More ice from the East Wind

ice from Lake Superior was blown into the Duluth harbor
Ice from Lake Superior was blown in last night into the Duluth harbor through that convenient opening we have called the Duluth Ship Canal. It looks like most of the harbor, ship canal and out into the lake a ways is filled with this loose ice. Even though the next 7 days are going to be significantly colder than today (44 degrees on March 6 2017), there is too much daylight for the ice to have a chance to survive and cause problems for ship traffic, which may begin on March 22 when the Paul R. Tregurtha departs her winter berth to take a cargo of coal to Silver Bay. At the moment, that is the only coal shipment scheduled  this year within Lake Superior. Her next trip would be her usual route to St. Clair, Michigan at Detroit Edison.
Loose ice fills Duluth ship canal



  1. The AIS map is so forlorn this time of year 🙁 I see Bradshaw McKee and Samuel de Champlaign are moving on Lake Michigan, though.

  2. Thanks for the awesome photos!

  3. Mary Baker says:

    I’m in North Texas. Looking forward to the shipping season starting and watching the ships come and go through the Canal.

  4. says:

    Staying @ Superior shores…..wishing a ship would slide past 🙂

  5. Tom from Mpls says:

    Great photos and coverage of events as always! Can’t wait for the new season to begin! Thank you for all your hard work!

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