Tuesday, December 30, 2014

James R Barker departs, Lee A Tregurtha arrives Duluth 12/30/2014

The 1000ft James R Barker departed Duluth and the Lee A Tregurtha arrived at 13:00 Tuesday in below zero temperatures.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Bentleyville closing night fireworks

Cameras Down!

Reply from camera streaming service in regards to our camera outage this morning:

sorry about the issue, it was our fault, we were adding a few more servers to your region (as a follow up to a yesterday's attack on our servers) and a configuration problem caused some of the cameras to become offline. We have only discovered it after the first ticket arrived. Please accept our apologies for this, all cameras should be online now, but if you are still having some issues, please let me know.

Thank you for your understanding.

10:30 - Update -- All cameras restored -- problem with streaming service has been resolved. I apologize for the interruption.

06:00 - There appears to be a problem with the internet streaming service based out of Europe-- I am checking into it!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Bentleyville Fireworks Tonight!

This is the last night for Bentleyville 2014. At 6:30PM CST there will be a closing fireworks display that you should be able to watch on the "Harborcam" Camera Page.
2013 Fireworks

Enjoy the show!

Buffalo arrived Duluth 12/27/2014

Buffalo arrived at 7AM this morning for a load of coal.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

To all my Harborcam Friends -- Wishing your the very Merriest of Christmas's and a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

American Century arrived Duluth 12/20/2014

The 1000ft American Century arrived at 8:15 Saturday for another load of coal.

Farewell to the Salties for 2014 - Palmerton departs Duluth 12/20/2014

The Antiqua flagged Palmerton departed Duluth at 12:15 this morning after dropping off a load of structural steel. The last ocean vessel of the 2014 shipping season will race to beat the closing of the Welland Canal on December 26th.
Daylight hours start getting longer tomorrow and Spring is just a few short months away.  Enjoy winter while it lasts.
--Unusual for a ship to sound its horn at midnight, but, I guess this is a special occasion!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Aerial Bridge Quiz

While your waiting for the next boat, take this Aerial Bridge Quiz to see if you may be bridge operator material or at least be able to answer your friends questions about this famous Duluth landmark.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Palmerton arrives Duluth 12/14/2014

The 463 ft Antigua flagged Palmerton arrived Duluth this afternoon with a load of structural steel.

Flashback to August!

With the winter fog blocking the camera views for a few days, it might be nice to reflect back to August when the sailboats were in full swing.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Harborcam Upgrade in progress

Our new "Streaming" Harborcam installed. --- While I have some tweaking left to do on the new harborcam, it is up and running.

Comment:  Many thanks to those of you who donated to fund this camera. It is hard to believe that from December 3rd to today, the 12th, we raised the $1500, order the camera, and have it installed.  WOW - All I can say is thank you so much.

About the new camera view.  While the view seems a bit distant, I tried to include as much of the harbor as possible, so that the combination of the Bayfront Cam and the Harbor Cam will just about give us full coverage.

I will continue to adjust all six cameras that we have now and hope that you enjoy the different  viewing options.


Bentleyville Video (17 Min)

Hope you enjoy this year Bentleyville "Tour of Lights" either by visiting or through this video.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth 12/10/2014

The 1000ft Mesabi Miner arrive Wednesday morning at 10:15

Camera Status!

Wednesday 08:30AM -- cameras reset and back online
Wednesday 07:30AM -- Looks like the Visitor Center cameras are down.  Investigating!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Breaking into the Light - AmericanSpirit

While a rather common scene in Duluth, the big boats on big water is still eye catching delight. The American Spirit pushed out of the Duluth Shipping canal. (from the files)
American Spirit

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Bentleyville Kaleidoscope

The lights at the Bentleyville "Tour of Lights 2014" are a phenomenal scene to behold, but, this view is one you might miss when you visit.
Here is the view looking straight up inside the towering 128ft high Christmas tree, covered with more then 100,000 LED lights.
If you would like to jump into the tree and take a look around for yourself -  CLICK HERE
Bentleyville Tree (Vertical View inside)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sunset Ice Fishing on the Duluth-Superior Harbor

If you look on the Harborcam during the day, way down the bay, you will see a bunch of small black dots on the ice.  This is the flock of Ice Fishermen that love to hit the ice as soon as it freezes up.

I stopped by at sunset to take a quick look from above with my little photocopter.

Lost Horizon - Full Moon

The full moon made slipped through the Lake Superior Horizon to set it's glow on the ocean freighter Mamry as the big ship waited at anchor off the Duluth Piers.

Philip R. Clarke arrived Duluth 12/06/2014

Philip R. Clarke arrived at 12:40 Saturday to unload limestone.
Philip R Clarke

Alert! - Full Moon Rise at 17:00 - 5PM tonight


The full moon should present a stunning display over the harbor this evening as it rises to the east and tracks across the sky.  I'll be down taking a few pictures here and there.

Harborcam Replacement Funding --- Success!!! Thank you, Thank You

What can I say but thanks.  Three days ago I let this community of duluthharborcam viewers the need to upgrade the Harborcam camera due to age and lack of streaming ability. Over the next three days we raised the $1270 needed.  Just stunning and humbling.

Over the past several years, I realized that these cameras have become windows to the Duluth waterfront for more then just myself.  I get great satisfaction out of helping provide a way to view the waterfront  "live" via internet, that has only been possible to do in the past several years.   When I see comments, or get emails from viewers who will never be able to stand in Canal Park or the Duluth hillside and watch boats, weather, people and wildlife, then I understand that these cameras have become something very important to others, not just myself. Providing this service to others has become more rewarding than I ever could have imagined.

I am a native Duluthian and as a photographer I photograph harbor and lakeshore scenes often, especially Canal Park.  When asked why I keep returning and photographing the same location time and time again, my only reply is that it's different each time, GOD mixes a different element of each day.

I'm sure many of duluthharborcam viewers feel the same way, I don't know if this is an addictions, but if it is, I'm hooked. Hooked on the views, but, most of all hooked on knowing that together, we can make a better day for hundreds of people at a time, as they enjoy the sights and sounds of one of the most beautiful locations on the planet.

I will continue to save the coffee fund money for the next project.

Thanks again,

Friday, December 5, 2014

Northern Lights - Moonrise at Split Rock Lighthouse

Only a couple nights a year can you see the full moon rise from behind Split Rock Lighthouse.
This afternoon I ventured up the shore to watch this amazing event with a couple other fellow photographers.

Like clockwork, the moon rose from behind the cliff to display itself above the lighthouse like a big orange ball.

Split Rock is a true gem of Lake Superior and one I never get tired of photographing.

Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth 12/5/2014

The 1000 foot Paul R Tregurtha arrived Friday morning for another load of coal.

Cason J Callaway arrived Duluth 12/5/2014

Cason J Callaway arrived Duluth at 10:30 Friday morning to unload limestone and pick up taconite.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mesabi Miner departed Duluth 12/4/2014

Mesabi Miner departed Duluth Thursday afternoon.

Camera Update!

Hi all,  FYI, I want to clarify ownership of the cameras:
                                      Owner                                      Operator
Harborcam           duluthharborcam.com                duluthharobrcam.com
Hillsidecam          duluthharobrcam.com                duluthharobrcam.com
PierBcam              duluthharborcam.com                duluthharobrcam.com
GLAcam               duluthharborcam.com                duluthharborcam.com
LSMVC#1            LSMMA/Corp of Engineeers    duluthharborcam.com
LSMVC#2            LSMMA/Corps of Engineers    duluthharborcam.com
Park Point Marina Inn Park Point Marina Inn         Park Point Marina Inn

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Camera Update - Harborcam

Well, the streaming idea for the Harborcam didn't work out too well.  The camera is an older model and not really equipped to stream.

I have switched it back to snapshot mode and hope to replace the camera soon.

Moonlit Arrival - James R Barker arrived Duluth 12/3/2014

The 1000ft James R Baker arrived at 17:30 Wednesday evening.
James R Barker

John G Munson arrived Duluth 12/03/2014

The John G Munson arrived Duluth at 10:30 Wednesday morning.
John G Munson

Iryda arrived Duluth 12/03/2014

The Cyprus flagged Iryda arrived Duluth at 7:00 Wednesday.

Kom departed Duluth 12/02/2014

The bulk freighter Kom departed Duluth on a pleasant December evening.

Response to "Coffee Fund" donations

To all of my friends who have donated to the coffee/camera fund this year - a big thanks you. Watching the big boats, people, weather, and other activity on the harbor cams has become rather addicting to myself as well as others.  While I started duluthharborcam.com to be able to watch the boats myself, I now get much more pleasure knowing that there are more then 400 people watching live each time one of the massive hulks makes its way through the canal.

This site is not a chore, but a gift and my hope is to keep providing memories and reflections of when you were here or will be here. The technology involved to do the streaming cameras didn't even exist 5 years ago, so, we are fortunate indeed.

There are lot's of folks that make this possible, including the Great Lakes Aquarium, Pier B, Army Corps of Engineers and everyone else who helps out.  While this is not a money making venture, the payoff is great and I look forward to more upgrades and improvements as time and finances permit.

December is a great boat watching month - Enjoy!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Camera Updates!

Summary of changes to camera configurations.

The Bridgecam has been upgraded to live streaming and is now showing Bentleyville.  This camera will remain in place with this view Bayfront Park.

The Harborcam is now upgraded to live streaming, however, it is an older camera and will be replaced when I save up the $2000 it cost to change it out.

So, all six cameras are now streaming live!  I have wanted this for a long time hope to keep them all running through the winter.

Please let me know if and when you see errors or have other request, these cameras are as much yours as they are mine, and I consider myself the maintenance guy for duluthharborcam.com and hope to provide the best view of the best place on earth.

Enjoy the views!

Black Ice - Algoma Montrealais arrives Duluth 12/01/2014

Covered in ice from a trip down Lake Superior, the black hull of the Algoma Montrealais shimmered white in the bright morning light of another beautiful winter day!
Algoma Montrealais

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Whitefish Bay arriving Duluth 11/30/2014

The Whitefish Bay arrived Duluth at 12:30 Sunday under beautiful blue skies.
Whitefish Bay

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tadoussac Dent?

Maybe it's just the way the light is shining on the bow.  I'm sure someone knows.

Double Header - Great Lakes Trader & Thunder Bay arrived Duluth 11/28/2014

The Great Lakes and  Thunder Bay arrived Duluth at 17:00 Friday.

This video is sped up 5x to shorten the duration - there was no significant audio.

Snowflake Photography

Today happened to be a perfect day to photograph snowflakes through a microscope. With 15F and no wind, the little crystals were easy prey for a snowflake hunter.
You can view the other snowflake imaged from this morning by clicking here.

Lee A Tregurtha arrived Duluth 11/28/2014

Lee A Tregurtha  -- another favorite Laker
Lee A Tregurtha

Presque Isle arrived Duluth 11/28/2014

The 1000ft Presque Isle arrived in Duluth for a quick refueling stop this morning during light snow flurries.
note: this is a still image with a bit of snowflakes added.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CSL Tadoussac arrived Duluth 11/27/2014

CSL Tadoussac is on of  the nicest looking boats on the Big Lake.
CSL Tadoussac

Happy Thanksgiving!

I enjoy operating the harborcams and am so thankful to be able to share with you.

Mesabi Miner departing Duluth 11/27/2014

The 1000ft Mesabi Miner departed Duluth under the Aerial Lift Bridge at 17:30 Thanksgiving Day.
Mesabi Miner

The Mala flagged freighter Kom arrived Duluth 11/27/2014

The Malta flagged freighter KOM arrived Duluth on Thursday for a load of grain.

Friday, November 21, 2014

New Cameras added!

I have added links to the Park Point Marina Inn Cam on the right hand column.

Also, so that you don't get cold feet, I have added a Bentleyville Cam for the season.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winter Arrival - James R Barker

Even cool  and snowy November mornings in Duluth's Canal Park can be a scenic delight. Here the 1000ft James R Barker coasts under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Paul R Tregurtha arriving Duluth 11/11/2014

The 1000ft Paul R Tregurtha arrived at 12:30 Tuesday

Montgracht arrived Duluth 11/11/2014

The freighter Montgracht arrived Duluth at 9:30 Tuesday

Visitor Center cameras off line


09:30  Cameras back in service
06:00 The two LSMVC cameras are off line. I will be working on the issue this morning.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

1000ft Edwin H Gott departed Duluth 11/5/2014

The 1000ft Edwin H Gott slipped out of the Duluth Harbor this evening just after sunset.
Edwin H Gott

Tundra arrived Duluth 11/05/2014

Cyprus flagged Tundra arrived Duluth at 6:30 Wednesday morning to load grain at Riverland Ag.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Superior Sunrise

Lake Superior sunrises are always beautiful, but, this mornings sunrise was exceptional.

Actually, it was nicer then this, but, the webcams are fairly limited in their capability to capture the full dynamic range of a scene. This is from the GLA cam.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Solar Eclipse

Just thought I would snap a shot of the Solar Eclipse for you which happens to be going on right now.
The blemish is actually a major sunspot erupting now also.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Edwin H. Gott arrived Duluth 10/09/2014

Edwin H. Gott arrived Duluth at AM Thrusday

Camera 1 at the Maritime Visitor center off line -- investigating

Update:  Camera back online!

Camera 1 at the Maritime Visitor Center off line -- investigating

How to estimate your own arrival times!

While I try to send out Harbor Watch Alerts, I am often not able to do so.  Alternatively, you can estimate your own arrival times by "Right Clicking" on the desired boat on the AIS map at the bottom of this page and then clicking on the desired arrival point.  

It might take a bit of practice, but, that gives a really good estimate for you.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Federal Yukon departed Duluth 10/08/2014

The Federal Yukon departed Duluth at 18:30 Wednesday


FYI, I have placed a AIS -- ship location map, at the bottom of this page. Den

Lee A Tregurtha arrival

With my camera attached to the end of a 15ft painter pole, the lighthouse lantern room and Lee A Tregurtha made an interesting October morning arrival.
Lee A Tregurtha

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Walter J. McCarthy Jr.arrived Duluth 09/23/2014

Walter J. McCarthy Jr.arrived Duluth this afternoon at 15:18

Hot Air Balloons

Hot air balloons are incredible machines that capture a tremendous amount of energy into one big bubble. The balloons use propane to heat the air over 200 degrees before blowing it into the balloon. With a capacity of 7-10 million btu's, the burners are 30-40 times the capacity of a typical home furnace. These images from last weekends balloon festival show the visible light image alongside an image taken with a thermal camera.
note: the green-yellow blobs below the balloons are people.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth 9/21/2014

After an eventful Saturday afternoon, the 1000 Ft Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth at 00:20 Sunday morning.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

1000 Ft Paul R Tregurtha grounding

While there is speculation why the 1000 ft Paul R Tregurtha headed off course and went aground in front of Bayfront Park in Duluth this afternoon, there will be a full investigation over the next weeks.
The Tregurtha was pulled free by tugs after several hours sitting in the muck.

In the following video, you can see the Tregurtha start to make it's final turn towards the bridge, but then you hear the emergency horn prior to seeing the boat stop.