Sunday, June 26, 2022

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Paul R Tregurtha arrived in Duluth 06/23/2022

Paul R Tregurtha arrived in Duluth this afternoon to load coal.

James R Barker arrived in Duluth 06/23/2022

James R Barker arrived in Duluth this evening with a master salute to stun the large crowd of spectators on a warm summer evening. The Barker will load iron ore pellets.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Two Harbors Cam Upgrade Honor Roll

Thank to the Harbor Cam supporters who donated, and to all the members and visitors to this site who continue to be generous and supportive. The new camera is order and I will be working on installation as soon as possible

Monday, June 20, 2022

Spartan Barge/Tug departed Duluth 06/20/22

Spartan Barge/Tug departed Duluth this afternoon empty.

Hon James L Oberstar departed Duluth 06/20/2022

Hon James L Oberstar departed Duluth this afternoon after unloading limestone.

Two Harbors Boat Launch Camera Upgrade

 In preparations for the upcoming Tall Ships Festival in Two Harbors the first week of August, it would be great to have a movable, more powerful camera that can view different directions, much like the Lighthouse cam.

I will soon be starting a fundraiser for $3000 to be able to replace the existing camera prior the the festival.

 I believe it would be a great upgrade to existing camera and I should be able to get the work done over the next few weeks.

Thank You!


Thursday, June 16, 2022

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Ocean Navigator departed Duluth 06/11/22

After a quick visit, Ocean Navigator departed Duluth this evening.

Ocean Navigator arrived in Duluth 06/11/2022

The passenger ship Ocean Navigator arrived in Duluth for a quick one day stop on its way around the Great Lakes.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

John G Munson departed Duluth 06/06/2022

John G Munson departed Duluth on a beautiful Monday evening loaded with iron ore pellets.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Monday, May 30, 2022

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Federal Ruhr departed Duluth 5/28 /2022

Federal Ruhr departed Duluth this afternoon after unloading cement and is headed to Thunder Bay to load grain.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Monday, May 23, 2022

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

 Contractor Wren Works has moved equipment into position to salvage the sunken tug Lake Superior (privately owned). Duluth-5/18/2022

Image provide by David Schauer

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Tug CANDACE ELISE departed Duluth 05/16/2022

Tug CANDACE ELISE departed Duluth Monday evening. After pushing the barge Robert F Deegan out of the harbor, it switched over and stated towing the barge across Lake Superior.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Spartan Tug Barge arrived in Duluth 05/03/2022

Spartan/Spartan Barge II arrived in Duluth a barge full of calcium chloride used for dust control during road construction

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Arthur M Anderson arrived in Duluth 04/30/2022

Arthur M Anderson arrived in Duluth this morning loaded with limestone.

Wavy Departure - Mesabi Miner departed Duluth 04/30/2022

1000ft Mesabi Miner plowed through high waves in the Duluth shipping canal and onto Lake Superior as a gale was brewing up.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Monday, April 25, 2022

Wisconsin Point Camera Status

 The power cable going to Wisconsin Point has failed, possible under the bay. Unfortunately, I do not see a possibility to maintain the Wisconsin Point camera any time in the near future, so, in order to prevent any vandalism to the new camera, I am going to remove it and use it elsewhere, probably Two Harbors.

Sorry about this situation, but, who knows, it may be back in the future better than ever.


Hon James L Oberstar arrived in Duluth 04/25/2022

Hon James L Oberstar arrived in Duluth this morning loaded with limestone.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Eeborg arrived in Duluth 04/23/2022

The ocean freighter Eeborg was shoved into the Duluth Shipping Canal this afternoon by strong east winds. The Eeborg will be loading beet pellets in Superior.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

James R Barker arrived in Duluth this afternoon to load iron ore pellets.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Friday, April 15, 2022

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

First Saltie of the season - Resko arrived in Duluth 04/13/2022

Resko nearly got stuck in the ice as it entered the Duluth Shipping Canal in through thick ice. Springtime in Duluth!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

James R Barker arrived in Duluth 04/12/2022

James R Barker arrived in Duluth this afternoon to load iron ore pellet.

Jeffery's Home! 04/12/2022

The main nesting area of the local gull populations is just offshore from the Blatnik Bridge.

Jeffery the Gull is back - 04/12/2022

After spending the winter down south with the rest of the "snowbirds" Jeffery and Amelia have returned to show off in front of the GLA camera.

Evening Departure - Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth 04/11/2022

Paul R Tregurtha departed Duluth overnight loaded with coal.

Sunrise on the Canal - (timelapse) 04/12/2022

“Cherish the times you can watch the sunrise, there’s only so many in a lifetime.” Unknown author

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Friday, April 8, 2022

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Snowy Arrival - Arthur M Anderson arrived in Duluth 04/07/2022

Arthur M Anderson arrived in Duluth this morning to load iron ore pellets.

American Century departed Duluth 04/07/2022

American Century departed Duluth this morning loaded with coal.

John G Munson departed Duluth 04/07/2022

John G Munson departed Duluth this morning loaded with iron ore pellets.

Presque Isle arrived in Duluth 04/07/2022

Presque Isle arrived in Duluth for a short stop prior to heading up to Two Harbors.

Breaking up is Hard to Do! - CGC Hollyhock - Duluth - 04/06/22

Strong off-lake winds packed ice into the Duluth canal entrance making for some hard work for the CGC Hollyhock as it made three passes to open the shipping lane for the American Century.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Monday, April 4, 2022

Friday, April 1, 2022

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The Situation in Whitefish Bay - by Eric Holst

 The Situation in Whitefish Bay

 by Eric Holst, Monday, March 28 at 9:14 PM

There could very well be a 12' deep ridge of wind-rowed ice out at the edge of the ice field. Wind-rowed brash ice can pile up even deeper than that in certain situations One such situation would be exactly what we've got at the boundary between Whitefish Bay and the larger expanse of Lake Superior: the edge of a thick ice field that's had all winter to establish itself, which is then subjected to a long time period of sustained large wave action beating against its outer edge, along with sustained wind blowing from the open water against the ice toward the bracing shoreline behind it.


That's not to say that there's somehow 12' of ice in the specific location where the up-bound ships have been lined up and waiting. They intentionally chose to heave-to and wait in the part of the ice field that's likely to remain "fast" (i.e. stable) plate ice throughout the wind/wave event of the last few days. It's also not the authorities' fault that the ships have been delayed, it's weather.


Copy & paste from an explanation I wrote up elsewhere online earlier today, which might be preaching to the choir, but might also provide some background:

Even today (March 28th) after winds have dropped below gale force, relatively robust northwesterly winds are still putting immense pressure on the field of ice in Whitefish Bay. Under those conditions it's not easy or wise for ships to try to move up-bound / against the wind / against the wind-driven pressure on the field of ice, especially if those up-bound ships are traveling empty. The ice at the edge of the field, after several days of strong on-shore (northwesterly) winds and waves like we've seen in recent days, can be transformed from thick, wide, stable plates of ice into "brash ice" - a chaotic jumble of huge chunks of ice that have been tossed by waves, broken up, rolled around, re-fused, and pushed on top of itself until the wind-rowed "ridge" of brash ice at the fringes of the field can be stacked ten, twenty, or even thirty feet deep -under- the water, like ice cubes stacking down into a glass of water as more ice cubes get added to the top of the drink. If an empty ship, riding relatively high in the water, tries to fight that brash ice while it's still actively under wind pressure (in this case, northwest winds are blowing from the direction that does the trick in Whitefish Bay), said empty ship could end up with ice underneath her and get very, very stuck.


So what the up-bound ships and the icebreakers have been doing over the past few days is very wisely waiting for the winds to abate/change direction. They're waiting in a good spot - further back/south from the edge of Whitefish Bay, where the ice is still more in big stable plate form and easier/safer to hold position in. What seems to be unfolding now is that several down-bound loaded ships have arrived near the edge of the ice field. They have likely begun to encounter brash ice at the edge of the field and proceeded until they can no longer make progress through the ice. Where you see them now is not where they have gone to anchor, but where they have come to a stop in the ice. Seems as though the icebreakers are attempting to escort those down-bound ships through the ice first. There are a number of advantages to that strategy given the current situation. Loaded ships sit deeper in the water and have a better chance of handling thick, deep accumulations of brash ice. These ships are traveling in the same direction the wind is currently blowing, which might make it easier for them to fight their way through the worst of the brash ice zones at the edge of the ice field. The first two loaded/downbound ships also happen to be the two freighters with more horsepower than any other ships on the Lakes - the Edwin H. Gott and Edgar B. Speer. Those ship's horsepower make them some of the best candidates for freighters that can handle heavy ice conditions. That, combined with the fact that they're loaded and traveling with the winds, makes them a better "bet" for icebreakers to work with first, while the northwest winds and cold temperatures are still making conditions challenging.


A change in wind direction can make for a world of difference in whether or not ships can navigate a field of ice, especially in areas where previous winds and waves from the opposite direction have formed thick ridges/zones of deeply-stacked brash ice chunks. Warmer weather doesn't hurt either. At Whitefish Bay, both a warm-up in air temps. and a change in winds to a nearly opposite direction from past few days' wind event are forecast to begin developing on Tuesday. Sometimes within minutes or just a few hours of the moment that shoreward wind pressure is removed from an ice field, and winds either calm or switch to an off-shore directions, ships are suddenly able to transit the recently formidable ice with relative ease, especially when there are escort icebreakers around. If the wind switch indeed unfolds tomorrow (Tuesday, March 29th) as forecast, the up-bound convoy would likely be able to get moving.


Other previously mentioned factors have also figured in the Coast Guard icebreakers' decision-making process over the last few days. Unseasonably cold temperatures and visibility reduction from wind-driven snow have also made conditions more challenging and added to the stack of factors that led to the Coast Guard having the up-bound convoy sit tight. Such situations are relatively common early and late in the shipping season on the Great Lakes. What's new is that we're gaining an increasingly to-the-minute, detailed, up-close view of such a situation as it unfolds, and more and more people are gaining the ability to ask questions about what's going on. With the proliferation of social media information and opportunities for commentary and interaction comes an impetus to spread good information and encourage interest from the general public based on accurate information and positive engagement!

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Burns Harbor - First Departure of 2022 Season - 03/27/2022

The 1000 Ft Burns Harbor pushed through broken up harbor ice to sound a Master Salute as the first commercial boat departure from Duluth this season.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Turning in the Ice Fields - Burns Harbor 03/24/2022

The 1000 Ft Burns Harbor pushed it way through the turning basin ice field as it backed its way into the CN or docks for loading iron ore pellets in the first load of the season.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Boat Update

Ice cutters will be here by the end of this week and the big boats probably next week.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

State of the Harbor Cams 03/15/2022

 As we enter a new season with fifteen cameras to view, my hope is that everyone will be able to have a window to the harbor that is better than ever.  My plan is to upgrade each camera every five years which means an upgrade of three cameras a year. 

In 2022, we have replaced the Wisconsin Point Cam (still waiting for power to be restored) and installed the AMI Connors Point Cam.  I plan on upgrading two more cameras this year, the Great Lakes Aquarium cam (GLA) and Two Harbors Depot as these are now the oldest on the system.  GLA cam is scheduled for June and Two Harbors after that.

Of course, there will always be breakdowns and failures, but, with the 5-year upgrade cycle, I hope to stay ahead of most unplanned trouble.

Enjoy the 2022 Season!


Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Springtime Preparations

Boats are being prepared now for the upcoming season. The boats will be moving in a few weeks.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Just another day at the Canal. (timelapse sunrise) 3/8/2022

Open water, sweeping clouds and changing colors of another day on Lake Superior. 90 minutes of the breaking day packed into a few minutes.

Friday, March 4, 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Wisconsin Point replacement Cam Honor Roll

Thank you to these folks who generously donated to replace to Wisconsin Point Camera which recently failed. The camera should be installed by opening shipping.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Sunrise Time-lapse 02/24/2022

There are few things more beautiful then a Lake Superior sunrise and when you take two hours and pack it into a few minutes it magnifies the beauty. Enjoy this mornings sunrise!

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Harbor Photographer - Paul Scinocca

With many years of wonderful harbor photography under his belt, Paul Scinocca keeps capturing the essence of Lake Superior and the Duluth-Superior Harbor. You can find more of Paul's work on his Facebook page at:

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Wisconsin Point Camera Replacement!

Wisconsin Point Camera Replacement

Update: 2/27/2022 - The new camera is installed and waiting for power to be restored to the WP Pier by the COrps of Engineers.

Update: 2/18/2022 - I'm am so grateful to the 68 viewers who donated a total of $2594 in a day.
I will order the camera and hope to get it up before shipping begins in March.

2/16/2022 - The Wisconsin Point Camera failed after four years of reliable service. The camera is located at the end of the Wisconsin Point Pier.  It happens that I was planning on replacing the camera this year anyway. Wisconsin Point is a unique location and a new camera is certainly worth it. 

The good thing is, all of the support systems are working, so the replacement should be relatively easy. 

Depending on camera availability and weather, my goal is to have the camera up and running by April 2022, sooner if things fall together.

As always, thank your generous and faithful support of the harborcams.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Lake Superior Ice Festival 2022 - Ice Carousel

What do Northlanders do in January? Build an Ice Carousel as part of the Lake Superior Ice Festival.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Harbor Photography - David & Gus Schauer

David and his son Gus have been taking fantastic images of the harbor for years now and add greatly to the enjoyment of seeing the harbor from interesting and creative perspectives.
You can see more of their work on Facebook at:

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

American Steamship Company - Parade of Boats (updated)

American Steamship Company - Updated - added John J Boland GREAT LAKES VESSELS Length (feet) Capacity (gross tons) M/V American Spirit 1004' 62,400 M/V Burns Harbor 1000' 80,900 M/V Indiana Harbor 1000' 80,900 M/V Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. 1000' 80,900 M/V American Century 1000' 78,850 M/V American Integrity 1000' 78,850 M/V American Mariner 730' 37,300 M/V H. Lee White 704' 35,400 M/V John J. Boland 680' 34,000 M/V Sam Laud 634 24,300 American Courage - not available

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Interlake Steamship Boats In Review

Interlake Steamship Company boats have been visitors to Duluth for over 100 years. Nine of the Ten Interlake boats visited the Port of Duluth/Superior during the past year and are a part of our nautical heritage.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Home For a Winters Rest - American Century arrived in Superior 01/17/2022

American Century arrived in Superior this afternoon to end the shipping season. Multiple tugs assisted the Century in breaking 2 foot thick ice on it's way to its slip.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Last Hurrah - Paul R Tregurtha arrived in Duluth 01/15/2022

Paul R Tregurtha arrived in Duluth this afternoon for winter layup. Thick ice slowed things down a bit.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Ice Escape - CSL ASSINIBOINE departed Superior 01/11/22

With the help of the tugs, the CSL ASSINIBOINE busted out of Superior ice loaded with iron ore pellets.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Ice Monster - American Mariner arrived in Duluth 01/09/2022

Emerging from the ice fog, the American Mariner arrived in Duluth this morning like a snotty-nosed kid coming in from the cold.

Friday, January 7, 2022

American Integrity arrived in Duluth 01/07/2022

American Integrity arrived in Duluth on 01/07/2022 to load iron ore pellets.

Paul R Tregurtha arrived in Duluth 01/07/2022

Paul R Tregurtha arrived in Duluth this afternoon loaded with ice to load coal.

Deep Winter Shipping - Edgar B Speer arrived in Duluth 01/07/2022

The 1000 ft Edgar B Speer arrived in Duluth on this rather chilly (-20F) morning to create an incredible winter scene at the Duluth Shipping Canal.