Saturday, March 30, 2019

Big Boats and one Big Egg!

Update 3/31: So I went to fry up the huge egg from yesterday and found this egg within an egg.- I have heard of double yoke eggs, but, this is the first double shell egg that I have seen.

One of our chickens laid this whopper of an egg while we were out of town today.  I bet our neighbors heard her squawking. And I thought the 1000ft boats were big! (relatively speaking)

Algoma Spirit arrived Duluth 03/30/2019

Algoma Spirit arrived Duluth this afternoon to load iron pellets.

James R Barker departed Duluth 03/30/2019

James R Barker departed Duluth early this morning loaded with steel pellets.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth 03/29/2019

Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth this afternoon loaded with coal.

A Perfect Sunrise - 03/29/2019 - (Timelapse)

You don't have to wait too long before you see another Perfect Sunrise in Duluth.

Wisconsin Point Cam returned to service

Thanks to Ken and Tracy from Belknap Electric in Superior for kick-starting the Wisconsin Point Cam this morning.

I will keep monitoring it for further issues, but, at least for now, it is back up.


(Double Header) Paul R Tregurtha & James R Barker arrived Duluth 03/28/2019

Paul R Tregurtha & James R Barker arrived Duluth through a loosening ice pack Thursday night.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

JOYCE L.VANENKEVORT (improvised ice breaker) arrived Two Harbors 03/27/2019

The JOYCE L.VANENKEVORT separated from the barge Great Lakes Trader this morning in Two Harbors to clear ice.  An unusual and interesting operation.

American Mariner arrived Two Harbors 03/27/19

American Mariner arrived Two Harbors this morning assisted by the tug Nels J

Monday, March 25, 2019

Camera Status Update!

All cameras are now online and operating.   A new modem was installed at the Hillside location and the Wisconsin Point connections have been recalibrated.

Silver Bay Marina cams will be coming soon, however, the marina doesn't open until May, so it may be a few more weeks.

Hopefully, we have a smooth operation for a while.


Saturday, March 23, 2019

American Spirit departed Duluth 03/23/2019

American Spirit departed Duluth late this afternoon from BN Docks.

H Lee White departed Duluth 03/23/2019

H Lee White departed Duluth this afternoon.

Kaye E Barker arrived Two Harbors 03/22/2019

Kaye E Barker arrived Two Harbors Friday afternoon to load its first cargo of Taconite for the season. The CGC Mackinaw broke its way into the harbor before arrival.

Hillside Camera Streaming Issues

I have discovered that the internet connection at the Harbor Hub-- the hillside connection for Pier B, GLA, Harborcam, Hillside cam, and Bayfront has become intermittent.  Next week, I will have the internet provider switch out the modem and see if the issue is corrected.   I will look into the Wisconsin Point intermittent issue once this is resolved next week.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

CGC Mackinaw - Duluth - 03/21/19

The Big Mack was out breaking harbor ice this morning.  With 30mph winds and 50F temps, the ice won't last long. The Lakers will begin moving out tomorrow. Check website.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

CGC Alder arrived Duluth 03/20/2019

CGC Alder arrived Duluth this evening to start cracking ice in its home port.

CG Mackinaw arrived Duluth 03/20/19

CG Mackinaw arrived Duluth this evening to kick off the 2019 shipping season.

CG Cutter Arrival

The Cutter Mackinaw and Alder will be arriving about 1800. I will be adjusting the cameras accordingly.

Silver Bay Cams Update

There is still a lot of frost and snow on the ground. I hope to have the Silver Bay Cams installed by May 1st.


Have a look inside the CG Mackinaw

A view of inside the CG Mackinaw.

CG Cutters arriving today!

The CG Cutter Mackinaw and Alder will be arriving Duluth later today to break out the big boats.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Last Day of Winter - Sunrise 03/19/2019

Daylight hours are now the same length as night. --- Enjoy!

Shipping Update - 03/19/19

The CGC Mackinaw, Samual Risley, and CGC Alder are currently locking through the Soo and will be entering Lake Superior today.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Morning Minute - Lake Superior Sunrise 03/17/2019

Color, ice, clouds, and water all came together this morning for a beautiful St, Patrick's Day sunrise.

Lake Superior Ice Cover Rapidly Decreasing

The ice cover in Lake Superior is rapidly decreasing with the warming temperatures. We should start seeing blue water on the horizon soon.
Ice will mainly be in the harbors by the end of the week.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard will begin Lake Superior ice-breaking operations next week

The U.S. Coast Guard will begin Lake Superior icebreaking operations on March 20.

The cutters Alder and Mackinaw will enter Lake Superior around Wednesday, March 20, to begin ice-breaking for the upcoming shipping season. They will begin in Whitefish Bay, on the far eastern part of the lake, and eventually, make their way to Duluth-Superior.

The Soo Locks are scheduled to open on March 25.

See more info on
Seen more info on Duluth News Tribune
CGC Alder -

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Canal Cam update!

Update: 3/8/2018 - 14:30 --- Complete - I will be tweaking the image over the next few days.
Thanks to all who donated to the new camera.

Tomorrow Friday, March 8th, I will be working on replacing the Canal Cam between 12:00 and 16:00.  You can expect the camera to be offline during that time.  With any luck, the new cam will be up and running later in the day.

Sorry for the inconvenience,

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tales from the Harborcams - Sometimes ice fishing can be hard work

Over several hours this morning, these guys worked like crazy to get a little fishing in -- hopefully, they caught something.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Tales from the harborcams - Two Harbors Airboat 03/02/2019

I watched the Two Harbors cam on Saturday, March 2, and watched a couple men go out on the lake in an Air Boat, like they use in the Everglades. I wanted to relay the experience I had watching something so unusual. These guys worked so hard getting ready for their fishing trip and it looked like they were taking everything but the kitchen sink. I was so shocked after watching them for close to an hour when they almost "flew" out onto the lake in this Air Boat. I had to laugh thinking I would love to know what they would think about an old 85-year-old lady, who lives about 30 miles west of Baltimore, Md. had been watching this very long procedure that morning. They must be a very die-hard fisherman to go to all that trouble just to go fishing, especially in the winter time. I really enjoy all the Duluth web cams and watch them quite a lot. Especially love to watch in the summer as the big ships come into the channel. Thanks for providing such fun enjoyment.

Joy Hild

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Which saltie will be first in 2019?

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The FIRST first ship/saltie to arrive after the St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959 was the Ramon de Larrinaga (arrived May 3, 1959). Get out your crystal ball and see if you can predict the exact date and time the very first oceangoing vessel (“saltie”) of the 2019 shipping season will sail into the Port of Duluth-Superior beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge. Visit the Visit Duluth Contest page HERE for more info.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Morning Minute - 03/01/2019

This timelapse packs 90 minutes of this morning's beautiful sunrise into one minute. - Enjoy!