When I am having a bad day, I escape to Duluth. Your website is the best thing on the internet! Thank you so very much for all that you do to bring Duluth to those of us who can't be there.

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  19. From Stillwater Township, MN, we view the harbor cams several times each day, beginning each morning with 'Boat Locations' and on to the 'Canal Cam' to see what the weather is on the Lake. Based on the shipping schedule, we view the cams several more times during the day, before one final look before retiring for the night. Viewing the harbor cams is the next best thing to being in Duluth, and the Lake. Thank you, Den, for your time--maintaining the cams, posting the arrivals and departures, and best of all, your photos. You are truly gifted.

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  20. Hi Den!
    The Pier B cam seems a bit "herky jerky" compared to the smooth stream from the canal and bridge cams. Is that one working with a different bandwidth? Thx

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  21. I am surprised at how often the bridge has not been responding to the captains salute. I love hearing the horn's of the ship to bridge. Is it the new bridge operator? Still love the site.

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  22. i don't see the thumbnails for each of the cameras...did you change the format?

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  23. Yes, thumbnails are gone for now. There are some formatting issues that I am working on. THanks

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  24. screwed again, cameras were easily accessible until the thumbnails disappeared, now I cannot access any of them, what happened?

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  25. Camera's are still all accessible on the Camera's links.

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  26. Okay, now I can get them, when the Philip R Clark went out I couldn't get on any of the cams, much relieved!

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  27. Den,
    We love this website, it is usually the first thing we open when we turn on the computer! We have been coming to Duluth from SE Nebraska, for at least 12 years since our daughter, who now lives in Minneapolis, first took us to Split Rock Lighthouse. Last year we got to watch two ships come into and out of Two Harbors. That was so to fun to see those ship captains maneuver those huge ships. We think a camera at Two Harbors would be a great addition to an already great website.














    Den, We love this site. We have been coming to Duluth every summer, from SE Nebraska, for more than 10 years since our daughter, who now lives in Minneapolis, took us to Split Rock. This website is a must every time we open the computer. Thank you so much for all you do to keep it going! We would love it if you could get a camera at Two Harbors. We got to watch two ships come into and out of that harbor and it was so much fun to see those captains maneuver those huge ships. It would be a great addition to an already great site!




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    1. is there a more limited view on the canal cam? we used to see more of the Bayfield...

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  28. Why is it so hard to for this site to load lately if it loads at all. Keep getting messages of site not responding and can not load due to a large script running. Any suggestions?

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  29. Please try some of the suggestions on the troubleshooting page.

    http://www.duluthharborcam.com/p/camera-streaming-help-page.html

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  30. was just wondering what has happened to the bulk carrier Mesabi Miner? I found it by door county for the past few days and not moving even if it says it is, just wondering thanks

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    1. According to boatnerd.com layup list for 2016-2017 Mesabi Miner is at BayShip in Sturgeon Bay 4 Dec 2016. Casna

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  31. Boatlocation will not work on my android phone anymore

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  32. Has the lift bridge ever been closed due to high waves hitting the deck?
    Awesome site! My house, my parents, aunts, we all watch!

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  33. Just wondering if that was you out along the pier in a blue coat taking pictures of the ice flow out the canal at 7:49 this morning ? (26th)

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  34. No, I wasn't out enjoying the weather this morning at the canal. Nice day though!!!

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  35. After moving to Texas from the Twin Cities, it is always nice to see my hometown live. I used to drive to Canal Park when the storms rolled in. I took many women on dates who were not from the area and they absolutely loved the hills, lake and history. Thanks for keeping this website alive.

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  36. Hey Dennis! First of all, thanks so much for hosting this site! Duluth and the North Shore has been a special place for me and my family for all my life, and you allow me to take mini-mental-vacations every day while I'm at work. I have noticed that the Pier B still images (http://northernimages.us/cameras/pierb/pierb1024.jpg) haven't been updating like they should. I would really appreciate it if you could look into it. Thanks in advance, and thanks for this awesome website!

    -Will

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  37. Thanks for the heads up on Pier B Will. Should be OK now!

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  38. Curious as to why Two Harbors seems to be getting most of the shipping action these days, and not much going on in Duluth. Any ideas?

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  39. With ice forming quickly in the Duluth Harbor, it is much easier to access Two Harbors.

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    1. Thank you Dennis! I wondered if that was the reason.

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  40. Bob and Mary Ann, RichfieldDecember 31, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Hi Dennis: We want to wish you a Happy New Year. Thank you for the great images and updating you did in 2016. You keep making this place better and more magical.

    We tend to be the "warm" weather Duluth visitors; however we take delight in viewing the beauty and power that happen in the cold weather.

    We wish you a 2017 that is joyful and prosperous; with few challenges and many blessings.

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  41. Any thoughts on putting a camera at Two Harbors?

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  42. It is a possibility for 2017! We may have to have another fundraiser though.

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  43. I have a question...where do the seagulls hang out when the lake and the bay are covered by ice? I grew up on Park Point so I should know the answer, but I don't.
    Thanks, Dennis for this wonderful website - my favorite, by far.

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  44. Most of the seagulls migrate for the winter -- the birds you see now are small buffalo heads and some mallards who tough it out in the open waters of the canal. Spring is just a few weeks away now:-)

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  45. Love your site but my 3mps down and 1.5 up Internet connection takes forever to load home page. Possible to trim it down a bit for faster load, then go to videos and cameras?

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  46. Hi, I cut the number of posts that appear on loading from 10 to 4 -- see if your page loads faster now!

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  47. How do you UNSUBSCRIBE from this forum? This site keeps sending me notices of new posts and then locks up my computer!!

    I used to love coming here to view the ships and harbor for several years but something has happened to this site that will not allow it to load and it locks-up my computer. Sorry but it is time to drop this site!!

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  48. Hi Scott,
    Sorry the site isn't working for you. To the best of my knowledge, there is no membership or sign-up list. You can try these methods to try and get it working -- http://www.duluthharborcam.com/p/camera-streaming-help-page.html

    I will keep looking for some kind of list - I use Blogger -- that's it.

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  49. Hello Dennis...
    The Detailed Marine Traffic Map Looks Good!
    Thank You Dennis...
    ___Mike B. ___Mahtomedi, Mn___

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  50. just wondering if the cameras will stay on after the season ends? let us all know if you start a fundraiser for cameras at two harbors or superior point

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  51. Hi. I will keep the cameras running as best I can during the next 8 weeks to keep watching the weather and sunrises.
    Two Harbors Cam looks like a good possibility. It will take a fundraiser once we have more info.

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    1. thanks, will keep watching

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  52. Would it be possible to wrap-up this years shipping season with fly-overs (drone) of the ships in Winter docks? Also a fly over of the ship that was / is being disassembled / recycled in the savage yard - the one that was a light (off-white) color.

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