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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Boat Traffic Updated for May 28-31 not available.

Hello,
Although the cameras will continue to operate this week, I will be  in North Dakota working on a photography assignment and will not be able to post the boat traffic videos. Also,  if something breaks, I may not be able to fix it remotely and will be back Saturday to make adjustments.

Enjoy the boat watching while I'm gone.

Dennis

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Sunday 5/27/2013

Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived at 02:21
Cedarglen arrived at 02:47
Alpena arrived at 10:50
Baie St. Paul arrived at 12:07
Hon. James L. Oberstar departed at 14:30
James R. Barker arrived at 19:20
Baie St. Paul departed at 21:20
Atlantic Erie arrive at 21:30

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Sunday 5/26/2013

Arthur M. Anderson  arrived at 01:15
Arthur M. Anderson departed at 14:15

The new "Tall Ships" Books have arrived

The Tall Ships Books have arrived and are now available while the supply lasts.
The picture book includes a history of sailing ships on Lake Superior, my photography of past Duluth Tall Ship events in Duluth, and a preview of the Tall Ships that will be featured at the upcoming Tall Ships Festival this summer in Duluth.

You can page through the entire book online by clicking on the image below.
If you have already contacted me about ordering, I have saved you a copy and will be contacting you by email.

This years event promises be another historic event in Duluth's rich nautical history. I hope you can make it to Duluth for the July 25-29 event.

  Tall Ships
Hard cover $12.50+$3 S/H (autographed copy)

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Friday 5/24/2013

Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 05:16
Kaministiqua departed at 05:28
Mesabi Miner arrived at 06:28
Indiana Harbor departed at 10:00
Vaasaborg (Dutch) departed at 12:15
Paul R Tregurtha departed at 15:20
Algolake arrived at 20:40
Buffalo arrived at 22:30

Friday, May 24, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 5/23/2013

Roger Blough departed at 04:10
Joseph L. Block departed at 05:15
Spartan/barge Spartan II departed at 11:15
Kaministiqua arrived at 20:20

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Wednesday 5/22/2013


Indiana Harbor arrived at 13:00
Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort departed at 14:05
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed at 14:00

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for 5/20/2013

Heavy fog has prevented the cameras from seeing much in the past few days.  Better viewing days ahead.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Saturday 5/18/2013


Algoma Navigator arrived at 03:25
American Spirit departed at 04:29
Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 05:03
Herbert C. Jackson departed at 11:25
Algoma Navigator departed at 15:55

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Friday 5/17/2013

Paul R Tregurtha arrival

American Spirit arrived at 04:06
American Century arrived at 04:38
CSL Laurentien departed at 06:48
Great Republic departed at 08:15
Philip R. Clarke arrived at 12:10
Volgaborg (Dutch) departed at 16:15
American Century departed at 16:08
Herbert C. Jackson arrived at 18:00
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 18:45
Philip R. Clarke depart Duluth  23:50

Friday, May 17, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 5/16/2013


James R. Barker departed at 06:45
Volgaborg (Dutch) arrived at 07:10
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived at 07:25
Joseph L. Block departed at 09:25
CSL Laurentien arrived at 20:20
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed at 21:30

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Wednesday 5/15/2013

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed at 01:43
Atlantic Superior arrived at 02:08
Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 08:03
Baie St. Paul arrived at 10:45
Great Republic arrived at 12:15
Joseph L. Block arrived at 14:35
Atlantic Superior departed at 15:15
James R. Barker arrived a 20:30
Arthur M. Anderson departed at 21:30
Baie St. Paul departed at 22:15

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Springtime has returned to Northern Minnesota

With the start-up of the noisy peeper frog serenades, ice off the lakes, and the return of the loons, the seasons have moved back to normal. This sunset picture at Caribou Lake was a fitting view on the first evening without ice on the lakewater.
Caribou Lake Sunset


Laker Herbert C. Jackson hit by Jefferson Avenue Bridge, Detroit

This incident was brought to our attention by Capt Tom Mackey of Park Point.
Story provided by Pioneer Press

DETROIT—When bridges and ships collide, it's usually the fault of the ship's crew.
On Sunday, authorities in Detroit were blaming a drawbridge operator, who they say lowered the bridge onto the top of a passing 690-foot Great Lakes freighter as it hauled 23,000 tons of iron pellets up the Rouge River to a steel plant.

The impact heavily damaged the bridge, but no people were hurt. Police took the 43-year-old bridge operator into custody on suspicion she was intoxicated, Coast Guard Lt. Justin Westmiller told the Detroit Free Press. She was being tested for drugs and alcohol.

"At this point in the investigation, we believe that it was the fault of the bridge operator closing the bridge as the ship was still transiting through," Westmiller said.

The bridge was built in 1922 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Coast Guard said the Jefferson Avenue bridge struck the Herbert C. Jackson at around 2:10 a.m. Sunday as its crew of 24 was taking it to Dearborn's Severstal North America plant. The Interlakes Steamship Co. owns the ship.

The bridge is just upstream from where the Rouge enters the Detroit River.

The ship sustained a 2-inch gash in the hull about 15 feet above the waterline, officials said.

"It appears as though the brunt of the damage was taken by the bridge," Westmiller said.

Wayne County spokeswoman Cindy Dingell said the bridge will be closed indefinitely to vehicle traffic and

authorities will determine the severity of the damage and the nature of the repairs needed. She said this kind of accident is rare.
"Usually we have a boat once in a while that will hit our bridge, but we have never had operator error that has caused a situation like this in the 91 years we have been operating this," she told WDIV-TV.

Herbert C Jaackson in Duluth


Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Tuesday 5/14/2013


Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived at 16:38
Roger Blough departed at 17:15

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Boat Traffic Increasing

As depicted on this Lake Superior AIS Map taken this evening-- there is a string of large boats headed towards Duluth-Superior and Two Harbors.

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Monday 5/13/2013


James R. Barker departed at 09:15
Miedwie departed at 20:15
Roger Blough arrived 22:30

Monday, May 13, 2013

Canal Park Gulls

The gulls and visitors have returned to Canal Park and with them comes some free entertainment for all.

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Sunday 5/12/2013

Federal Kumano

American Century  departed at 04:08
Hon. James L. Oberstar departed at 05:22
Lee A. Tregurtha departed at 07:12
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 13:30
Paul R. Tregurtha departed Dat 22:50
James R. Barker arrived at 23:40

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Saturday 5/11/2013

Canal Park Snowbow 5/11/2013

American Century arrived at 17:35
Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort departed at  19:10
Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived at 19:30
Lee A. Tregurtha arrived at 21:00

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Friday 5/11/2013


St. Clair departed at 01:55
Cason J. Callaway arrived at 10:55
Indiana Harbor arrived at 11:50
Philip R. Clarke departed at 12:40
Cason J. Callaway departed  at 19:30
Peter R. Cresswell arrived at 21:30
BBC Florida departed at 23:00
Indiana Harbor departed at 23:00
Great Lakes Trader arrived at 23:55

Friday, May 10, 2013

Miedwie Arrives in Duluth


The Miedwie arrived in the Twin Ports about 19:30 Thursday, on its 2nd trip to Duluth.

Built last year in the Mingde shipyard in Nantong, China, near Shanghai, the Miedwie was launched in March 2012 and is the first ship in a series of eight new vessels ordered by Polsteam USA for Great Lakes/Seaway service.

The 623-foot is a Bahama-flagged 30,000-ton vessel. The ship will load about 20,000 metric tons of wheat.

Polsteam, the largest Polish shipowner and one of the largest in Europe, operates 75 ships, including 67 bulk carriers, four sulfur carriers and four ferries. The company has announced plans to build 34 new bulk cargo carriers by 2015.

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 5/9/2013

BBC Florida (Ant) arrived at 00:20
Mesabi Miner arrived at 04:05
Philip R. Clarke arrived at 13:20
Miedwi(Bahamas) arrived at 19:30
St. Clair departed at 23:55

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Harbor History May 9, 1901: The Bon Voyage Sinks

By Tony Dierkins- Zenith City Online

On this day in Duluth in 1901, Singer’s White Line transportation company’s steamer Bon Voyage left Duluth heading for Michigan’s copper country but never made it to Houghton—and neither did five of her passengers. Six miles outside the Portage Ship Canal (aka the Portage Waterway or Keweena Waterway), the vessel caught fire and headed for Red Ridge, the nearest community on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A woman described as the “grandmother of the Altman family” jumped into Lake Superior along with her daughter and three granddaughters. All but the youngest child died. An unknown young man also met the same fate. All other passengers were rescued. The Bon Voyage was built in 1891 at Sugatuck, Michigan, measured 153 feet long, and could take on a load of 500 tons. The vessel was a total loss and later removed by Duluth salvagers Clow & Nicholson and scrapped in the Zenith City. Newspaper articles about the event can be found here.

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Wednesday 5/8/2013


St. Clair arrived at 12:45
Pacific Huron departed at 23:15
BBC Florida arrived t 24:00

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Monday 5/6/2013

740 foot CSL Niagara
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 05:42
Joseph L. Block arrived at 07:50
Lakes Contender/Ken Boothe, Sr. departed at 09:05
Alder arrived at 12:30
Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 16:33
CSL Niagara arrived at 17:30

Monday, May 6, 2013

What the heck are you doing in my airspace?

A local seagull checks out one of the harborcams thinking it might be a box of popcorn.

Duluth Harbor Traffic for Sunday 5/5/2013


American Century departed at 20:30
American Mariner departed at 21:30
Lakes Contender/Ken Boothe, Sr. arrived at 22:00

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Saturday 5/4/2013


American Mariner arrived at 02:33
Lee A. Tregurtha arrived at 07:43
Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 08:45
Indiana Harbor arrived at 12:35
Indiana Harbor departed at 23:30

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Friday 5/3/2013


Baie St. Paul departed at 02:45
American Integrity  arrived at 06:15
Mesabi Miner departed at 12:15
American Integrity departed at 17:25

Friday, May 3, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 5/2/2013

James R. Barker departed at 05:14
Baie St. Paul arrived at 18:16
Federal Ems (Cyp) departed at 18:35
Mesabi Miner arrived at 20:40

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Wednesday 5/1/2013


Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort departed at 07:20
Algoma Navigator departed at 11:50
James R. Barker arrive at 20:10

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Tuesday 4/30/2013

Hon. James L. Oberstar departed at 14:30
 Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 17:30
 Federal Ems arrived at 19:30
Algoma Navigator arrived at 19:30
Pochard departed at 20:30