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The purpose of this website is to give you a true "Hillside View"  of the Aerial Lift Bridge and the Duluth Harbor. This is a companion site to my photography website: Northern Images (northernimages.com) which is dedicated to photography of the Duluth area and Western Lake Superior.

Growing up in Duluth, the love of Lake Superior and the harbor is comes natural. The nautical heritage of the "Head of the Lakes" grows on you and the need for a "Lake Superior" fix never goes away.  I use these cameras every day to check the boat traffic, weather, and sunrises. It is my window to the view that I love most.

The best part about this website is that I can share this view with you,  especially those of you who have that same love for the lake and harbor that I do.  I consider myself very blessed to be able to operate this website and to enjoy the view whenever I like.  I hope you enjoy the view as much as I do.

email - Dennis O'Hara 
Photography website: Northern Images Photography








49 comments:

  1. The helicopter shots are great ! What is the dock just inside the harbor on the right that some of the boats stop at, before going further inside and around the corner to the right, out of sight?

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  2. The dock that some of the boats stop at upon arrival is a marine fueling station where they get their fuel tanks topped off.

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  3. You should enter this. You're probably one of the finest photographers out there. Just great stuff! Thanks.....

    Call for entries, Duluth Seaway Port Authority 2012 calendar

    7/21 - The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is seeking a striking photo, painting or illustration to feature on its 2012 wall calendar. We’re looking for captivating images of vessels or vistas that highlight the working Port of Duluth-Superior – salties or lakers moving cargo in any season – from unique perspectives that tell a story at a single glance.

    The winning image will be featured prominently on over 10,000 calendars, distributed locally and around the world. A prize of $250 will be awarded. Photographs, paintings and/or illustrations are eligible for consideration. You may submit up to three hi-res images on a CD/DVD. Entries must be received by August 31, 2011.

    Please label your images and your disc with titles and your name. Due to file sizes, do NOT send images via email; they will not be considered. Winning image will be printed approx. 19” w x 14” h on a calendar measuring 22” w x 34” h.

    All photos/artwork must be original in design and execution – taken/created within the past two years and not published elsewhere prior to submission.

    The Port Authority will want exclusive rights to the winning image until Dec. 31, 2012. Submit entries to Adele Yorde, PR Manager, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, 1200 Port Terminal Drive, Duluth, MN 55802

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  4. at one time there was a narrated "history of the harbor" here...where did it go?

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  5. Holly,
    The Harbor Histpry presentation is now listed under Links--I just put it back on for you!
    Dennis

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  6. Is it possible to have a camera placed at the other entrance/exit to the harbor also?

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  7. The question of a camera at the Superior Entry has come up before and I am checking into the possibility. That would be a great addition, but, we'll see how it goes.

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  8. Is there a plat of the harbor with all docks and shipyards marked? I would also like to see more St Louis harbor activities, I love seeing the Big Boys come and go

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  9. You might try contacting the Seaway Port Authority to see if they have any maps available.

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  10. You can go to http://www.duluthport.com/ enter the Duluth port.Then go to port facilities map. Everything is mapped out and marked.

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  11. Wow really this is a nice website and give us true hillside view.

    Port Authority

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  12. Your photos and video are amazing! I was in duluth this weekend for the first time in 20yrs. I was so captivated by the area and ships coming in! Thank you so much for your site ! I plan on coming back soon!

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  13. Is there a problem? I haven't been able to get the live cameras for a couple days. Just curious, haven't had a problem sine they came on....

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  14. All cameras are operating normal. Please try resetting your PC.

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  15. As a resident of Central WI and having endured the recent cold bout, I am amazed that the harbor is still open. Please Lord protect the brave sailors on the inland lakes boats. I was privileged to tour the harbor several years ago after retiring from a long career in logistics.

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  16. I am amazed that the harbor is open as of 1/11!

    As a retiree of the logistics industry I was fortunate to tour the harbor a number of years ago, during summertime weather conditions.

    Please Lord protect the brave sailors working under these winter conditions.

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  17. I grew up in Duluth and lived on the central hillside on Skyline Drive and as a kid I did not appreciate the spectacular view, but I sure do now and I really enjoy this website. Thank you.

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  18. Hi Dennis,The new camera looks good..Thanks for putting it in service.I hope we don't lose the web cam that's aimed at the Fuel Dock.We like to watch ships coming into the fuel dock.Since you have made some changes I cant find the webcam that shows the fuel dock. Thank you

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  19. OK---I placed a thumbnail link to the camera on the sidebar now. Hope it helps.

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  20. I grew up in Duluth & I really enjoy the website it bring back a lot of memories. Thank you, Dennis.

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  21. I love watching this. It's great! I get to see the boats in my home. Hehe.

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  22. Dennis your website, and the streaming video of the canal is outstanding. Great work. You've got an epic eye dude!

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  23. You haven't updated your cover photo since before all the ice was out. Would be nice to see something new

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  24. I opened the site this morning just in time to see the CSL Assiniboine backing out of the canal. Did you get footage of that? It sure was strange and unusual to see.

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  25. Yes, I will post the video later today. Although it is unusual to see a boat back out, it does occasionally happen if the current is slow and the captain doesn't want to bother turning around. The Assiniboine moved over to the Superior Entry.

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  26. I know this is a Duluth website, BUT ... can a camera be setup to see the boats going in and out of the Superior entrance?

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  27. Hi, I have often thought about that and it may be possible in the future.
    Right now, it is too remote and susceptible to to vandalism to give it a try.
    Hopefully someday - that would really bee cool.

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  28. Thanks for your consideration. There seems to be a fenced in area over by looking at google images, but it is hard to tell what that is. Someday would be great.

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  29. This morning I was watching the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center stream 1 camera as the Algoma Progress approached the ship canal piers. She then whistled Danger (5 short blasts) and stopped for a few minutes before continuing through the canal at a reduced pace. I don't know what happened, but it's the first time I've seen this.

    Dennis, thanks for giving me the ability to watch the harbor activity when I'm not on vacation, I really enjoy this site!

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  30. Yes, interesting. There happened to be a pleasure craft crossing the other end of the canal at the same time the captain sounded the horn, perhaps the captain became concerned that the cruiser was going to try and beat the Progress through the canal.

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  31. Dennis, what has happened ?? Did she loose power or did she attempt to pick up a passenger ?? Looks serious..

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  32. Any chance of having the microphone on the visitor center cam moved closer to the speaker over which the arriving ships are announced? It would be more interesting to hear about the vessels than to just listening to the wind blow. Thanks from a faithful watcher.

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  33. I increased the microphone gain -- we'll see if that helps.

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  34. The increased microphone gain helped very little. It also increased the wind and ship noise.

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  35. Found your site after visiting Duluth in August. Enjoyed the city and the tour of USCGC Alder. Saw one of the 1000 footers go out and enjoyed the museum. Duluth is a nice place with plenty of good family restaurants and lots to do. Thanks for letting me keep up with my vacation via your port cameras. Great job. Tommy

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  36. Have you ever considered permanently turning the aquarium cam towards the fueling dock. This would give us complete coverage of a ship leaving the port. I'm not sure why we need two views of the bridge from the harbor. I am enjoying the new 'live' cams. Great job!

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  37. Good point -- I will be making more changes soon.

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  38. Thanks for acting so quickly on my suggestion to turn a camera toward the fuel dock. However, I was thinking of the other bridge cam. The one you turned had the straight out view thru the bridge and into the lake, which provided an excellent view of oncoming ships. I'm sure everyone will enjoy all the live action. Thanks for all your work.

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  39. Was just wondering what the guys are doing on the Ice near the dock where the Alder sits anyone have any info?

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  40. Harbor cam doesn't work (guess its just too cold today) By the way
    I love this site . I grew up in superior and now reside in ohio so this area was once my playground .

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  41. I will see if I can kickstart it. The Harborcam will be the next camera upgraded.

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  42. I have visited this site a few times recently after finding it via a friend of mine. Thanks for all that you do.
    I have noticed the Marine Radio traffic icon on the first page, but have failed to be able to hear anything come across that link. I have looked at this at a number of different times, including when there is boat traffic. Is there something that needs to be done to receive this radio traffic?

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  43. I sure enjoy your site and check in every day and am always happy when I catch a ship going through. I live in southwest New Mexico and when I think it's cold here all I have to do is visit your cams for a reality check.
    Just a question: Why has the Mamry been at anchor for days just outside the harbor?

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  44. Hi Anonymous-- the Mamry is waiting it's turn to load grain. Sometimes salties may have to wait a week or more for their turn at the grain they came for.

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  45. We were in Duluth for the opening of Bentleyvillle and I am using your beautiful photo of it as my background during this holiday season. I may have to switch to your stunning photo of the full moon behind Splitrock Lighthouse now though. I can't wait to see what you capture tonight! Thank you for all you to do maintain this website and give those of us who don't live in Duluth access to the beautiful scenery and the excitement of the ships as they come and go!

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  46. Love the new live Harbor cam and the angle you set. I'm now waiting for the next salt ship to watch it pull in and unload. Thanks for all your work.

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  47. Just took the bridge quiz and learned a lot! However, the bridge takes at least 2 minutes to fully raise, but the quiz does not offer that as an answer. Also, since it only takes two minutes, why does the bridge go up so far in advance of a ship getting near? Is it a safety issue? It seems like the vehicle traffic has to wait a very long time. Thanks

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  48. If you pick the closest answer --- that's fine.
    The bridge lifts early in order to provide plenty of time for boats to maneuver clear if something goes wrong, such as a power outage.

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