Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year 2021 - State of the Harborcams!

 As we end another year of Harborcam Operations, I would like to wish everyone a Happy 2021 and take a minute to update you on where we are and where we are going in 2021.

First off, "thank you" to the great Moderators on the chat site and the many visitors who support the camera operations throughout the year, especially for camera replacements and upgrades.

The harbor cams have been operating for 15 years now, and every year is exciting and challenging. The fun of watching weather, sunrises, boats, wildlife, and people becomes an addiction after a while. 

Especially in 2020, the cameras have proven to be a virtual escape to those who had travel restrictions. 

While I have little technical abilities and less business sense, this site's primary purpose is to share with visitors the beauty of Western Lake Superior, and somehow, it seems to work.

Camera Operations - all eleven cameras have worked amazingly well during 2020, and they have held up during storms, cold, heat, and sun. My hope is for continued reliability during 2021.

In 2021, I plan to replace the bridge cam since it the oldest camera on the system now. I will have to run a fundraiser when I do this project. I am sure there will be other routine failures that I will deal with as they arise.

I also hope to upgrade the camera resolution on the canal cam with higher internet speeds now available.

Happy New Year! We have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to look forward to in 2021!

God Bless!   Den

American Spirit arrived in Duluth 12/31/2020

American Spirit arrived in Duluth this afternoon to load iron ore pellets.

Stewart J Cort departed, Algoma Guardian arrived Superior, Baie Comeau d...

Stewart J Cort departed, Algoma Guardian arrived Superior, Baie Comeau departed Duluth

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Michipicoten departed Duluth on 12/29/2020

Michipicoten departed Duluth at noon today with a load of iron ore pellets. The CGC Alder cleared a path.

Horn added from the previous voyage.

Blizzard 12/23/2020

One of the most powerful blizzards in years blew into the region last Wednesday. For the storm watchers out there, here are a few minutes of the storm as it passed through Canal Park here in Duluth MN.

Friday, December 25, 2020

The Algoma Intrepid backs out of the Duluth Shipping Canal 12/25/2020

In an unusual maneuver, the 650 ft Algoma Intrepid captain decided to avoid the harbor ice and back his way out of the Duluth Harbor this afternoon.
Even the typical boat/bridge salute was backward.  
The Intrepid was built in 2020. 

Sea Smoke Sunrise at the Canal 12/25/2020 (Timelapse)

Cold air (-10F) moving over the relatively warm waters of Lake Superior lifts sea smoke into the sky to mix with the light of a Christmas Day sunrise. 
A present from Heaven!

Notice how the ice flow changes direction from the beginning to the end of the 90 min time frame.

Merry Christmas!

Music by: Dan Henig

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Monday, December 21, 2020

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Drawsko departed FEDERAL OSHIMA arrived in Duluth 12/15/2020

Drawsko departed FEDERAL OSHIMA arrived in Duluth this evening.

Bentleyville Tour of Light 2020 - Interactive 360 Drive through

Bentleyville "Tour of Lights" is a wonderful Holiday display located in the heart of Duluth. This is the first year where you can drive through rather than walk and by every measure has proven to be a success, especially for those not able to walk the sometimes snowy sidewalk. This video was taken using a 360 degree camera and allows you to use your cursor device on a desktop, or, your finger on a mobile device to move the scene and look in any direction you like. note: hold your finger down to keep the display looking where you want. You can find more information about Bentleyville at

Algoma Enterprise departed, Mitiq arrived in Duluth 12/15/2020

Algoma Enterprise departed, Mitiq arrived in Duluth early this morning.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Cason J Callaway arrived Duluth, Burns Harbor arrived Superior 11/26/2020

Cason J Callaway arrived in Duluth with limestone, Burns Harbor arrived in Superior to load iron pellets. Notice the crew waving a large hand on the bridge of the Callaway.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Thursday, November 19, 2020

New Wisconsin Point Breakwall

 With work wrapping up on the new Wisconsin Point (Minnesota side) breakwall, I thought a few photos would give you a good perspective of the massive project that took months to complete. Nice Work!

Miedwie departed Duluth 11/19/2020

Miedwie departed Duluth this evening loaded with wheat.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

Saturday, November 14, 2020

November Sunrise 11/14/2020 (timelapse)

Lake Superior sunrises tend to sneak up on you. The breathtaking beauty is best captured in timelapse photography and this morning was an incredible display of God's Glory!

Dorothy Ann, Manitoulin arrived Duluth, Stewart J Cort arrived Superior ...

Dorothy Ann, Manitoulin arrived Duluth, Stewart J Cort arrived Superior early this morning.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Arthur M Anderson Master Salute to the Edmund Fitzgerald 11/10/2020

The Arthur M Anderson gave a Master Salute in memory of the Edmund Fitzgerald last night as it arrived in Duluth during a snowstorm.
The Anderson was following the Edmund Fitzgerald 45 years ago during a blinding snowstorm and was the last boat to make contact with the Fitz before it sank with all 29 crew.  (may the rest in peace)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

November 10th, Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial- Split Rock Lighthouse

This evening at Split Rock Lighthouse is the annual event that commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on November 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks.

The ceremony will be online this year broadcast from Split Rock Lighthouse at 4:30PM CST

Monday, November 9, 2020

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth 11/08/2020

Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth this afternoon to load iron ore pellets.

Sider Amy & Hon James L Oberstar arrived Duluth 11/08/2020

Sider Amy & Hon James L Oberstar arrived Duluth early this morning.
Sider Amy for grain a Hon James L Oberstar with limestone.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

James R Barker arrived Duluth 11/03/2020

James R Barker arrived Duluth Tuesday evening with a Master Salute on a warm and moonlit Autumn evening.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Ewin H Gott arrived Two Harbors 11/03/2020

Edwin H Gott arrived at Two Harbors early this morning to load iron ore pellets.

H Lee White & MAASGRACHT departed Duluth 11/03/2020

H Lee White & MAASGRACHT departed Duluth this morning on a calm and warm November morning.

Just Picking Rocks at Canal Park - Duluth

In an effort the protect the shoreling from future storms, large rocks were added to the shoreline Monday.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Old and The New

With so many wind turbine components arriving through the Duluth Port, it is interesting to note that making electricity from the wind has been around since 1888.

American Integrity arrived Duluth 10/21/2020

American Integrity arrived Duluth this morning to load coal.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

BBC Thames departed Duluth 10/17/2020

With a rather interesting horn sound, the BBC Thames departed Duluth after unloaded wind turbine parts.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

BBC Song arrived Duluth 10/17/2020

BBC Song arrived Duluth this afternoon to unload wind turbine blades.

The following timelapse is from last year when the BBC Song was unloading blades, it was named the Industrial Song at that time.

Large wind turbine blades being unloaded from the freighter Industrial Song at the Duluth Port over a two day period.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Friday, October 9, 2020

Mesabi Miner departed Duluth 10/09/2020

Mesabi Miner departed Duluth this morning with a load of iron ore pellets.

Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth 10/09/2020

Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth Duluth early this morning with enough coal to power a small town for a year.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Trudy arrived Duluth 10/07/2020

Trudy arrived Duluth this afternoon to load bentonite clay.

Harborcam October Fundraiser!

 Hi everyone,

FYI, for the past years, we have been doing a fundraiser for the camera internet services, however, I think I have enough saved up to cover the costs on a monthly basis and will not have to do the fundraiser this year.

If a camera fails and needs to be replaced, I will ask once again for help.

I am very thankful that the cameras have been operating fine over the past year and expenses have been reasonable.

Thanks so much for your generosity,


Hon James L Oberstar arrived Duluth 10/07/2020

Hon James L Oberstar arrived Duluth early this morning with a load of limestone.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Monday, September 28, 2020

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

Milky Way Timelapse over Lake Superior

With the longer night of September, the Milky Way becomes more visible over Lake Superior. The lights in the background is Two Harbors on the North Shore.

American Century arrived Two Harbors 09/18/2020

American Century arrived Two Harbors early this morning to load iron ore pellets.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Autumn Sunrise over Lake Superior 09/16/2020 (timelapse)

The seasons are changing rapidly now with the longer nights and cooler temps.
This morning's sunrise over Lake Superior was particularly beautiful!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Friday, September 11, 2020

Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth 09/11/2020

Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth this afternoon with a load of coal.

Multiple boats arrived and departed overnight 09/11/2020

Walter J McCarthy Jr arrived
Narie departed
Iryda departed
BBC Russia departed
Zea Servant arrived
H Lee White arrived
Paul R Tregurth arrived
Walter J McCarthy R departed

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Monday, August 31, 2020

Right-of-Way - 42 ft Pilgrim vs 1000ft American Integrity 08/31/20

The 1000 ft American Integrity arrived as the 42ft Pilgrim made it's way across the Duluth Harbor. Putting thing into perspective.

Pilgrim arrived Superior/Duluth 08/31/2020

Pilgrim arrived Superior/Duluth this morning.
Read more Here:

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Update: Pilgrim Voyage

Information provided by Richard Cary and John Kucko , photos by John Kucko Digital

From Russia with Love (update):  The Russian sailors traveling “around the world” continue to make their way along Lake Superior toward Duluth, Minnesota.  Captain Sergey (pictured here) reports they battled weather yesterday and were navigating through wind and rain a good part of the voyage.  The weather challenges have slowed them down, they are currently moored near Ontonagon, Michigan.  He estimates they will now arrive in Duluth, their Russian sister city, Monday evening or Tuesday.  “The winds are often head-on,” says Sergey Sinelnik, “we have to catch the weather windows for small sailings.”  As always, major thank you to crew mate Alexei for his digital prowess in providing me images, allowing for my documentation to continue.  The Pilgrim, a pine wood replica of an 18th century Russian vessel, has been on this adventure for two years—over 11,700 nautical miles.  They will stay in Duluth for about three weeks before putting the Pilgrim on a truck and transporting it to Seattle.  It’s in Seattle where they will enter the Pacific Ocean and proceed to Alaska—before returning home to Russia.  What a journey!  I first stumbled into these brave souls little more than three weeks ago as they passed through the Finger Lakes Region and WNY on the Erie Canal.  I followed them until they hit the open waters of Lake Erie, bid them farewell and am able to keep track of them thanks to Alexei.  Something tells me our paths will cross again—stay tuned!  More updates to follow..

Duluth News Tribune article link

Herbert C Jackson arrived Duluth 08292020

Herbert C Jackson arrived Duluth this evening with a load of limestone.

Alanis departed Duluth 08/29/2020

Alanis departed Duluth this afternoon with a belly full of wheat.

Hon James L Oberstar and Keith arrived Duluth 08/29/2020

Hon James L Oberstar and Keith arrived Duluth this morning for iron pellets and to offload wind turbine parts.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Monday, August 24, 2020

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Indiana Harbor departed Duluth 08/23/2020

Indiana Harbor departed Duluth this afternoon with enough coal to produce an equivalent amount of energy as 40 large wind turbines can produce in a year.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth 08/22/2020

Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth this afternoon to load coal.

Rock Picking along Lake Superior 08/22/2020

The Inn on Lake Superior Cam has been interesting to watch lately with the rebuilding of the lake walk in full progress.

Paul R Tregurtha and Irma departed Duluth 08/21/2020

Paul R Tregurtha and Irma departed Duluth Friday evening

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Tuesday, August 18, 2020