Sunday, December 31, 2023

State of Duluth Harborcams 2024

Thank you for another beautiful year of Harborcam Operations.


In 2023, we installed two new cameras, one (Western Haborcam) at Lincoln Middle School and another at the Port Terminal (Cargo Connect). These two cams play an essential part in complete Duluth Harbor coverage.

Some of the live Stream Moderators have taken over camera operations and are doing an excellent job, as well as Toni, who maintains the STOWS Schedule.

Another big thank you to the business and facilities that allow us to have a camera atop their buildings.

This includes the Maritime Visitor Center, Great Lakes Aquarium, Pier B Resort Hotel, Fairlawn Mansion, AMI, the Duluth School District, Two Harbors Chamber of Commerce, Lake County Historical Society, Superior Museums, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Another thank you goes to all visitors who come and enjoy the views every day and generously contribute to operating expenses, camera purchases, and upgrades. This would not work without your support.


Going forward into 2024, with 17 live cameras, we will strive to maintain the cams in order to provide the incredible view of ships, weather, and other harbor activity that was not possible for the general public even a few years ago. My hope is that these little "Windows to the Northland" continue to provide a "virtual" escape for you and your family in 2024.

I am humbled to be part of this operation and wish you a very Happy New Year.

Thank you!
Dennis O'Hara

Friday, December 29, 2023

Thursday, December 28, 2023

"Call of the Wild" Wilfred Sykes departed Duluth 12/28/23

Blasting it's horn all the way down the canal, the Wilfred Sykes made sure everyone knew they were leaving for the season.

"Midnight Call" John D Leitch & Wilfred Sykes arrived in Duluth 12/27/2023

With a rare midnight Master Salute, the Wilfred Sykes announced its arrival as it followed the John D Leitch a few hours after it's arrival.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

"Barker's Blast James R Barker departed Duluth 12/27/2023

James R Barker departed Duluth this evening loaded with iron ore pellets an greeted the canal visitors with a loud Master Salute.

Saturday, December 23, 2023

"FOG" John G Munson arrived in Duluth 12/23/2023

John G Munson arrived in Duluth this afternoon through thick fog to load iron ore pellets.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

"Solstice Departure" Edgar B Speer departed Duluth12/21/2023

Edgar B Speer departed Duluth on this Winter Solstice afternoon loaded with iron ore pellets.

"Pit Stop" Edwin H Gott arrived in Duluth 12/21/2023

Edwin H Gott arrived in Duluth this morning to refuel and load iron ore pellets.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Monday, December 18, 2023

"Barker's Return" James R Barker departed Duluth 12/18/2023

James R Barker departed Duluth this evening loaded with iron ore pellets. The Barker had been in for maintenance that lasted several weeks.

"Bentleyville 2023"

With more than 5 million lights, Bentleyville has been taking home national lighting awards and bringing cheer to just as many faces this season. Enjoy this 13 minute walk through. I hope it brings you a bit of joy to you Holiday.

"The Iron Lady" Michipicoten arrived in Duluth 12/18/2023

Michipicoten arrived in Duluth this afternoon to load more iron.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Monday, December 11, 2023

"Moving Grain" Drawsko departed & Federal Montreal arrived in Duluth 12/...

Drawsko departed & Federal Montreal arrived in Duluth for grain this afternoon with the helping hand of the mighty tugs.

Friday, December 8, 2023

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Story of the Edna G

  Story of the Edna G  - The Edna G was a tugboat operated on the Great Lakes for over 80 years. It was built in 1896 and was initially named the Edward H. Rozell. In 1919, the tugboat was sold to the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company. It was renamed the Edna G. It worked as a harbor tug, assisting large ore boats in docking and undocking at the company's Two Harbors ore docks in Minnesota. Named after the daughter, Edna Greatsinger, of the President of the Duluth & Iron Range Railroad president, this tug boat is still in operating condition. The original engine is still in place. A 1000 hp boiler was installed in the 1940's. I's steel hull was reinforced for ice-breaking duty. Operating with a crew of four, the Edna G was used around the dock to help boats dock, move boats around from dock to dock, and assist in life-saving efforts. Except for two years in WW1, Edna G has always called Two Harbors and Agate Bay her home. The Edna G was retired in 1981 and was eventually donated to Two Harbors. It was restored and is now on display as a museum ship at the Two Harbors waterfront. Visitors can tour the tugboat and learn about its history and role in the Great Lakes shipping industry. 
 Overall Length: 110 ft, 91 feet on keel 
Beam: 23 feet Height: 15.5 feet 
Rudder: 11 ft 
Draft: 15.5 feet. 

 Information provided from plaque near the tug.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Friday, December 1, 2023