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

Victory departed Duluth on 12/30/2020

Victory departed Duluth this afternoon with a little help from his friend.

H Lee White arrived in Duluth 12/30/2020

H Lee White arrived in Duluth this afternoon.

Fox making the midnight rounds of Canal Park in Duluth 12/29/20

By request - A local fox stopped by Canal Park overnight checking out various trash cans for goodies. It ended up hiding under the tug.

The Great Republic arrived in Duluth 12/30/2020

The Great Republic arrived in Duluth this afternoon to load iron ore pellets.

Erie Trader departed Duluth 12/30/2020

Erie Trader departed Duluth this late morning with a coating of heavy ice.

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

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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.

Friday, December 11, 2020

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020