Friday, January 25, 2013

A sunny winter afternoon greeted the John G Munson as it entered the Port of Duluth and was given the honor of finishing the 2012/2013 shipping season. To all those who have enjoyed the Duluth Harbor through this website for the past year, I truly hope it has given you a moment of pleasure and relaxation by viewing a most beautiful place to live and visit. Duluth is a true gem of a city and whether you have visited in person or "virtually" I hope you will return. Until the shipping season opens again in a few short weeks, stop by and watch the Lake Superior sunrises and the change of the season. Best regards, Dennis O'Hara [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John G Munson[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John G Munson[/caption]   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John G Munson[/caption]

Sunday, January 20, 2013

American Victory

While the American Victory has not sailed in the past several years, it is still a great ship with a wonderful
nautical heritage. The boat is tied up at Fraser Ship Yard until further notice.

Perhaps an unlucky omen, she was launched on Halloween--October 31, 1942--as the tanker Marquette. She was built by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation's yard in Sparrows Point, Maryland as an oiler for the U.S. Navy. The vessel was commissioned, however, as the USS Neshanic (AO-71), and entered service in April 1943. During her first year, she was involved in several close encounters with both enemy submarines and air attacks on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. On June 18, 1944, her luck ran out, as she was hit with a bomb from a Japanese plane while refueling a destroyer. She tied up alongside a sister ship, the Saranac, and some of the Saranac's injured crew (she was also attacked) were treated aboard the Neshanic. The Neshanic was later repaired and was decommissioned in December, 1945.
You can read more about the American Victory over at

Lakers on Ice

Now that we have entered "Real Winter" with temperature finally dropping below 0 F, it is a great time to do some photography around the harbor.
The Roger Blough and John Boland are moored at Fraser Shipyard until spring.  While there is much work being done on them while they are bedded down for the winter, this morning, they seemed at rest locked in the icy slip.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Shipping Slideshow (Lakers)

As the shipping season winds down for a few months, let these images be a reminder of the beauty of the Duluth Harbor.
(The slideshow will shortly)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sunrise Spectacular!

Just caught a glimpse of the Lake Superior Sunrise this morning.  This is why I have the Harbor Cameras!
Enjoy! The temperature was 3F with a windchill of -10F.

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Sunday 1/13/2013

James R. Barker (US) departed Duluth at 10:55

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Wednesday 1/10/2013

While the boat traffic is now slowing and getting ready to bed down for the rest of winter, the sunrises continue to be spectacular.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Sunday 1/6/2013

James R. Barker departed at 02:57
John G. Munson arrived at 03:15
Great Republic departed at 05:25
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived at 09:25
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed at 14:00

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Saturday 1/5/2013

James R Barker 

American Spirit departed at 04:00
Great Republic arrived at 07:05
James R. Barker arrived at 07:25

Friday, January 4, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 1/3/2013

Great Republic arrived at 05:10
Indiana Harbor arrived at 13:35
Indiana Harbor departed at 16:35
American Spirit departed at 20:30

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Tuesday 1/1/2013

James R Barker Departure 1/1/2013
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 03:24
Mesabi Miner arrived at 05:34
James R. Barker departed at 07:34
Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 21:10

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

It happens every year! A strong cold front comes sweeping into the area from the arctic and streams across the warmer waters of Lake Superior.
The weather phenomenon makes for a beautiful scene and is well worth the numb fingers.
Enjoy the cold!

(file images from 2010)

January Sea Smoke!

James R Barker (Jan 1, 2013)
The James R Barker passes under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 7:30 this morning and into the icy "Sea Smoke" rising off Lake Superior.  An appropriate scene for January shipping in Duluth.

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Monday 12/31/2012

Happy "Nautical" New Year!
Thank you for watching the Duluth Harbor Traffic in 2012 and looking forward to 2013. With two weeks left in this shipping season, there should be some great scenery to end the season.
The  big event of 2013 will be the Tall Ship Festival in July --- Always something to watch.

I hope to keep upgrading and improving the cameras in 2012 in order to provide the view in town.

James R Barker Arrival under a January Moonrise

James R. Barker arrived at 21:00