Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

2016 was a great year with the Tall Ships Event certainly the highlight.  However, there was one event during the summer that narrowly missed being a profound catastrophe when the Algoma Guardian was snagged in the middle of entry into the canal when a powerful storm blew into town with near 100 MPH winds.

The skill of the crew saved the ship and possibly the bridge during a 5 minute struggle to pass through the canal.  Here is the post from that night.

See story from the News Tribune about the crew and bridge operator

I am looking forward to 2017 and really appreciate all the kind remarks and financial support of out various projects throughout the year.

Best Regards,


  1. Thank you for all the great footage and pictures on this site. I am on here daily and it always makes my day better! Happy New Year

  2. Den, thanks for all that you do with this site, I really appreciate it. Please keep up the good work in 2017!


  3. A huge thumbs up from Lakeville

  4. Happy New Year to you too, Dennis. Your presence in our home via the cameras has made you like family here in Florida. Thanks for all you do.

    BTW, I've watched that Algomo Guardian footage several times and the drama being played out is deceptively difficult to see. I need to download the video and perhaps speed it up. I've seen other videos of trips through the canal sped up and even in bright, sunny, clear days the ships are really doing some serious steering that you can't pick up when moving normal "slow" speed.

  5. I found this fascinating and terrifying. I was aware of this storm because it also hit the Ely area and did tremendous damage up there. We were there the following week and saw it first hand. This video certainly gave me the sense of what it was like to experience that kind of nature tantrum! Thank you for posting it!

  6. Brilliant capture Dennis, thank you for your hard work. Curious as to whether the iron ore boats, lakers, have bow thrusters to help with slow speed maneuvering. Anybody know?

  7. Yes, most have bow thrusters - very powerful ones.

  8. Thanks Dennis. Even with thrusters that had to be a white knuckle ride.