Clear and cold

The Whitefish Bay arrived Duluth at noon on Monday, January 5, 2015 to get fuel at Calumet before moving over to the Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets. The North Carolina was waiting at the bridge for the Whitefish Bay to arrived before she went out into the lake.


  1. Nice shot of the Harbor this morning.

    The picture is pretty with the lights at the harbor entrance. You wouldn’t guess that the air temperature was -16 F and that the windchill was -42 F. The wind is blowing 17 mph and gusting as high as 29 mph. I guess this is why the ships are again hugging the west shore of Lake Michigan. In Lake Superior, they are hugging the northwest shore and taking the long route up over Isle Royale. It looks like ten freighters taking refuge in Whitefish Bay. With the season getting short, it must be frustrating to not be underway.

    There are no foreign flagged ships in the Great Lakes higher than Montreal. This is logical since the St. Lawrence locks closed on December 31st. The only exit from the Great Lakes now would be past Chicago and down the Mississippi. I notice that Mackinaw and Biscayne Bay are both out in the St. Marys River below the Soo locks. That could suggest that ice is getting to be an issue.

    • Are they still shipping ore out of Escanaba Michigan? And if they do will they continue shipping until lake Michigan freezes over?

      • From what I can tell, Herbert C Jackson is at the ore loading dock at Escanaba right now. has a gap in coverage around Escanaba so it doesn’t show anything. shows Herbert Jackson and the tug Erika.Kobasic at the dock farther south.

        I assume they’ll load out of Escanaba until either the ice gets too bad or they run out of ore. I don’t know how big the current stockpiles are.

    • It looks like Biscayne Bay is now docked at Sault Sainte Marie. Katmai Bay seems to be working the ice above the locks with Mackinaw working the ice below the locks.

      The wind up on Superior is as high as 20 mph. So, we have a number of ships staying in port and some braving the conditions.

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