Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Camera Operation

We can expect cameras to start shutting down soon due to the cold weather.  Hopefully, some will remain in service.
This thermal image of my wood stove is the place to be for me and the dog.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Subzero Sunrise 01/27/2019

Funny thing how cold can be so beautiful.

Music: Ice Road Sunrise by Eric Matyas

Pure Air from the Arctic for sale -- cheap!

We happen to have a new shipment of fresh clean pure arctic air that just arrived this morning. My wood pile is going down fast.

This is a reading from my home weather station, 10 miles north of Duluth. If you live south, we'll be sending it your way soon!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Camera operations during extreme cold

All of the cameras have cold weather protection circuitry for extreme cold.  With temperatures falling well below zero for the next two weeks, we can expect intermittent operation, especially in the early morning hours.
Spring is right around the corner after that!

Enjoy the cold! Wherever you are at!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

January Moonrise at Split Rock Lighthouse

The Full Moon of January is a chance to see the moon rise behind the lighthouse.  Always a cool time to photograph.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Michipicoten departed Superior 01/12/2019

Michipicoten departed Superior Saturday evening.

End of season Info

Thank you all for the many kind remarks, comments, and financial support throughout 2018. The past year has been a very enjoyable endeavor and I hope the cams have been a window to the Northland for you.

The cameras will keep operating during the offseason with the exception of the fact that during extreme cold they may shut down automatically for circuit protection. This sometimes happens when temps drop below -10 F.

With cool weather on our doorstep, there should be some great images of sea smoke rising off the canal as well as beautiful sunrises. I will try and have the cams positioned to view this rather unique phenomenon.

I will also be posting occasional images from various photographers of winter images around the harbors and lake shore.

Have a great offseason, the boats will be back towards the end of March. The Lord willing, I will be here for 2019.


Kaye E Barker arrived Duluth 01/15/2019

Kaye E Barker arrived Duluth at 2:30 this morning in mild weather to finish up the 2018 shipping season.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Winter Layup! Duluth Seaway Port Authority - News Release

Last ‘lakers’ heading into Port of Duluth-Superior for
Winter Layup as 2018 Great Lakes Shipping Season winds to close
Duluth, Minn. USA (01/08/19) – The 2018 Great Lakes commercial shipping season will
be wrapping up this week and next as the Soo Locks (at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
get et to close at midnight Tuesday, January 15. Boatwatchers will be lining the
Duluth Ship Canal and Superior Entry trying to catch glimpses of he eight (8) freighters
scheduled for winter layup in the Port of Duluth-Superior.
The first, Algoma’s Tim S. Dool, arrived on New Year’s Day and is already in dry dock
at Fraser Shipyards. The next seven should start arriving as early as tomorrow (Wednesday),
continuing through the weekend or early next week.
There are eight vessels currently on the winter berthing schedule for the Twin Ports:
Tim S. Dool Fraser Shipyards H. Lee White Fraser Shipyards
American Century Enbridge Dock
American Spirit Fraser Shipyards
Burns Harbor Elevator “M” Dock
Mesabi Miner Midwest Energy
Kaye E. Barker Fraser Shipyards
Lee A. Tregurtha Fraser Shipyards
Check vessel traffic updates online at www.marinetraffic.com  or

“The Port of Duluth-Superior is ending the shipping season on a
strong note,” said Deb DeLuca, Duluth Seaway Port Authority
executive director.
“Through November, grain volume was up 22 percent over last year, and
shipments of Minnesota iron ore were outpacing the five-year average by
over 25 percent.
While coal loadings have dropped significantly in recent years, iron ore
shipments have picked up pace—already at 18.4 million short tons
through November.
With Great Lakes traffic continuing well into January,
we anticipate the Port’s overall tonnage tally will top 32 million tons
to close out the 2018 shipping season.” 

Roger Blough departed, WILFRED SYKES arrived Two Harbors 01/08/2019

Roger Blough departed, WILFRED SYKES arrived Two Harbors late this afternoon.

Walter J McCarthy Jr departed, American Mariner arrived Duluth 01/08/2019

Walter J McCarthy Jr departed, American Mariner arrived Duluth on a windy January afternoon.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Walter J McCarthy Jr arrived Duluth 01/06/2019

Walter J McCarthy Jr arrived Duluth this evening to load iron pellets

Winter Storm Warning for Northeast Minnesota


.A winter storm system is headed for the Northland. It will spread snow through the region from west to east this evening through early Monday afternoon. There will be widespread snowfall of at least 3 to 5 inches from central Minnesota to northwest Wisconsin,
but areas of northeast Minnesota will get 6 to 8 inches or more.

The greatest snowfall is expected along the Minnesota North Shore with 10 to 18 inches. There will be gusty east to southeast winds tonight through the middle of Monday morning that will accompany the falling snow, causing blowing snow and low visibility. Most of
the snow for the region will fall tonight before sunrise Monday morning, but snow will continue in the morning, especially along the Minnesota North Shore. Warm air will push into northwest Wisconsin and east-central Minnesota late tonight into Monday morning, causing a transition from snow, to wet snow, and then to rain.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT and American Spirit arrived Two Harbors 01/05/18

CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT and American Spirit arrived Two Harbors  this evening.

Bentleyville Tree Removal 01/5/19

Volunteer ironworkers removed the Bentleyville Tree for another year this morning. The 128ft, 17-ton tree as removed in 90 minutes and will be stored nearby.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Camera Outages

Update: 16:25 -- Power restored, I will be bringing the cams back online.
Update: 16:10 -- The internet outage is due to a power failure in near downtown Duluth.  The good thing is, everything should come back up one the main power is restored.
It appears there is an internet outage affecting all of the Hillside cams (Hillside, PierB, GLA, Harborcam and Wisconsin Point) I will be checking into it ASAP.

Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth 01/03/2019

Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth this afternoon to load coal.

American Century departed Superior 01/03/2019

American Century departed Superior lat this morning for Two Harbors.

michipicoten Arrived Duluth 10/03/2019

Michipicoten Arrived Duluth early this morning.

Philip R Clarke departed Duluth 01/03/2019

Philip R Clarke departed Duluth early this morning.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Winter Shipping -- Taken by Jeff Doty!

Jeff Doty took these wonderful images of nighttime work in the harbor early this morning.
Visit Jeff's Harborcam Gallery at: https://www.duluthharborcam.net/Harbor-Photographers/Jeff-Doty-photography

Indiana Harbor departed, Edwin H Gott arrived Two Harbors 01/02/2019

Indiana Harbor departed, Edwin H Gott arrived Two Harbors early this morning.

Chilly Arrival - Philip R Clarke arrived Duluth 01/02/2019

The Philip R Clarke arrived Duluth this morning through heavy sea smoke caused by below zero temps. -- Makes for an incredible scene to watch.