Monday, December 30, 2013

Cold Arrival-- Indiana Harbor 12/30/2013

After getting the ice off the cameras today, the Indiana Harbor unexpectedly to refuel.
I am experimenting with adding some audio to these videos, so let me know what you think.

Camera Status update

Camera Update: 12/30.2013-14:22
Today I was able to clear 1/4 in of clear ice from the LSMMA Cam and Pier B using mixture of hot water, windshield washer fluid and alcohol. This was the only thing that seemed to work in -10F.
Happy New Year!

Camera Update: 12/30/2013 -- 06:00AM  Due to the extreme cold, high of -10F, the ice from Saturday's freezing mist remains on the Canal Park cam and the Pier B cam.  The GLA cam and Pier B cams are currently in automatic shutdown due to the cold.

Since we won't be going above zero until Friday, it might take awhile to get back to normal operation.

The good news is, the days continue to get longer and springtime is right around the corner.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Camera Update

The freezing rain last evening has left a coat of ice on the cameras near the water, the little heaters inside each camera should clear it off today.

Duluth Harbor Traffic for Saturday 12/28/2013

H. Lee White arrived at 04:35
H. Lee White departed at 11:45

Last Saltie - Ursula - aground in the St. Lawrence Seaway - may not make it out before closure

In a desperate attempt to make it out to the ocean before the hard freeze, the Saltie Ursula is aground in the St. Lawrence Seaway and may not make it.
Read the entire story here in the Duluth News Tribune.
Orsula (Marshall Islands)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 12/26/2013

Algoma Olympic departed at 00:15
American Century arrived at 00:40
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 05:30
James R. Barker departed at 08:20
Edgar B. Speer arrived at 11:15
Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 17:40
Manitowoc arrived at 23:30

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Monday 12/23/2013

Algoma Spirit departed at 00:15 Mesabi Miner departed at 04:30 Algoma Olympic arrived at 04:50 Cuyahoga arrived at 11:20 Great Lakes Trader departed at 14:30 James L. Kuber/tug Victory arrived at 21:10 Indiana Harbor arrived at 21:15

Friday, December 20, 2013

Philip R Clarke

Last Saltie Departure

The last ocean freighter of the season departed last evening on a race to beat heavy ice in the Seaway bays and rivers.
It was not unusual in the days of sailing vessels that they would become icebound when early cold arrived, like this year. The sailors would walk to shore and camp until spring.
Orsula (Marshall Islands)

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 12/19/2013

Calumet departed at 06:20
American Century arrived at 16:30
Orsula departed at 19:30

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fire and Ice

For a few minutes this morning, the rising sun cast an incredible crimson glow across the harbor ice.
These images were captured by the GLA cam atop the Great Lakes Aquarium.

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Tuesday 12/17/2013

Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 02:55 Algomarine arrived at 09:35
Indiana Harbor departed at 14:35
Algomarine depart at 18:00
Algomarine arrived at 23:00

Notice that the Algomarine backed out of the canal at 18:00 rather then try and turn 360 degrees in the icy harbor. -- cool

Monday, December 16, 2013

Last Saltie of the year arrives

The arrival of the last Saltie of the year is always a downer of sorts.  The Orsula, arrived late last night and signals the soon end of another great shipping season. The Orsula will depart later in the day on Tuesday in a rush to beat the freeze up of the lakes.
Orsula (Marshall Islands)

Lift Bridge Boat Signals!

There have been a few questions about the boat and bridge signal horns when the boats are entering and leaving the Port of Duluth.

In most cases, once radio communication with the bridge has been established, use of the boat and bridge sound signals are not necessary and operation of the sound signals is left up to the captains.  Often, boats will not use the loud horns after dark as a courtesy to city residents.

So, most often when you hear the customary horn-blowing sequence  of "long-short-short" it is a friendly salute to the Port of Duluth from the ship captain and is responded to by the lift bridge operator with the same sequence.

While the famous sound may be a courtesy, it has long been part of the nautical tradition of this great inland sea port.

General Navigation Signals
There are also some "Rules of the Sea" for mariners that are used world-wide:  
The law prescribes signals for vessels in sight of each other to indicate the intended course of a vessel when necessary for safe navigation.
One short blast (1 second) of the horn or whistle will show an intention to direct course of vessel to own starboard (right).
Two short blasts will show intention to direct course of vessel to own port (left).
Three short blasts will indicate the vessel's engines are going astern (in reverse).
Five or more short and rapid blasts is a danger signal used when the other vessel's intentions are not understood or where the other vessel's indicated course is dangerous.
Prolonged blast (4 to 6 seconds) will indicate situations of restricted visibility. 

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Sunday 12/15/2013

Mesabi Miner arrived at 01:05
Algoma Montrealais departed at 06:25
Orsula arrived at 22:00

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Saturday 12/14/2013

American Century departed at 01:45
Edgar B. Speer arrived at 02:57
Edgar B. Speer departed at 06:41
Algoma Montrealais arrived at 07:40

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Friday 12/13/2013

American Century arrived at 13:50
American Mariner departed at 15:35
CSL Assiniboine arrived at 18:00
Edwin H. Gott departed at 23:30

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bentleyvillle Video

While your waiting for the next boat, please enjoy my latest Bentleyville Video.

Edwin H Gott Arrival

1004 ft Edwin H Gott

Classic Duluth Winter Shipping

When I think of the most beautiful Duluth winter scenes  involving shipping, cold, Lake Superior and sea smoke - this scene is it!

The 1000ft Mesabi Miner entered port this morning coming through the sea smoke on a beautiful winter morning in the Northland.  I hope you enjoy this scene as much as I do!
1000ft Mesabi Miner


Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Wednesday 12/11/12013

Indiana Harbor departed  at 02:10
American Courage departed at 10:20
Algoma Montrealais departed at 16:40
Lee A. Tregurtha arrived at 18:30
Peter R. Cresswell departed at 19:20

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Paul R Tregurtha Departure

1000ft Paul R Tregurtha

Algoma Montrealais -- Last Visit

I was informed by one of the viewers that this is the last visit to Duluth for the Algoma Montrealais before it is sent to the bone-yard. That made it worth a walk out on the old Interstate Bridge this morning in the below zero weather to get a last snapshot of the majestic boat as it was unloading at Holcim Cement.
Algoma Montrealais

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Monday 12/09/2013

Katmai Bay arrived at 16:15
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 17:15
Volgaborg departed at 20:10
American Courage departed at 20:30

Monday, December 9, 2013

Paul R Tregurtha Arrival

With a temperature of 0F and wind chill of -17, you may prefer this video over being here for the arrival this evening of the 1000ft Paul R Tregurtha. ( Turn up your speakers to here the boat and bridge)

Winter Shipping

Ice is forming quickly in the harbor and shipping is getting difficult.  There will be two ice breakers working in the harbor this week to help things out.
Here is the Arthur M Anderson arriving this morning.--- the beauty of boats, ice, wind, and water never gets tiring to photograph.

Arthur M Anderson

Duluth Harbor Boat traffic for Sunday 12/08/2013

Sorry, boat traffic was not recorded on Saturday and Sunday due to Internet outages.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Philip R Clarke Departure

The -30 wind chill makes for a beautiful scene as the Philip R Clarke makes it's way into the Lake Superior sea smoke.
Philip R Clarke

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 12/5/2013

American Century departed at 01:13
Great Republic arrived at 06:43
Alder departed at 14:50
Philip R. Clarke arrived at 16:30
Orla arrived at 19:10
Cornelia departed at 19:20
American Mariner arrived at 21:50

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Camera Update

Update: 21:00 Wednesday-----Camera icing has cleared and the snow is moving out-----nice to see the harbor again.

Most of the cameras are now ice covered and unable to see.  There are small heaters in each one, however, as long as the snow falls and off-lake winds stay high, it will be difficult for the small camera heaters to melt the ice.

This is a classic winter storm for this time of year and once the skies clear, there should be some fantastic photo opportunities, either with the web cameras or out in the cold and snow.

By the weekend, there should be some cool views of ice covered boats arriving off Lake Superior.

I will turn the cameras back into place once the ice has melted off.

Stay warm,

p.s. My wife won't let me use her hair blower to speed up the melting.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Pilica departure

Turn up your speakers to hear the boat and bridge.

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 11/28/2013

Vikingbank arrived Duluth at 06:20
Presque Isle departed at 09:25
James R Barker arrived at 10:10
James R Barker departed at 21:30

Thursday, November 28, 2013


A blanket of fresh snow in Canal Park and the arrival of the Vikingbank this morning at 6:30 made for a nice  winter scene in Duluth.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends on duluthharborcam!

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Wednesday 11/27/2013

Indiana Harbor arrived at 01:45
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 07:10
Indiana Harbor departed at 13:55
Erieborg (Dutch) departed at 14:40

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Tuesday 11/26/2013

Cason J. Callaway departed at 01:45
Presque Isle arrived at 09:30
Mottler (Cyp) arrived at 10:10
Joseph L. Block departed at 12:00
Pilica arrived at 18:30

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mottler Arrival


Icy Presque Isle

Early winter is one of my favorite times for boat watching. The big boats coming in off the lake with ice covered bows are works of art. Look at the ice coating on the upper bow--incredible.
Presque Isle

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Monday 11/25/2013

Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived at 05:45
Cason J. Callaway arrived at 10:45
Ebroborg (Dutch ) departed at 15:25
Erieborg (Dutch) arrived at 15:40
Hon. James L. Oberstar departed at 17:30

Monday, November 25, 2013

Santa drops into Bentleyville opening night

Saturday evening was the opening night at Bentleyville in Bayfront Park.  I happened to be in the helicopter that dropped Santa from 6000ft.  With a windchill of -20 and the back door off the copter, old Santa didn't hang around long.
The clear air made for a nice night to take a few photos.

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Sunday 11/24/2013

Algoma Enterprise (CA) arrived Duluth at 12:20
Algoma Enterpise

Friday, November 22, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 11/21/2013

Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 01:25
Mesabi Miner departed at 02:25
American Mariner arrived at 04:55
Apollon (Gre) arrived at 07:25
Great Republic arrived at 10:15
Edwin H. Gott arrived at 13:35
Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 15:25
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived at 16:25
Baie St. Paul arrived at 16:30
American Spirit departed at 21:00
American Mariner departed at 22:00

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Saturday 11/16/2013

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed at 04:03
Presque Isle  arrived at 09:05
Algoma Navigator departed at 12:22
Algoma Navigator arrived at 17:50

Saturday, November 16, 2013

New Blatnik Bridge Lighting

The new LED Lighting on the Blatnik Bridge illuminates the center span of the structure in a softer more complete light then the old system.

Here, the Walter J McCarthy Jr silently passes under the bridge as it backs is't way to the Midwest Energy Coal dock.

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Friday 11/15/2013

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived at 05:07
Victoriaborg (Dutch ) departed at 13:45
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed at 15:00
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived at 16:35
Buffalodeparted at 19:30
Algoma Navigator arrived at 20:45

Friday, November 15, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 11/14/2013

American Spirit departed at 07:10
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 12:40
Alpena arrived at 16:30
Irma departed at 17:50
Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 21:00
Buffalo arrived at 21:55
American Century departed at 22:30

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Monday 11/11/2013

Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 03:17
Resko (Bah) arrived Duluth at 06:55
James R. Barker arrived  at 07:27
Cason J. Callaway arrived at 07:48
Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 08:45
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 13:00
American Integrity departed at 14:35
Edwin H. Gott departed at 16:00
Cason J. Callaway departed at 21:00
Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 23:20

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Friday 11/8/13

Algoma Enterprise arrived at 02:12
Zealand Juliana (Dutch) departed at 02:21
American Century departed at 05:54
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived  at 10:40
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed at 21:15
Algoma Enterprise departed at 21:40