Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Wednesday 4/30/2014

Mackinaw arrived at 07:58
Mackinaw departed at 08:16
CSL Assiniboine departed at 08:25
Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived at 12:18
Cason J. Callaway arrived at 12:26
Thunder Bay arrived at 12:35
Whitefish Bay arrived at 13:05
Baie Comea uarrived at 13:10
CSL Tadoussac arrived at 13:15
Baie St. Paul arrived at 13:40
Mackinaw arrived at 14:35

Scanner Chat

The marine scanner was busy this morning with the "Parade of Steel" You may find the marine scanner chat interesting

The Fleet Arrive

When I saw all the boats on the horizon -- I couldn't help myself and had to see it from the air.

Parade of Lakers!

Baie St. Paul
CSL Tadoussac 
Baie Comeau
Whitefish Bay
Thunder Bay
Cason J. Callaway
Hon. James L. Oberstar
The last time this many boats arrived in a bunch was the Tall Ships (Parade of Sails) last summer.  While the ice makes a good background, it would be nice if the temps were a bit higher then 38 F.
CGC Mackinaw

Suddenly -- the boats are back

A flotilla of lakers entered the port at noon -- making for a packed harbor today

Streaming Camera disruption

I appologise for the signal failure on the streaming cameras. Apparently they hit a limit on viewers that needed to be changed. Should be good now.

Ice Jam

Boats stuck in ice outside Duluth this morning

Mackinaw arrival - CSL Assiniboine departure 4/30/2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Summer Drift!

Although it seems summer is far off, actually it is only a few weeks away. Soon, the salties will be anchored off shore and Wednesday Night sailboat races will be in full swing.  Hang in there, at least the mesquites aren't out yet.
Federal Elbe

Monday, April 28, 2014

Lake Superior Ice

A year ago in April, heavy east winds pushed lake ice into 15ft piles at the end of the piers.  This image was taken of the Arthur M Anderson as it pushed through the ice after the storms.
Arthur M Anderson April 2013

Friday, April 25, 2014

Great Republic loading at Two Harbors

Sporting a fancy new paint job, the Great Republic loaded taconite overnight at the CN Docks in Two Harbors and is on it's way down lake.
Great Republic

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Thursday 4/24/2014

Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 04:25
Lee A. Tregurtha arrived at 06:00
American Integrity arrived at 10:15
Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 15:00
Roger Blough depart at 18:00
Great Republic departed at 18:10

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mesabi Miner Breaks Free!

After a night stuck in the ice, the 1000ft Mesabi Miner made it into port this morning - with the help of the always ready tugs.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mesabi Miner stuck in ice off Duluth Piers

Just as it was about to enter the Duluth Harbor at 18:00 this evening, the 1000ft Mesabi miner became stuck in the ice.  Help will be arriving soon.

Lake Superior Ice Cover

Yesterday's satellite image shows just how much ice remains on Lake Superior  certainly a challenge for the lakers and cutters.

Lake Superior Ice Cover - 4/19/2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014 Update!

Hi folks,

Just a bit of an update: website- I have moved the thumbnail photos that linked to the snapshot cameras to text links on the right sidebar. I have also made some other minor format changes in order to simplify the site like moving the scanner and AIS to the left column.

Also, in the next few weeks, I will be moving the GLA camera to another location on the aquarium roof in order to provide a better view of the harbor and front area of the DECC.

Penny asked who maintains and pays for all this cameras?  Well, I am able to cover some of the expenses so far by using the Google Ads that you see on the site.  The simple fact is, I am blessed that technology now can enable myself and others to enjoy a very special place called Duluth and I will keep doing this as long as there is a + in my bank account.

Not everyone gets to see the thank-you emails that I often receive from folks that use these cameras as a tie-line to home, a place they would like to call home, or just a fond memory.  That's why I do this.  Also, of course, I just like watching the cameras myself.

I would like to acknowledge the following organizations and companies that graciously allow me to operate the cameras that you see on this website.

Pier B Resort Association - (Lafarge/Pier B camera)
Great Lakes Aquarium - (GLA cam)
Army Corps of Engineers/ LSMMA/Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

If it wasn't for these fine folks, we wouldn't be able to see what we can see today!

The boats are on their way back and Spring has arrived!


Friday, April 18, 2014

New Camera Installation!

We have put a new camera online that offers a very closeup view of the lift bridge. The new camera is live streaming and is the 4th thumbnail down on the right hand column of this page.
As usual, I expect some glitches while I am finalizing setup, but, I do hope you enjoy the view. The boats will be back soon.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ice Capades by Ship

I have never seen a lineup of boats like this---incredible! This evening as one convoy arrived, another was getting ready to depart.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Next convoy pulling together at the Soo!

The wraps are off the New Republic

Sporting a new paint job, the New Republic, parked here at Fraser Shipyard in Superior, looks like new as final preparations are made for a return to work soon.
Great Republic

Convoy sails past ice shelf

The Cutter Mackinaw left Tuesday with six Lakers that need help getting through the ice pack on the eastern end of Lake Superior.
Here you can see the armada as it skirts the ice shelf near Silver Bay.

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Tuesday 4/15/2014

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed at 07:45
CSL Tadoussac departed at 10:59
St. Clair departed at 11:52
American Spirit  departed at 12:15
Mackinaw departed at 12:28
Sam Laud departed at 20:00

Monday, April 14, 2014

Duluth Harbor Boat Traffic for Monday 4/14/2014

Stewart J. Cort arrived at 04:54
St. Clair departed at 06:15
CSL Tadoussac arrived at 06:47
Mackinaw arrived at 07:45
Sam Laud arrived at 07:54
Stewart J. Cort departed at 20:00

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Camera Status

4/9/2014 12:00 GLA camer back online--replace network POE injector.
4/8/2014 - 14:00 - GLA Camera Status Update - I have traced down the problem to the antenna WI-Fi system.  Tomorrow I will install a new power supply in hopes of getting it going.

4/2/2014 - The GLA Cam has gone off-line due to a power outage  -- investigating

Thursday, April 3, 2014

LSMMA Cam down

Update--12:00 Returned to service

The LSMMA Cam appears to be down, I am checking into this.