Tuesday, April 30, 2019

John J Boland arrived Duluth 04/30/2019

John J Boland arrived Duluth this afternoon loaded with limestone.

Ed Culbertson Memorial (52 years ago)

If you happened to be watching the Canal Cam about noon today, you may have noticed a small group of people standing in front of a plaque on the pier break wall.

The plaque was placed there in honor of Ed Culbertson, a Coast Guardsman who gave his life, 52 years ago, trying to save three young brothers who became trapped on the pier during a fierce storm.

Capt Tom Mackay
Capt. Tom Mackay, talked about his friend Ed, who perished that night and reminded the news media of the bravery and valor that is often forgotten over time. Tom wanted to make sure Ed will be remembered.
Coast Guard

The words on the plaque read:

Silver Bay - Springtime Snow 04/29/2019

Heavy snowfall on the North Shore of Lake Superior is not unusual this time of year. Some areas of the North Shore received more than a foot of snow yesterday.

Indiana Harbor arrived Superior 04/30/19

Indiana Harbor arrived Superior through the Lake Superior ice pack that blew back in overnight.

A reminder that the days start getting shorter in 6 weeks.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

CSL TADOUSSAC departed Superior 04/427/19

CSL TADOUSSAC departed Superior this evening.

New Bayfront Cam

Based on your opinion I have installed a new Bayfront Cam.

We had enough money in the camera fund, thanks to your generosity, to pay for the camera without a fundraiser.

Happy boat watching!

CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT departed Dululth 04/27/2019

CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT departed Duluth this morning into a beautiful sunrise.

Monday, April 22, 2019

James R Barker arrived Superior 04/22/2019

James R Barker arrived Superior this evening to load iron.

Presque Isle departed Duluth 04/22/2019

Presque Isle departed Duluth this afternoon for Two Harbors.

Two Harbors Boat Launch Cam - Intermittent!

Update-04/22/19-12:00 -- Hopefully the bug is gone and the cam stream improves now.

4/22/2019 - 08:00 The Two Harbors Boat Launch Cam has picked up a bit of a bug and has become quite intermittent.  I will be checking into it.

Hon James L Oberstar arrived Duluth 04/22/2019

Hon James L Oberstar arrived Duluth early this morning to load iron

Paul R Tregurtha and American Integrity departed, Presque Isle arrived D...

Paul R Tregurtha and American Integrity departed, Presque Isle arrived Duluth Sunday evening.

Paul R Tregurtha and American Integrity departed, Presque Isle arrived D...

Paul R Tregurtha and American Integrity departed, Presque Isle arrived Duluth Sunday evening.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Maria G departed Duluth 04/17/2019

Maria G departed Duluth for Italy with a load of Midwest wheat. Must be for some fancy pizza!

Silver Bay Marina - 04/17/19

Daybreak at Silver Bay Marina. Summer is right around the corner!

Before the Rain -- Sunrise Timelapse 04/17/2019

Red Sky in the Morning- Sailors Take Warning-- With a saturated atmosphere, the color red indicates incoming rain. (as in the forecast)

Monday, April 15, 2019

Presque Isle - by: Christian Dalbec

Christian took this image this morning in Two Harbors.  Beautiful.
You can see more of Christians work at:https://www.christiandalbecphotography.com/

Lee A Tregurtha arrived Duluth 04/15/19

Lee A Tregurtha arrived Duluth early this evening to load iron.

Edgar B Speer departed Duluth 04/15/19

Edgar B Speer departed Duluth this afternoon.

Roger Blough arrived Duluth 4/15/2019

Roger Blough arrived Duluth thi morning sporting a new coat of paint.

Morning Boats in Duluth 04/15/2019

John J Boland, American Spirit, James R Barker, Paul R Tregurtha, Roger Blough and American Integrity all passed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning and all saluted to the joy of the boat watchers.

Maria G arrived Duluth 04/15/19

Maria G arrived Duluth this morning as the first ocean-going vessel of the season.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Algoma Discovery departed, CSL TADOUSSAC arrived Superior 04/14/19

Algoma Discovery departed, CSL TADOUSSAC arrived Superior on a beautiful April evening.

Gooseberry Falls State Park in White

Spring runoff is a great time to visit the most popular waterfalls on the North Shore.  I took a walk around the falls just after the latest spring snowfall and found it to be a delightful little hike.

American Courage arrived Silver Bay 04/14/19

American Courage arrived Silver Bay this afternoon backing in behind the H Lee White.

Edgar B Speer arrived Duluth 04/14/2019

Edgar B Speer arrived Duluth early this morning.

Stunning Sunrise Timelapse 04/14/19

Sometimes the sunrises over Lake Superior take your breath away --- This morning was one of those days. - It's a good day to be alive!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Stewart J Cort departed, RT Hon Paul R Martin arrived Superior 04/13/19

Stewart J Cort departed, RT Hon Paul R Martin arrived Superior 04/13/19

State of the Harborcams - After the Storm

Just thought I would review of where the Harborcams stand after the storm.

Camera's - amazingly, all 11 cams stayed operational through the sustained 50-60 MPH winds -- I have to give AXIS credit for making good cameras. I am especially surprised that the Wisconsin Point cam stayed operational-that camera is wide open to the winds.

Internet connections -- There are lots of things that can go wrong with the internet connection and often does. My hope is that most of the cams stay up and do not get bogged down with internet traffic and poor connections. That said, there were times during this past storm when connections were intermittent and poor. Hopefully, with technology advances, things get better in the future.

Ship Alerts - I still do ship alerts when I am at my desk and notice them coming -- not always the best indicator.  Between the Ship Alerts, Boat Schedule Page and the AIS Pages, you should have a good idea when to expect activity.

Marine Scanner -- I have installed the best scanner and antenna I could find and hopefully, it is better than the old one.

Video Recordings -- I try to get the recordings up on the website when able, however, sometimes I am tied up and not able to do it. If you have a particular boat recording that you want, let me know and I will get it for you if possible.

Website -- The duluthharborcam.com website is hosted by Google Blogger. It doesn't have a lot of options to customize the comments and I cannot change the order in which they are presented. While Blogger is very limited, it is free.  In the past, even with paid sites, I would often get my account suspended due to high traffic.  Maybe next year I will try something else.

Response to comments -- I apologize for not always responding to comments -- I often fall asleep before getting to them and then I forget about them.

My thoughts -- I hope to keep the cams going for a long time as I get tremendous satisfaction from knowing folks are enjoying them.  I spend a lot of time on them, but, do try to keep a balance with other responsibilities.

I really, really appreciate all of the folks who help support these cams -- I consider myself the caretaker of your cams and while there are lots of glitches along the way -- I will do my best to keep them running.


Walter J McCarthy Jr - Emergency Go-Around 04/13/19

This morning when a traffic gate on the Lift Bridge froze -- the bridge had to return down to reset it.  The professionalism of the Bridge Operator and the McCarthy Jr Captain make it seem like no big deal - all in a days work.

Stewart J Cort arrived Superior 04/13/19

Stewart J Cort arrived Superior this afternoon.

Walter J McCarthy Jr, American Integrity, Michipicoten and Philip R Clar...

Walter J McCarthy Jr, American Integrity, Michipicoten, and Philip R Clarke all arrived Duluth this morning.

American Century arrived Silver Bay 04/13/2019

American Century arrived Silver Bay early this morning

Friday, April 12, 2019

CSL Laurentien departed Two Harbors 04/12/2019

CSL Laurentien departed Two Harbors this afternoon -- seems like a return to winter shipping.

Wild Times in Canal Park - Noreaster 04/11/2019

A classic Noreaster ripped through the Northland yesterday. This video shows the progression of the storm as the day progressed.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Lake Superior - April Noreaster 2019

A trip up the North Shore during a good Noreaster is always an enjoyable adventure.

CSL LAURENTIEN arrived Two Harbors 04/10/2019

CSL LAURENTIEN arrived Two Harbors Wednesday Evening.

Gale Warning = Big Waves!

East gales to 45 knots increasing to storm force winds to 60 knots in the afternoon. A chance of snow through early afternoon, then snow by mid-afternoon. Waves building to 15 to 20 feet occasionally to 25 feet.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Silver Bay Cam is Now Live

Thanks to all of you who donated to this new camera. Silver Bay Marina will be a great addition to our viewing options and offers incredible views of not only the large boats going into the North Shore Mining operation but, also the marina that is such a good example of life on the lake.

There is a link the camera on the side menu and also HERE.   I will adjust the camera view depending on what is happening and the camera will also be set to do a rotation several times per hour.  I will also turn the camera to view the boats going into North Shore Mining and storm views when able.


Drone photo from 2018

Winter Storm Warning!

Classic Noreaster moving in.

In a replay of last years powerful winter storm that damaged the Lakewalk and caused other damage, we can expect the same scenario tomorrow with waves approaching 20 ft and winds in excess of 60MPH with heavy snow.

The power of Lake Superior will be on full display! Boats will be sheltering by this evening.

Hang on to your hats!

View images from last years storm

Algoma Spirit departed Superior 04/10/2019

Algoma Spirit departed Superior early this morning.

CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT arrived Duluth 04/10/2019

CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT arrived Duluth this morning to load iron pellets

Herbert C Jackson arrived Duluth 04/09/2019

Herbert C Jackson arrived Duluth Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Friday, April 5, 2019

Oakglen arrived Duluth 04/05/19

Oakglen arrived Duluth this afternoon to load iron pellets.

Silver Bay Cam project Update!

If the weather holds, we will be installing the new Silver Bay Cam next week. I have decided to go with a high-end camera that can pan @ zoom.  This will allow us to change the viewing direction with a single camera instead of the original two cam plan which was more difficult and technical to install.

I will keep you posted on the progress.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Jeffery The Gull Back -04/03/19

Hi fans, for those who don't know me, I'm Jeffery the Gull and I hang out here on the Great Lakes Aquarium roof where harborcam visitors can view my beautiful plumage.  Amelia and I just got back into town and have been feasting on some wonderful dead fish left over from the ice fishermen.

Amelia is over checking out a nesting area and I just stopped by to say hi.   Well, we'll be seeing you around town!

Arthur M Anderson Returning to Service

Yesterday, the Arthur M Anderson was moved from the CNN Ore Docks in Duluth to the Fraser Shipyard in Superior for drydock inspections prior to returning to service later this year.

The Anderson had been docked for the past two seasons due to a slow iron market, but, will be returned to service because of the improving market conditions.

There is no official date for its return.

Algoma Discovery departed Two Harbors 04/03/2019

Algoma Discovery departed Two Harbors early this morning.

American Mariner arrived Superior 04/03/19

American Mariner arrived Superior early this morning.