Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Edwin H Gott departed Duluth 3/31/2015

The 1000ft Edwin H Gott departed Duluth hat 15:00 today bound for Two Harbors.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Edwin H. Gott arrived Duluth 03/30/2015

The 1000ft Edwin H. Gott arrived Duluth at 10:00 Monday morning

Mesabi Miner departed Duluth Monday 3/30/2015

The 1000ft Mesabi Miner departed Duluth at 03:00 this morning with a load of coal destined for Taconite Harbor.

Friday, March 27, 2015

5 second timelapse

Last evening I recorded one hour of twilight into a 5 second video.

Rices Point - Duluth

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Heads-Up - 7AM Friday Morning

Update:  Looks like the balloons may launch around 16:00 today. There will be three of them.

Update 08:30AM Friday-Postponed for now - possibly this afternoon.

There is a possibility that a couple hot air balloons might be launching from Bayfront Park tomorrow morning at 7AM. Stay tuned

2013 Baloon Fest

Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth 03/26/2015

The 1000 ft Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth at 8:45 Thursday.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mesabi Miner departed Duluth 03/24/2015

The second boat departure from Duluth this season, the Mesabi Miner departed for Two Harbors this morning at 2AM

Monday, March 23, 2015

John G Munson opens the 2015 Shipping Season

The John G Munson slipped through light ice and off into Lake Superior late  this afternoon to open the 2015 Shipping Season in Duluth.

News from Seaway Port Authority - Duluth

First vessel of the 2015 shipping season to depart the Port of Duluth-Superior – the  John G. Munson – is now set to leave the CN Duluth Dock between 3:30 and 4 p.m. (CDT) today, make its way through the harbor and head out beneath the Duluth Aerial Bridge. The Mesabi Miner is expected to depart sometime after 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Camera Update!

FYI,  The Pier B and Bayfront camera streams will be down until Monday AM. The snapshot feeds are still working.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Boats will start moving on Monday

Press Release from Duluth Seaway Port Authority:
Sure Sign of Spring … 2015 Shipping Season to get underway Monday in Port of Duluth-Superior

Duluth, Minn., USA (March 20, 2015)—The first two U.S.-flag lakers are on schedule to depart the Port of Duluth-Superior on Monday, March 23,  signaling the start of the 2015 commercial shipping season at this end of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system.

On Sunday morning, the John G. Munson, with an assist from Heritage Marine tugs, is set to move from its winter berth at Fraser Shipyards in Superior to first fuel at the Port Terminal then shift over to the CN Duluth Dock to load 24,000 short tons of iron ore pellets. On Monday morning, the Munson is slated to depart beneath the Aerial Bridge, destined for Gary, Indiana. 

Late Monday afternoon/early evening, the Mesabi Miner is expected to depart from the Superior Midwest Energy Terminal with some 57,000 tons of coal onboard for the power plant at Taconite Harbor. After making that delivery, the 1,000-footer will return to the Twin Ports for a couple of days of scheduled maintenance work and to load its next coal cargo.
[NOTE:  All vessel arrival/departure times are estimates and may change without notice.]

While Lake Superior looks bright blue in the early spring sunshine here in Duluth-Superior, there is still a significant amount of ice cover on the eastern edge of the Lake – two to three feet thick from Whitefish Point to the St. Marys River. As such, U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder will be working in tandem with USCGC Mackinaw to lay tracks and provide escorts for vessels as needed through that eastern ice pack to and from the Soo Locks.

At this point in time, the Munson is expected to be the first downbound commercial vessel in position to transit the Soo Locks this season. It also appears there may be four upboundvessels waiting below the Soo Locks when they reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Wed., March 25 – including the Edwin H. GottEdgar B. Speer, Roger Blough and the Algoma Olympic.

The Soo Locks provide the gateway for lake carriers – some measuring more than 1,000 feet in length – to move raw materials like iron ore, coal, limestone, cement and salt between Lake Superior and Lakes Michigan, Huron and Erie. It is also one of 16 sets of locks along the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway (GLSLS) that allows oceangoing ships (“salties”) to  move breakbulk and project cargoes in and out of North America’s heartland and deliver Midwestern grains to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

“Against what seemed like insurmountable odds with everything Mother Nature threw at us from beginning to end, the Port  of Duluth-Superior wrapped up the 2014 shipping season a full 2.3 percent ahead of expectations, having moved over 37.5 million short tons of cargo,” said Vanta Coda, Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director. “There are still some formidable ice challenges along the Great Lakes-Seaway, but nowhere near what the fleets were facing at this same time last year.”

“We anticipate a banner year here at the Port Terminal for project cargo moving through Duluth in 2015,” noted Coda. “This Port sits at the nexus of multiple energy sectors, so we’ll be seeing several shipments of equipment heading in from Europe and elsewhere destined for wind energy installations and oil/gas fields further north and west. All told, the Port of Duluth-Superior should see a two percent increase in activity during 2015. Headwinds do exist in the decline of commodity pricing (e.g. iron ore and oil). And the strengthening U.S. dollar will challenge exports, however import prospects will improve.”

It’s a bit harder to predict the arrival of the Port’s first oceangoing vessel. The Seaway locks (the Montreal/Lake Ontario section and Welland Canal) won’t reopen for business this year until April 2, so it will be at least another week later before the Port of Duluth-Superior will see its first saltie. That first saltie to pass beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge will be greeted by maritime officials with a welcoming ceremony and will also qualify a winner for the annual “First Ship Contest” sponsored by the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Visit Duluth. Last year, due to dramatic ice conditions, the Port’s first saltie, the Diana, didn’t arrive until May 7 (the latest on record).

Of the five vessels that wintered over in the Twin Ports for repair and maintenance, the remaining three – Kaye E. Barker, American Integrity and the Indiana Harbor – aren’t scheduled to depart until late March or early April.

Close to 1,000 ships visit the Port of Duluth-Superior each year, moving roughly 38 million tons of cargo – iron ore, coal, grain, limestone, cement, salt, plus project cargo and more. As the largest tonnage port on the Great Lakes-Seaway, cargo movements through the Port of Duluth-Superior support 11,500 jobs  and contribute over $1.5 billion in business revenues to the local/regional economy. For more info: www.duluthport.com

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Canal Park Sunrise

In case you missed it! This mornings sunrise over Lake Superior was nothing sort of phenomenal.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


The Northern Lights were stunning last night -- this images was taken just down the road from me on Little Caribou Lake at 9:30PM
Click HERE to view more Northern Lights

Just another Superior Sunrise

Monday, March 16, 2015

Alder Departs Duluth Monday 3/16/2015

The CGC Alder departed this morning through the rapidly melting ice and returned shortly after.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CGC Alder is first boat through the Duluth Shipping Canal - 03/12/2015

As usual, the CGC Alder pushed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and out through the Shipping Canal as a preliminary run for the shipping opener that will be coming up soon.

Good to hear the boats again.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Aerial Lift Bridge Control Room

While the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge is photographed from nearly every angle, not many folks know what it looks like inside the control room that sits midway in the center of the lift span.

From this control room, Bridge Operators monitor weather, boat traffic, road traffic, people on the ground and the instrumentation to operator the bridge.  It's and interesting job, and certainly the best office view in town.

Click HERE or on the image to step in and take a 360 view of the control room where the Bridge Operators work.

East View
West View

Camera News

3/11/2015--12:00 Canal Cam upgrade complete - let me know if you have any issues with it.
The view should be clearer and I will tweak the audio once there are boats moving.
Thanks again to everyone that donated for the new camera and I hope you enjoy the view.

The Canal Cam will be down today for several hours as I change it out to an upgraded model.

I apologize in advance if it takes longer -- there are usually some glitches to work through.

Crimson Sunrise

Wednesday 07:20

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CGC Alder Making Tracks

Nature is quickly making CGC Alder's job much easier. The harbor ice is quickly breaking up and the ice on Lake Superior is shrinking rapidly.  I even let my chickens out in the yard this afternoon.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Camera Upgrade Wednesday

This coming Wednesday, I will be replacing the Canal Cam with the new one that we raised funds for last December.  The image will be clearer with better dynamic range.

I will also be moving the camera mic into a better location to hear the announcements.

With any luck, it will be the best cam on the Great Lakes.

That said,  there will be a several hour outage while I make the changes.

Once again, thanks to everyone who donated to these projects.

Barkers Island Ice Sculpture slowly returning to Lake Superior

The huge ice sculpture created on Barkers Island over the winter will be returning to Lake Superior over the next couple days.
See the story HERE

Camera News - Pier B Camera Off for awhile

The new Pier B complex is now under construction which has cut off access to the PierB camera for the time being. Once I can access the camera, we should get it back. It may be awhile however.

Although it isn't the same, I have put the Pier B Costruction Cam in it's place for now.

Superior Sunrise

Springtime is starting break in the Northland. As you can see from this mornings sunrise on the Canal Cam,  the sunrise azimuth is quickly moving North on the Lake Superior horizon.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Want to buy the Tall Ship Peacemaker!

The Peacemaker was one of the Tall Ships that visited Duluth in 2013. It has now been put up for sale. You can get more information HERE

360 Virtual View ---- Click image to look inside.

William A Irvin Pilothouse

Once the Flagship of the U.S.Steel Great Lakes Fleet, the William A Irvin now works as a harbor-side museum for tourists and residences alike to view a piece of our nautical heritage.

Take a 360 peek into the Irvin's Pilothouse by clicking on the image below.
 William A Ervin 360

Friday, March 6, 2015

Wisconsin Point Lighthouse

Since it finally warmed up today, I fired up the photo copter to take a closer look at the Wisconsin Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse, built in 1912 is the most beautiful and unique of the Twin Ports lighthouse and the most difficult to see up close.

  Find more info about the lighthouse HERE.

Notice the ice fishing houses further out on the lake.
Wisconsin Point Lighthouse

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Welcome to Spring!

UPDATE: 17:00 3/4/2015 -  The Alder schedule has been postponed for awhile.  Soon though!

The CGC Alder will begin breaking up ice in the harbor tomorrow and will be out for a few days.

Fresh Snow

Even though Spring is just a few weeks away, it's good to see a fresh snowfall.  I enjoy taking snowflake pictures like this one every now and then. The wonders of "Little Things" never ceases to amaze me.
Yo can view more snowflakes in my Snowflake Gallery

Monday, March 2, 2015

NEW! Port Map Link

FYI, In the links box I have added a link to the Port Authority's Harbor Map. The Port Map is very informative as far as identifying locations.

Duluth Shipping News is 20 years old

Congratulations to Ken Newhams who's Duluth Shipping News has reached 20 years old.
Ken has provided a tremendous service for all the nautical fans around Duluth-Superior. On top of that, he's a great guy.