Duluth Shipping News
June 12, 2017 at 7:16 pm
To whomever fixed the live cams….THANKYOU!!!!!! You made my granddaughters and I very happy!!!!! Have a good day!!!
June 12, 2017 at 9:01 am
Can BOTH the Bridge Cam and the Canal Cam be turned back to the bridge and canal instead of the workers and a coat on what looks like a dumpster?????? It would be very appreciated by all if we could see the boats. Thanks!
June 12, 2017 at 9:19 am
tracy, DSN does not have control of those cameras…the LSMMA visitor center is getting a new roof. that’s where the cameras are located.
June 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm
Who can contacted then?
May 23, 2017 at 6:49 pm
I noticed the red beacon isn’t working. Is there a problem?
April 24, 2017 at 10:15 am
it will be a busy late afternoon for the bridge today!
May 2, 2017 at 10:09 am
Surprised to See the Arthur Anderson still in port. Is she undergoing maintenance? I think all the rest who were in for winter layover have gone back to work! Anybody know what’s going on? Thanks!
May 2, 2017 at 10:16 am
she will sit out the season unless things change…no work for her as things stand.
March 16, 2017 at 4:22 am
i dint get what you have told……..sorry…
November 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm
I know you are the middle of a huge storm there…but watching the waves coming in and seeing the end of the pier…red light flashing as normal. Now there is no red light……. waves are HUGE sometimes! Awesome sight!
Steve Brooklyn Park says
February 8, 2017 at 2:07 pm
When will the ships start moving ????
Guess i dont have much to do
But I like watching the ships
Richard akerlund says
March 15, 2017 at 5:42 pm
March 22 Paul Tregutha, largest ship on the great lakes, taking a load of coal to two Harbor. And so it begins.
July 17, 2016 at 7:50 pm
I am watching the web camera on the shipping canal in Duluth. All of a sudden a white foam almost the width of the canal started moving slowly out to the lake. Even the seagulls rode the foam….what is that??? The water looks a different color…did it get churned up from rain and it is the run off???? Just odd. Watching the people, they don’t seem to notice.
July 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm
I think that all due form the heavy rain they had in northern Mn the last couple weeks
Have you noticed, quite a few ships have not been blowing there horns???
Dont like it when they dont
June 23, 2016 at 8:38 pm
go away, bug!
June 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm
Laurel L says
June 27, 2016 at 12:56 pm
Hi Looney, how are you? Sad about the lack of nesting this year 🙁
July 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm
Why is it that a lot of ships are not blowing there horns anymore ????
January 3, 2016 at 7:44 pm
hahaha, steve, maybe if i were 50 years younger!
January 4, 2016 at 10:51 am
Just thought I would ask
January 9, 2016 at 8:16 am
Are all those people still looking at Birds ???
January 9, 2016 at 8:22 am
i think so!
January 9, 2016 at 8:38 am
Its 7 above in Duluth now
Same as it is here in the Cities
Thought it would be a little cooler
Thats probably the high for the day
April 7, 2016 at 8:06 pm
point the camera down the channel towards the lighthouses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
April 7, 2016 at 8:11 pm
Richard, the camera cannot see the lighthouses from this vantage point. The COE building blocks the view.
April 7, 2016 at 8:34 pm
Holly, is the Albanyborg still in port or did it leave 30 minutes ago?
April 7, 2016 at 8:39 pm
yes, it left around 8 p.m.
January 14, 2016 at 1:56 pm
Its almost 2, did Gott come in today ???
January 14, 2016 at 2:08 pm
Not at my desk, but I believe she arrived pre dawn
January 14, 2016 at 2:55 pm
Not many more ships coming in
Bummer I missed her
January 18, 2016 at 10:58 am
Saw Paul come in this morning
Turn out the lights, the parties over
February 14, 2016 at 6:16 pm
When is the first ship going to leave Duluth ????
April 28, 2016 at 2:34 pm
December 16, 2015 at 4:02 pm
The Cornelia is on the move.
December 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm
They need a wiper on the cannle cam
December 2, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Sounds like she could be there for a while
January 2, 2016 at 9:17 am
Why have all the people been standing by the gate looking out at the lake for the last couple days ???
January 2, 2016 at 9:36 am
steve, i’m wondering the same thing…???
January 2, 2016 at 12:11 pm
someone on facebook said they were most likely “birders”…something about a rare gull.
January 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm
If I can find a phone number, I will try to give them a call tomorrow
If I find anything out, I will post it
January 3, 2016 at 1:42 pm
the reason for all the people looking at the lake yesterday!
January 3, 2016 at 7:07 pm
January 3, 2016 at 7:37 pm
I saw someplace they were looking for a new bridge operator
Are you going to apply ???
Denis Brown, Winnipeg, Manitoba says
November 24, 2015 at 11:50 am
Your new Home Page for “duluthharborcams.com” is a knockout.
My wife & I visited Duluth at least 4 times a year when we lived in Thunder
Bay for 7 years, and we still attempt an Annual visit from Winnipeg. The Duluth waterfont is an empowering attraction, and your new Home Page personifies it.
November 25, 2015 at 3:20 pm
Denis, the page you mentioned and this website are not affiliated. They both serve the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior, but are separate entities.
November 15, 2015 at 1:20 pm
Does anyone know what is going on with the Cornelia? She has been anchored now for 10 days.
November 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm
the only news which has been made public, so far, is from the Duluth News Tribune on Nov. 6: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3877943-german-ship-held-duluth-port-during-probe
November 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm
Thank you, Holly. I was out of town and missed the article.
November 24, 2015 at 7:19 pm
Any idea how long the ship will have to wait at anchor ???
Did any one find out just what the problem with the ship is ??
November 24, 2015 at 7:25 pm
steve, this is the most recent info which has been released:
December 2, 2015 at 9:39 am
Any update on the Cornelia ????
December 2, 2015 at 9:44 am
funny you should ask…this in today’s Duluth News Tribune:
August 19, 2015 at 12:12 pm
As many of you know, Isaac from tugboathunter recently decided to end his blog since he is now attending college. I, like many others, really enjoyed looking at his photos over the past four years. His blog inspired me to create my own, so here’s a link to the one I created: https://freighterfreak.wordpress.com/
Jill from Alabama says
August 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Daniel, your pictures are really good. Thanks!
September 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm
What is floating out into the lake from under the bridge ???
September 13, 2015 at 6:57 pm
steve, i was up there. it seemed like the wind was stirring up sediment in the harbor, then there was a layer of foam which preceded it under the bridge and out into the lake. water inside the harbor was brown. could that be what you saw?
September 13, 2015 at 8:22 pm
Thanks, I was hoping it wasnt some type of a spill
Looks like a nice day in Duluth, wish I could have been there
May 3, 2015 at 8:28 am
Off to Duluth!
May 13, 2015 at 9:16 am
Hey Jack! Did you have a great time? What all did you get to see? Jill
May 13, 2015 at 7:31 pm
Hello Jill. We had a great time! We arrived 3 hours early for check in so we spent that time on superior point, It was t-shirt warm. Checked into the South Pier Inn right as the Walter J McCarthy was arriving. We watched the Wild game and ate Pizza Luce stepping out every time a ship went by. Second day we walked across the bridge to eat at Grandmas, stopping first to try to find Ken. Thanked Ken for all he does and gave him some money. I had the French Onion soup and got some stuffed mushrooms to go. We later climbed Enger Tower. Several different times walked out in the middle of the night to the South pier lighthouse. During the down time in the day we chased seagulls from our deck with a camera-equipped drone helicopter. We fed the seagulls the whole trip. I had poster board and a new marker but every time I mentioned it Jake said we can do it later. Of course later never happened.
May 15, 2015 at 9:26 am
Wish I could have been there, too! Sounds like you had a wonderful time….
May 19, 2015 at 4:39 pm
April 13, 2015 at 1:14 pm
Indiana Harbor, taking a delay! What is that all about? Is she afraid of pushing a little ice or is she just not feeling well?
ship nerd says
July 7, 2015 at 3:37 pm
it was damaged needed major repairs
April 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm
Will the Indiana Harbor go through late Friday night?
April 9, 2015 at 9:45 pm
brad, she is expected to depart between 10 p.m. and midnite friday…CDT. of course that could change.
April 12, 2015 at 2:41 pm
Seems like a lot of boats are loading at two harbors,,,,,,Holly???
Penny B says
April 2, 2015 at 4:48 pm
Cool ! But it’s now 4:45 I hope I didn’t miss it….I’ve been watching this ship…my first one to see go through 🙂
April 2, 2015 at 2:27 pm
Will the Algoma Olympic go through here today?
April 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm
penny, yes…she is currently a little more than an hour out from the bridge. coming in for fuel, then going over to BN in Superior to load.
April 2, 2015 at 2:31 pm
although, since the Clarke is at the fuel dock, Olympic may take her time getting here.
April 2, 2015 at 4:52 pm
she went to anchor outside the piers…waiting for Clarke to finish fueling, and weather issues. expected to arrive sometime in the evening.
March 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm
Check out this awesome drone footage of the John G. Munson Departing Duluth http://youtu.be/j0m3peJbs-Q
March 25, 2015 at 10:11 pm
Wow!!! That is one of the neatest things I have seen in quite a while. Thank you for sharing.
March 28, 2015 at 10:57 am
Thanks, Peter. Very nice!
March 24, 2015 at 10:00 am
Saw Munson leave, but not Miner
Did she leave ??
March 24, 2015 at 10:09 am
hi steve…schedule says she departed at 2:17 a.m.
March 18, 2015 at 9:07 am
Is there a current ship schedule we can get for this weekend (3/20/2015) or do we need to pick it up down on canal park? The one on the website is not current.
March 18, 2015 at 12:12 pm
vickie, the daily paper schedule doesn’t start until memorial day. the museum is closed today, but will open at 10 a.m. friday. they should have an updated schedule by then. right now the only info i have seen is that the mesabi miner is expected to depart on the 23rd, but that can always change.
April 1, 2015 at 7:57 am
March 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm
right now she is about 4 miles off the superior entry…barely moving at .9 kts.
March 9, 2015 at 11:22 am
Any updates on the Alder ????
March 9, 2015 at 11:41 am
steve, steve, steve…check out duluthshippingnews.com
March 9, 2015 at 2:45 pm
One more silly question, where is she now and when will she be at Duluth
Holly Jorgenson says
March 9, 2015 at 3:38 pm
She was working on the harbor ice this morning…check ais at Marine traffic.com
March 5, 2015 at 8:57 pm
I heard on the news a couple days ago the Alder was going
to start breaking up ice in the harbor ???
Havent seen any action yet
Any news ??
March 5, 2015 at 9:01 pm
this is what i heard:
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder that was set to begin icebreaking in the Duluth-Superior harbor Wednesday has rescheduled the start of operations to Monday.
A crewperson aboard the ship confirmed the pushback, and said the Coast Guard will release further details later.
The Coast Guard will conduct icebreaking in the harbor first, before expanding offshore. Eventually, icebreaking will include Two Harbors, Taconite Harbor, Silver Bay and Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Lake Superior is facing its second straight winter of nearly complete ice coverage.
March 6, 2015 at 7:49 pm
Thanks, maybe we will go up and watch her
March 7, 2015 at 3:29 am
What I understand,,, there holding off on ice breaking to wate for the upcoming heat wave…
March 2, 2015 at 11:47 pm
Congrats,, ken,,, 20 years, D.s.N….
March 4, 2015 at 8:45 pm
Thanks Ken for all you do. 20 years of dedicated service to keep us all informed is fantastic. Here’s to many more to come.
February 23, 2015 at 10:37 pm
I hope a whole bunch of Boat Nerds are planning to line the Sturgeon Bay ship canal and give her a proper welcome when she arrives!
February 23, 2015 at 9:45 pm
I heard on the news Anderson is stuck in one of the eastern Great Lakes
Coast Cutters not having any luck getting it
Any body have any news ???
February 23, 2015 at 9:50 pm
steve, she was stuck for several days in lake erie off the conneaut harbor, but yesterday the CCGC Risley freed her and escorted her to detroit. now, i think, she is waiting for the risley to return from sarnia, to get her out to lake huron, then to sturgeon bay.
February 24, 2015 at 8:39 am
Cant beleave your awake, thought you weere sleeping through the winter ??
February 4, 2015 at 8:13 am
There are three of four more ships at winter layup this morning
Most built in the early 1900’s
When did they arrive and how did they get there ???
February 4, 2015 at 3:40 pm
Steve, are you referring to the four ships in long-term layup that Ken added to the schedule? They have all been laid up for quite a few years, but Ken added them to the “layup fleet” just today.
February 4, 2015 at 7:11 pm
Thanks, all you have to is ask and someone knows the answer.
January 29, 2015 at 10:24 pm
Well with the next couple of months off, I can always rely on Ken’s 2015 ship calendar to look at. Thanks Ken. I am always getting great comments on it from my co-workers.
January 20, 2015 at 11:25 am
Watched Munson come in this morning, turn out the lights, the party’s over
Long Winter ahead
January 20, 2015 at 11:16 pm
Heard that Steve,, hate too see it come to an end,, but the ships crew need a break too…. In 2 months they will be fireing them up,, can’t wate….
January 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm
With the warm weather and the ice we dont have, you think they could keep shipping all winter
January 24, 2015 at 7:14 pm
The main reason they don’t run year round is so they can shut down the locks for mantince…
January 19, 2015 at 8:35 pm
Is the bridge manned during the 2 months of winter layup or do the operators get a break too?
January 20, 2015 at 9:34 am
Mary, the bridge is manned all 12 months of the year. Even though no more ships will be arriving or departing in the next two months, the bridge tender is kept on hand in case the Alder or another small vessel needs to pass through. Also, he stays on for safety reasons, to make sure that everyone using the bridge stays safe. Hope that answers your question!
January 20, 2015 at 10:21 am
yes thank you Daniel for your reply. I’m sure it’s not quite as exciting for them during this time but I suppose there are times when they see interesting things going on around them.
January 18, 2015 at 11:37 am
Long cold winter, when do we start seeing ships again ???
January 18, 2015 at 11:40 am
haha, steve! remember last spring?
January 18, 2015 at 3:04 pm
Lol Holly, I remember! It was so brutal I pushed my yearly vacation to Duluth last year to May 18th and ships were still calling the bridge to give ice reports! I stood on Wisconsin point and could see the ice.
Svenska Fisk says
January 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Does anyone have any information about what ships will be scrapped this year? Also, when is the J.B. Ford going to get towed away? It said in the Duluth News Tribune that it would be scrapped before winter?
January 6, 2015 at 11:31 am
cheak out the other web cam
January 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm
Can you tell me when the Soo Locks (Sault Ste Marie) will be closing this year? It will be a sad day for all of us.
January 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm
1-15-2015…then we count the days until they reopen 3-2-2015!
January 6, 2015 at 8:10 am
Do the locks reopen on march 2nd or the 25th?
January 7, 2015 at 9:31 am
I believe it’s the 25th…at least, that’s what it’s been in the past.
January 7, 2015 at 12:19 pm
That’s what I though as well. They’ve traditionally opened up near my Birthday. I like to believe they’re opening in honor of it!! Just kidding…it’s all coincidence.
January 7, 2015 at 6:07 pm
it is the 25th…there’s a typo on the soo cams page. i’m sure someone will notice eventually!
January 5, 2015 at 9:34 am
look how fogy it is shesh!!!!!!
tom from mpls says
January 5, 2015 at 9:11 am
How about the ice on the Jackman? Almost the entire ship was covered!! I was cold just looking at it.
January 1, 2015 at 2:18 pm
Anybody else see the Edger Speer cruising on the Bayfield side of Madeline Island? Seemed odd.
January 1, 2015 at 2:23 pm
i saw that, tom…thought maybe she was going to get some lunch in bayfield! lol
January 1, 2015 at 2:36 pm
There’s no shipping of ore over there in Ashland anymore is there? Maybe she was just trying to get out of the winds, but it seemed a little extreme.
January 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm
The ore dock in Ashland has been unoperational for a number of years, and in fact, it was just scrapped this past summer. And I would have to agree, going so close to Bayfield and Ashland to avoid the weather does seem a little extreme.
January 1, 2015 at 9:46 pm
Over on Boatnerds they speculate it was due to bad weather. Just seems like a long way to go to avoid it.
December 30, 2014 at 7:55 am
Anyone know when the last shipping date of the season in this year ??
December 30, 2014 at 8:09 am
steve, soo locks scheduled to close 11:59 jan. 15, but cargo can still move around the lake.
December 30, 2014 at 9:38 am
Thanks Holly, should have known it would have been you with the answer, hope you had a good Christmas
December 30, 2014 at 9:42 am
i did, steve! hope you did, as well! we should be seeing a layup chart for the twin ports sometime soon…always anxious to know who the “overwinterers” will be.
December 29, 2014 at 11:03 am
Just watched the Indiana Harbor glide majestically through the canal at an impressive 10 knots! Looked to be about 50 hearty souls braving the balmy -7 temp to greet her arrival.
Tim Quinn says
December 24, 2014 at 12:27 am
Dumb question, but are the times for arr/dep listed on the ship schedule page local Duluth time or are they UTC.
December 24, 2014 at 1:05 am
Watching the cam right now answered that question.
December 24, 2014 at 3:02 am
Tim, I noticed, if the ships are up bound of two harbors you can see them on harbor cam approaching,,,,Tim..
December 24, 2014 at 7:40 am
tim…there are no dumb questions! ask away!
December 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm
I’ve noticed a few ships that are scheduled to go to Two Harbors have been anchoring in the Duluth harbor before heading up to Two Harbors. Is that because the Duluth harbor is a safer place to anchor?
December 23, 2014 at 5:15 pm
Mary, the reason ships anchor off of the Duluth harbor while waiting for the dock at Two Harbors is because the Duluth anchorage is like “free parking.” Ships don’t have to pay to anchor outside the harbor, unlike anywhere inside the harbor. Also, anchoring off Two Harbors can be a bit more risky since the ships may be in the shipping lane. Hope that answers your question!
December 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm
Also, I heard it’s much deeper and mostly rock off of two harbors, making it difficult to anchor..
December 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm
Especially if it’s windy ..
December 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm
yep, thanks guys for your reply, it does answer my question 🙂
December 21, 2014 at 8:09 am
Just spent the last three days in Duluth. Saw Paul R. Tregurtha come in, American Century come in and then back out, and then late last night got to see the James R. Barker come in (if lucky enough will get to see it leave sometime this morning). Took in Bentleyville and skied at Lutsen. Leaving today but have had great time. Ken, received my 2015 calendar. Great pictures.
December 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm
Sounds like a great trip, Rex!
December 19, 2014 at 10:22 am
lots of ice
December 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm
Today while grading final exams, I had the streaming video running. And I really *listened* to the ship/horn salute. My conclusion: The James R Barker wins the “most melodious horn” award today. Two distinct pitches. First one higher, followed by a lower one. And the operator knows it! A gentle tone from the first, a pause, and then a sustained baritone. Beautiful!
December 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm
Was good, but the Roger Blough is my all time favorite,,,,his horn sounds like his name….
December 18, 2014 at 8:38 am
What a treat to watch the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. depart Duluth yesterday morning! She’s a beautiful boat. She was guided under the bridge by a wonderful friend, Captain Mark! Merry Christmas, Captain Mark, and everybody out there who enjoys the Kencam.
December 17, 2014 at 9:13 pm
I wonder if the Bluebill will be Duluth’s last saltie for this season. There aren’t any more due soon, and with the Seaway closing next week, I think she may be the last one for this year!
December 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm
looking at cam i have never seen aship go under because school (6)
December 11, 2014 at 11:46 am
December 8, 2014 at 11:21 am
Spent the weekend in Duluth with the family
Nice weather for December, went to Bentleyville on Sat night
Us and 5,000 of our close personal friends, what a zoo
Went last year during the week, much better time
November 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm
Why are the ships not saluting the bridge and the bridge saluting the ships in return? Seems like more and more ships pass under the lift bridge w/o sounding their horns – whether during the day or evening. Two ships just came in now and, despite the crowd shouting to blow their horns, neither one did. Are there some new rules or something? Hearing the “big ships'” horns is one of the more fun aspects of the Canal Park experience.
November 29, 2014 at 12:28 am
DKS, as you have probably noticed, the ships have been arriving with a good amount of ice on their hulls. This ice also affects their horns. At this time of year, when the ships are coming off the lake as they arrive, their horns can be partially or completely frozen. This is because the temperatures on the open lake are quite colder than on shore. Because of this, the ships don’t salute the bridge if their horns are frozen so as not to damage them.
November 29, 2014 at 9:36 am
Interesting – thanks!
December 2, 2014 at 8:48 am
I was wondering the same thing so thanks for the information
Jay SS says
December 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm
That was very obvious when the Barker saluted the bridge tonight on it’s way in – salute started out very weak.
December 17, 2014 at 11:59 am
i new that i went to split rock over the summer and they told me that
November 28, 2014 at 8:32 am
At our daughters house for Turkey Day weekend in Litchfield, Mn
Think it got up to about 7 yesterday
Looking at the Duluth Cam, that’s not ships floating out to sea
Take it easy, everybody have a good weekend
November 27, 2014 at 6:58 pm
Happy thanksgiving ken, jill,, holly,, and all boat fans,, keep floating cats…
November 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm
thanks, tim! same to you, and everyone who watches ken’s camera.
we all appreciate having it!
November 30, 2014 at 1:05 pm
Happy Thanksgiving Tim and everybody!!
November 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm
Ken, where can I find pics of the inside of ships, pilot house,engine rooms e.c.t?
November 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm
Why do so many salties go to Thunder Bay? What are they picking up or dropping off
Kenneth Newhams says
November 22, 2014 at 6:04 pm
They pick up a lot of grain; not sure if any other cargos are involved
November 22, 2014 at 6:05 pm
mostly load wheat up there, i think.
November 16, 2014 at 9:12 pm
Daniel and Lar, thanks for the insight on Bentleyville. Thanks Holly for the link to the calendar.
November 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm
What’s the story on the bridge cam being ahead of the canal cam by about 30 sec ???
November 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm
hmmmm…what i usually see is the dsntv cam is a bit behind the lsmma cam because the ustream site often does some buffering which causes a delay.
November 15, 2014 at 10:14 am
November 13, 2014 at 9:13 am
Just another question, someone always knows the answer
Lee Tregirtha came in this morning, unloading “coke breeze”
What is it ?????
November 13, 2014 at 10:42 am
I believe it is leftover dust from steel production,
November 13, 2014 at 11:20 am
everything you ever wanted (or needed) to know about coke breeze:
November 13, 2014 at 11:33 am
All you have to do is ask, Thanks
Tammy Smith Schroeder says
November 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm
The Christmas Lights are wonderful. We enjoyed them.
November 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Just wondering if it would be worth a four hour trip north to Duluth in a few weeks and take in the experience of Bentleyville? I have heard it is awesome. Just looking for some feedback for anything else that might be going on in a few weeks.
November 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm
Rex, I went to Bentleyville a few years ago and absolutely loved it! I live about four and a half hours south of Duluth, and we make the trip up there at least twice a year. Bentleyville is the biggest light show I have ever seen, and it is definitely worth the trip. We’ll be up in Duluth over New Years, but Bentleyville closes right after Christmas, so we won’t be able to visit it this year. 🙁
November 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm
rex, this might give you some ideas on other things to do in the area when you go to see bentleyville, which i hear is wonderful!
November 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm
Absolutely worth it! Bring lots of warm clothes. 🙂 If Bentleyville doesn’t get you in the mood for Christmas, nothing will.
November 11, 2014 at 9:08 am
I love to watch the ships going in and out…..but why isn’t the schedule working since Oct. 28th???? I am so glad that the cameras are on full time so we can see the great arrivals and departures!!! Loved Duluth!!!
November 11, 2014 at 9:13 am
schedule is ok here…
November 11, 2014 at 7:24 am
I guess the weather is what is causing both web cams not to be working this morning. I am in Maryland and I have had so much enjoyment out of watching the web cams all summer long. And, I have been most fortunate to have been able to catch a ship either coming or going several times. The most exciting one was the other morning, when it was still dark, to catch a ship coming into the canal. What a beautiful sight with all the lights on it. I did see where it was snowing yesterday, so I am assuming the weather is still bad this morning. I will keep checking back.
Jill edwards says
November 11, 2014 at 8:16 am
Joy, check Solglimt b&b webcam, it was working ….. Solglimt.com… I wanted to watch the Tregurtha come in!
November 11, 2014 at 8:51 am
Thanks, Holly. It did work. Not as exciting as the other cams. Looks like a neat place to stay. Will have to look at that website later when I have some extra time.
November 11, 2014 at 10:25 am
Looks like the web cams are back working. Just happened to catch a ship coming in when I checked back. This place is on my “bucket list” but don’t think I will ever make it there. Guess I will just have to be satisfied to visit there via the web cams. Does the canal get iced in over the winter? Last winter, I watched a web cam on Lake Michigan at Grand Haven Beach and it was so interesting to see the water frozen over and the waves under the ice making it move up and down. I am anxious to watch the canal during this coming winter.
November 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm
I guess I just don’t understand
Why would St Clair come to Duluth to load coal
Then go to Silver Bay, unload the coal and load iron ore
maybe it’s just to late at night
November 11, 2014 at 6:58 am
steve, at a tour of midwest energy this fall, i learned that different facilities require different blends of coal. if i remember correctly, SMET is able to blend 3 different coals for specific needs. northshore mining in silver bay must need one of those blends. hope this info is accurate.
November 11, 2014 at 7:11 am
Thanks, all you have to is ask the question
Someone knows the answer
November 7, 2014 at 6:31 pm
Question, why do we call the ships she,,, her,,and sister when most of them are named after men??? Just wondering .
Paul Max says
October 30, 2014 at 7:21 am
Hello everyone. Haven’t been on for awhile. I have a question. Did anyone witness the CSL Laurentien leave the harbor going under the bridge at about 7:06 am (0706) today (Oct 30) and if so can you tell me what the Tugboat was pushing that followed a few seconds later.
October 30, 2014 at 7:29 am
hi paul! welcome back!
that was a barge with dredging equipment on it…possibly, the tugboat was the Callie M.
October 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm
Thanks Holly. I was watching the Maritime Visitor Center Stream 2 webcam at the time and the bright light from the barge shining in the camera’s direction is the reason I couldn’t really make out what kind of thing the Tug was pushing. I thought it was a barge but wasn’t sure.
November 3, 2014 at 8:25 am
November 5, 2014 at 1:58 am
Hi Jill. Hope everything is good in Alabama.
Joanne J says
October 25, 2014 at 7:49 pm
What a treat it was to be “bridged” at 6:30 this morning while starting a run with my friend, Kate. We ran up and down the pier and saw the American Century come in the pre-dawn hours. It is amazing to see a boat come through the Canal while it is still dark. The lights look so far away and then suddenly it quietly glides into the Canal, and then the horn blasts through the silence. I have seen many boats, having lived in Duluth since the early 80’s but I think this was the first time up close in the dark.
October 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm
joanne, a couple of years ago i was there with friends for the weekend. from our hotel balcony, at midnight, we saw a boat coming in, and ran down to the canal in our pajamas. it was the mesabi miner, and we were awestruck at how quiet and huge and awesome it was!
Mary Ann says
October 26, 2014 at 11:19 am
I usually stay at the Comfort Suites at the end of Canal Park – room on the lake side – with the drapes and door/window open. You can hear the bells from the bridge as it signals it’s ascent – jump out of bed and you have a magnificent view of the boats coming in and going out. Awesome!!!
October 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm
why doesn’t the bridge answer back some times when a ship is going through? I’ve noticed that a few times in recent months.
October 25, 2014 at 5:05 pm
I think the bridge wanted to let the ships crew hear the cheering from the pear.
October 25, 2014 at 9:04 pm
let’s go with that! probably exactly what happened!
October 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm
Wow…the Joseph L. Block’s horn sounds a lot like the Edward L. Ryerson’s! She just arrived a few minutes ago.
October 10, 2014 at 8:50 am
Is anyone else having trouble watching the Can and Bridge pictures ??
I can pull them both up, waiting for a ship, then sometimes they go black with Loading or playing signs in them ???
October 10, 2014 at 8:57 am
it does seem to be happening more often the last few days. on dsntv cam it seems to be better to refresh the page than to just hit the “play” button.
September 23, 2014 at 2:12 am
So,is the small boat caption paying for the tug boat tow…
Kris allen says
September 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm
I watched the whole thing. .. he was trying to avoid a small fishing boat. Couldn’t make the turn with out running over the small boat. Seen the whole thing
September 21, 2014 at 9:22 am
Was Paul trying to avoid another ship, or a fishing boat ??
September 21, 2014 at 9:34 am
steve, no other ships were in the harbor…speculation abounds about the small craft being a problem.
September 21, 2014 at 9:48 am
Thanks, didn’t think it would have been another ship
Maybe to many beers on a Sat. afrternoon ???
September 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm
Ken, thanks for the audio feed of the coast guard talking with the PRT!
September 16, 2014 at 7:45 am
Is there something wrong with the other bridge cam and the cannle cam ?
All I get is a black screen with the Loading sign and a quick look every once and a while
September 14, 2014 at 11:38 am
Don’t you think the bridge went up a little early for Barker this morning
Anybody know how much before the ship comes in it has to go up ???
September 14, 2014 at 11:43 am
i’m going to post this on facebook and see if we get a definitive answer…
September 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm
This info from Terry White: the bridge lifts when the boat is at the 1½ mile mark.
They went up early today as there were a couple of personal craft waiting for a lift. Bridge operator asked them to wait a few minutes to catch the Barker too.
September 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm
Thanks, it seems like they always go early, but Barker seemed
September 10, 2014 at 8:43 pm
The Merwedegracht certainly has an interesting cabin design…check it out in this photo Ken took this morning when she arrived. I wonder if it has any special purposes?
September 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Sorry for the type O Superior
September 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Very bad weather report for the Duluth area and all of Lake Supior. Wednesday.
September 5, 2014 at 12:49 am
So what was going on with the American Integrity tonight? Almost looked like she missed the turn or at least had to turn around a bit and then back up before being able to go under the bridge. Certainly interesting to watch.
September 4, 2014 at 8:56 pm
Ken, I see on the schedule Baie Comeau is going to be unloading flue chips at Hallett #8 when she arrives in a few minutes. Do you know what flue chips are? I have never heard of that type of cargo before.
Jeff B. Haertein says
August 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm
We were in Duluth starting last Sunday the 17th, and returned home yesterday the 23rd. It was a good time in Duluth/Superior and the NorthShore, but with the showers almost every day, sitting along the GREAT Lake was not much of an option. I tried to locate your office and camera, and I can’t believe I could not find it. In any event, it was a good week, and nice cool temps, instead of high 80’s and 90’s we are now in for this week in southcentral Wisconsin. Maybe next year I will even bump into you. Never caught you putting out the daily Shipping News either. The lake side rooms are getting really pricey, but it is nice to have a window looking out into the Lake as I watch for boats, when not outside.
August 25, 2014 at 8:21 am
Glad you had a good time, Jeff. It’s been several years now since I’ve been up there so it’s fun to experience everyone else’s vacation. I hear you about the heat! Stay cool up there!
Dianne W. says
August 20, 2014 at 10:55 am
Looking at the web cams seeing people, dogs, and various modes of transportation is great. You can wear your “jammies” and nobody knows. But, tune in about midnight or after. The water seems deeper and colder and you can’t help watching it. I check Duluth schedule hoping there is late night or early a.m. traffic. Tues. a.m. the activity was a man sitting on a bench eating popcorn. What a great place to be fog and all. Happy(gray) Wednesday. Dianne W.
August 19, 2014 at 9:26 am
For a few seconds there I thought it was a Minnesota earthquake (says this California resident)! But I guess Ken was just adjusting it!
Joel from Wisconsin says
July 23, 2014 at 7:19 am
Will be in Duluth area week of Aug 4. I’ve been periodically checking this cam as well as the two at LSMMA to get primed for the visit. Will be staying in Canal Park. Greatly looking forward to the visit. Hope to see some of the same ships I saw as a kid when visiting the Soo locks with my parents.
July 23, 2014 at 10:09 am
Have a great time, Joel, and be sure to give us a wave! I’ve been up there twice and loved it both times, although I almost froze to death during my last visit. It was in July but the temperature was in the 40s! Wish we could all come with you!!
July 23, 2014 at 8:07 pm
40’s, while unusual for July, are 100 times more acceptable than the temps we had last winter. We had over 60 straight days of morning temps below zero. Just recently had our first 90 degree day of the summer and very humid. Not normal for our neck-of-the-woods.
Looking forward to a cool breeze off “gitchegoomie”
July 24, 2014 at 7:29 pm
We were there for Grandma’s Marathon and even the locals said it was “too cold”. With the constant wind in the harbor, it was absolutely freezing!! When our plane touched down in Birmingham we were greeted with 96 degrees and high humidity. Very typical for Alabama, but oh, it felt so good! Nevertheless, we loved our second trip to Duluth and we felt like such “know-it-alls” because we had been there before. We stayed in South Pier
Inn both times, and I promise, the folks there told us they remembered us from the first visit. Don’t guess they get too many visitors from Alabama. I love Duluth, the boats, the bridge, the food, and Ken! Enjoy the breeze from Gitchegoomie and give us all a wave. We’ll be looking forward to the report of your visit!
August 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm
Had a great time last week at Canal Park. I waved at you from the canal wall. Did U see? Weather was the best they had all summer with highs in the mid to upper 70’s and lows in the mid 50’s. Humidity never an issue. We slept each night with our room windows open (third floor). Saw three Salties and many Lakers. Saw two “footers” within an hour of each other. We left Canal Park only one day to go see Glensheen and Enger Tower. did the Timber Twister at Christie Mountain on the way out of town Friday. Did alot of walking and even rented a surrey bike, which was more of a workout that it looked like. Took many pics of ships, the bridge, the harbor, etc. Got a great shot of the moon rising over the lift bridge at night. Had a great 5 days there and can’t wait to return.
August 10, 2014 at 10:17 pm
Great report, Joel! I don’t know if I saw you exactly, but I checked the bridge cam several times a day looking for an excited tourist. Glad the weather cooperated. I’ve wanted to rent one of those surreys because they look like so much fun. Thanks for telling me the truth! Congratulations on your great trip and thanks for thinking of us!
July 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm
Have to wonder if there are any “rules of the road” for the small pleasure boats! Or any requirements that they have common sense? Seems like so often they are very close to the big guys!
July 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm
700+ feet of steel against 30+ feet of sailboat. i would bet on the steel. common sense should be a requirement, but obviously not!
July 16, 2014 at 9:41 pm
Just watched the John G. Munson leave Duluth under an indigo sky. There were lots of people (and one dog) in the canal and they all looked to be enjoying themselves. Wish we all were there, too. The bridge looks great, and the Munson gave a hearty salute!
July 15, 2014 at 6:23 pm
Is that the final angle of the cam? Don’t see as much of the bridge anymore. Would be nice if it had the resolution of the LSMMA cam or the Great Lakes Aquarium cam especially at full screen.
July 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm
Lovely!! Thanks, Ken!
July 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm
Hey Ken, nice view on this perfect day. And … no more bush!
July 15, 2014 at 1:56 pm
Lee S says
July 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm
gorgeous view Ken! Keep up the good work! Your view is worth waiting for! Looks like a gorgeous day at the Bridge!
July 15, 2014 at 11:09 am
I have moved my office to the other end of the same building. Charter has taken over a month to install my new cable connection which will give me lots of power to run this cam and do everything else. They just told me yesterday it may be a month more. I also have several issues with my new window/screen/ and there is no convenient place to put the cam. As it is, I have to dismantle everything before I leave the office. Well, enough of this. I am very sorry for the delay. I will try to get it up more than it has been. Thanks for your patience
August 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm
I am on the shore @ Two Harbors from mid May until I want to go back home in Fl. Probably Nov. 1. I look at the shipping canal everyday more times than I can count. Just like being there almost. I check ore boat sched. for T.H. and try not to miss arrivals and departures. Today when looking at the canal, I was up close and personal with a seagull looking right back at me. I will name him Roger after my ship favorite Roger Blough! Thank you for giving us such a fun service and such thrills when a ship goes thru.
Don Howard says
July 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm
HELLO HELLO HELLO!!!!! ANYONE HERE?????
July 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm
don, ken is still in moving mode. the window configuration in the new office is different than the old space, so the setup has to be changed…
July 15, 2014 at 9:14 am
Don, I check several times everyday to see the status of our view, too! In the meantime, you can check the Duluth Harbor Cam to get your fix for the day!
August 13, 2014 at 9:15 am
Hello! I’m not here; but you are!
July 14, 2014 at 9:52 am
Hey What happened to the camera pointing at the Lift Bridge?
Karen Davies says
July 9, 2014 at 10:12 am
When will the camera be back on?
July 4, 2014 at 9:07 am
I will have to turn the cam off for most of the day; it should be back on late this afternoon,
Thanks and Happy 4th of July
July 7, 2014 at 4:07 pm
web cam off air
holly jorgenson says
July 7, 2014 at 4:24 pm
js, ken is moving his office, so the cam will possibly be off air until all connections are re-established in the new space.
July 2, 2014 at 11:56 am
I am moving my office to the other end of the building today. I have to turn the cam off now and hope to get it back up later today, if all goes welll
Thanks for your patience
June 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm
Hey, I am moving my office down the hall about 50 feet or so. I will be setting up the cam down there, probably with a better angle on the bridge. In the meantime, the cam may be off for periods of time. THanks
June 30, 2014 at 7:27 pm
Looking good Ken! Thanks for the heads up! Could be a grand adventure!
July 1, 2014 at 9:02 am
Hey Ken, are you moving EVERYTHING in your office to the new location? Those of us who have visited you in your office will understand this question!! Maybe we can come help you?
July 1, 2014 at 9:45 am
Great. I need the help. And as usual, u get a free Duluth Shipping News t-shirt; well not free, but at least half price. I need to take into consideration your cost of your airplane tickets. Will U be here Wednesday morning or should i pick u up at the airport on Thursday,
June 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm
What is the status on the m/v el Ryerson?
June 30, 2014 at 10:50 am
Bill, check “Vessel Pages” above, then US Fleet, then Edward L Ryerson. You’ll see some great pictures and discussion regarding that boat. She’s in long term layup at Fraser Ship Yard up there in Duluth. Still stately and pretty!
June 16, 2014 at 10:03 am
It either means First Aid or its a Health Symbol.
Judy Bauer says
June 15, 2014 at 7:25 am
Lived in Duluth about 30 years ago—this site is almost as good as being there!! Could you tell me what the white flag with green circle & cross sign is that flies on the little boat that is outside the maritime museum? It flies next to the American flag and the Corps of Engineers flag….
June 7, 2014 at 10:20 am
What is the very large group of people walking their dogs? Looks like fun!
June 7, 2014 at 10:31 am
mary ann, sometimes the humane society has a group dog-walk as a fundraiser…maybe that’s it.
June 5, 2014 at 8:54 pm
Looks like a beautiful evening!
June 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm
Doea anyone know why has the Federal Mattawa been at anchor for so long?
June 5, 2014 at 7:50 am
I think the grain it is picking up is still growing;)
June 5, 2014 at 8:58 am
Hey, that was funny; i will find out what is going on and tell u.
It’s about time, Ken!
John T says
June 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm
Did you ever hear why the Federal Mattawa has not loaded and is anchored for almost a month?
June 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm
yes, check my latest post on http://www.duluthshippingnews.com
June 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm
Thanks Ken. I missed the comment.
June 3, 2014 at 11:25 pm
any idea what they are doing off the end of the north pear ???
June 4, 2014 at 6:46 am
tim, the dredging rig has been out there for a couple of days now. the tug John R Asher has been moving the full barge into the st louis river.
May 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm
May 21, 2014 at 11:30 am
Truly one of the best videos i have ever seen
May 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm
Thank you Ken for all you do. Duluth wouldn’t be the same without DSN!
May 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm
well said, jack!
May 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm
Yes Ken, What Jack said!!!! Thank you and keep up the good work. Too bad we didn’t get a chance to stop and say hi.
Jill in Alabama says
May 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm
DSN got me all the way up there from Alabama!!
May 21, 2014 at 2:38 am
Hello Ken, I was going to walk across the bridge and hand you a couple of bucks to thank you but it was raining all day. Here is a video my friend and I made while staying at the South Pier. I’m going to hit the donate button now.
May 21, 2014 at 9:33 am
Awww, Jack!!! You look great! I know you had a good time, even if it was raining. I love the South Pier Inn! Did you buy a souvenir boat from the lobby? I have three of them!
May 21, 2014 at 5:39 pm
Thanks Jill for the kind words, I sure rock pajama bottoms! (joking). I had a great time, but never even knew they sold boats at the lobby. I will look next time!
May 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm
Hard to believe there is still ice!
May 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm
It’s shocking to see how beat-up the Thunder bay is already. Is that due to running through the thick ice or damage while docked?
May 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm
Tom, I think that is damage from the Welland Canal. The damage you see on Thunder Bay is common on most Canadian lakers, because their paint rubs off when they slide the wall into the Welland Canal locks.
May 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm
OK, I think we’re having a triple ship here! Cason J. Callaway is departing now, Spartan/Spartan II is following, and John J. Boland is leaving the fueling dock. Wow!!
May 17, 2014 at 12:10 pm
John J. Boland is departing Fraser Shipyards now…heading to Calumet before departing for Silver Bay in a while!
May 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm
Always tune in to see what is happening. Check it many times a day. Just an awesome website and info! Look forward to coming up this Summer to visit!
Thanks for all the hard work!
May 9, 2014 at 11:39 am
I love the streaming cam!! It is so exciting to watch when I can’t be there! I am addicted! Thanks for letting us experience.
May 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm
It was exciting to watch the departure of the Burns Harbor. We don’t often get to see her. Thanks, Captain Mark!
Cheryl in Long Beach, WA says
May 8, 2014 at 9:44 am
So happy to see the salute to the Oberstar. Digging clams in Washington, missing Duluth so much. Thanks for the cam.
May 8, 2014 at 9:19 am
hon. james l. oberstar arriving soon, to a memorial salute. flags are at half mast on ships all around the great lakes.
May 8, 2014 at 9:23 am
Hey Holly and everybody! I’m waiting for the Oberstar, too.
May 7, 2014 at 9:17 am
Ken, will the Orla be the first saltie of the season? I see she is scheduled to arrive Fri May 9.
May 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm
Diane, the Diana 🙂 is expected to be the first saltie of the season. She is currently anchored off Duluth, along with another saltie, Zealand Delilah. I don’t know if they are stuck in the ice, or what, but hopefully they will arrive soon!
May 6, 2014 at 11:23 am
I think I missed something, when did they stop the Horn
and who’s idea was it ???/
David Lersch, Capt, USCG retired says
May 5, 2014 at 9:26 am
The CG made a bad decision to remove the fog horn when a few people complained about it. Were there really budgetary issues or was it the influence of political pressure to have it removed…I was stationed at the Marine Safety Office, Duluth and lived in town. Many residents and visitors loved that fog horn!
May 5, 2014 at 10:28 am
I loved the sound of the fog horn when I visited my grandparents in Duluth as a child. When my son moved to Duluth, he called me one night and held up his phone so I could hear it again. It was wonderful. Fog horns, like train whistles in the night, are sort of comforting (probably not so much now to all those vacationers in the Canal Park area.) He and his family moved away but still come back to vacation and I came with them last Sept. I fell in love with Duluth all over again.
April 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm
Saw all seven ships arrive Port of Duluth 12:18 until 13:45. Just like opening a Christmas stocking and all of the goodies falling out! Does the fog horn no longer have a horn and just a whistle? I believe that is what I am hearing as the fog rolled in. My husband was the lighthouse tender who blew that horn hour after hour while on watch at the South Pier when we had fog. Bridge was up and down 3 times between 12:00 and 13:45! Can you imagine being stuck in that line of traffic!!!!
April 30, 2014 at 8:11 pm
it was so cool!
April 30, 2014 at 1:44 pm
Well, THAT was FUN !!!!!
Pat Hanson says
April 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm
Oh my now the fog has rolled in and ruined all our fun!
April 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Wow this is awesome, from home I can see 3 ships in a convoy out in the ice, did see the Canadian ship come through the canal but the others seem to be waiting or stuck. What a sight
April 30, 2014 at 12:13 pm
This is going to be like watching a parade!
Anne Oppegard says
April 30, 2014 at 9:09 am
I watched the Assiniboine leave this morning (she was preceded by the Mackinaw, I believe), and now MarineTraffic.Com shows her turned around and heading back? Anne, SFSD
April 30, 2014 at 9:14 am
Now she’s showing at stopped. Interesting.
April 30, 2014 at 9:24 am
Is there any update. AIS looks crazy a few miles out.
April 30, 2014 at 10:10 am
ThunderBay/Duluth AIS is crazy this morning! The Assiniboine seems to be engaged in stop-and-go. Perhaps to let the Mackinaw clear ice? Now AIS is showing the Oberstar, Callaway, and Thunder Bay all stopped about 7NM off the canal and the Mackinaw working between that group and the Assiniboine. (will it EVER be spring?!)
Tom from mpls says
April 30, 2014 at 11:54 am
Looks like a parade out there, very cool!!
April 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm
If any of you haven’t seen Dennis O’Hara’s new harbor camera, you really should check it out. It’s got a view of the bridge that I think only Ken’s camera can beat. Just scroll down a little on the home page, and click on the picture of the camera with the words “Visitor Stream 2” above it.
April 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm
It looks a little Moist up there today, we are having liquid sunshine also. Nice to see them come through from little bit different angle! Thank you again for the great job you do Ken
Patti Wright says
April 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm
A camera facing the bay would be cool also …… but that cost more money
April 24, 2014 at 10:16 am
Just watched the American Integrity come in. So nice to hear your voice, Ken!
April 24, 2014 at 10:18 am
Thanks Jill; its always nice to read your notes also. hehe
April 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm
Looks like they are taking large slabs of concrete from the surround of the tug boat!! Quite an undertaking!
April 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm
I WAS THERE ON TUE. THEY ARE REPLACEING THE RAMP TO BUILDING
April 22, 2014 at 9:42 am
What’s going on with that crane that is situated on the North Pier just on the edge of the picture by the tug boat? Can’t see what they are doing — anyone know?
Jeff Haertlein says
April 22, 2014 at 10:07 am
All I know is, that I can hear an air compressor and jack hammer, so maybe they are taking out some concrete somewhere close.
April 24, 2014 at 6:19 pm
They are redoing the ramp for handicap going into the museum
April 20, 2014 at 9:08 pm
anyone know whats up with the Miner?
April 20, 2014 at 9:11 pm
she is stopped in the ice about a mile off the duluth piers. word is no tug assist until morning.
April 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm
this info came from a crew member who relayed the info, which in turn, was posted on facebook.
April 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm
when’s the convoy coming ?
April 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm
Hopefully soon, Jeff! I believe they will leave Whitefish Bay on Easter Sunday, but this is just a guess.
Lee Sanford says
April 16, 2014 at 10:28 pm
What a night… one look through your window…says more than 10,000 words. Sail safe mariners!
April 15, 2014 at 9:07 pm
I think I just saw the Sam Laud sail under the bridge at 21:03. She was moving!
April 16, 2014 at 4:03 pm
Donna, I believe that was the Algoma Discovery you were watching. Sam Laud departed about 19:45, and Algoma Discovery was at 21:00. I unfortunately missed the
Sam Laud’s departure, but I was able to see the Algoma Discovery, and I agree that she was going pretty fast.
james pfeifer says
April 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm
where did all the ships go!!!! i was gone for a while and came back and all ships where gone! and there not on ais
April 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm
james, check this out:
April 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm
now that was cool……BOMBS AWAY ships,, a convoy across the greatist of great lakes.. thanks Ken
April 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm
Why would the icebreaker be in the rear rather than the front? I guess maybe the lanes aren’t too bad?
April 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm
Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a Convoy!
April 14, 2014 at 8:38 pm
Stewart J. Cort is a really cool, one of a kind ship, I wish she went in and out the Duluth side more often.
April 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm
I totally agree, Jay. She is one unique vessel, and we don’t get the opportunity to see a ship like that too often. I consider myself lucky that I was able to see her in winter layup in Sturgeon Bay this winter.
April 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm
Wow, Stewart J. Cort’s departure just a few minutes ago was pretty cool. She blasted her horn twice as she left port. Can’t wait to see more boat traffic in Duluth!!
April 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm
Finally, we’re getting some harbor action! This has been a long and lonely winter, and I’m so glad to see so many ships in port. Here’s hoping to a great 2014 shipping season!!
April 14, 2014 at 8:46 am
Looks like convoys for a while, that will be interesting. If we can just get Ken to do some type of CW McCall impersonation as they pass under the Lift Bridge all would be right with the world.
April 14, 2014 at 6:01 am
Maybe a triple on this beautiful morning? Outstanding!!
April 14, 2014 at 7:33 am
I take that back, it looks like a crowded freeway out there. Too cool!!
April 14, 2014 at 7:34 am
or more, i think the c.s.l. was being towed, not sure.
April 13, 2014 at 10:20 am
Oh, oh, — Walter J. McCarthy — my mistake!!! Oh dear, first one I’ve made today!
April 13, 2014 at 10:18 am
Watched the Walter S. McCarthy, Jr. smash through the ice in the canal at 10:10 today as she arrived Port of Duluth. Boat nerds were all crowded on the pier. Great to see! Sheets of ice were floating out of the canal into the lake! Hooray!!!
April 12, 2014 at 8:52 am
Mesabi Miner and Kaye E Barker with assistance from the CG Katmai Bay and CG Morro Bay are already rounding the tip of the UP heading toward Whitefish Bay – we’ll see if they are able to get all the way to the Soo Locks. They have to be 4 brave boats, hope they make it without damage. That convoy coming up from the Soo sure isn’t making any progress yet. Reports on Boatnerd of ice up to 14′ thick in some areas out there in some areas due to high winds piling up the ice. Roger Blough has a hole in its hull by the engine room. This is very compelling “boat watching” for sure!
April 12, 2014 at 9:05 am
damn, there dropping like flys,
..Roger blough is my fav,, he will be back
April 12, 2014 at 9:28 am
Yeah me too, I have a few nice photos of the Blough when she was laid up in Frasier last winter.
April 13, 2014 at 2:25 am
dont be shy jay, lets have a look at those Blough pics you have..
April 13, 2014 at 8:28 am
I tried but I can’t figure out if there’s a way to add pics in here! I see the convoy heading this way is making progress, they should be around the tip of the UP by the end of the day. Miner and Barker made it safely from here to Marquette!
April 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm
The Miner and Barker are headed to Marquette to unload coal at Presque Isle _ That’s at the LS&I ore dock – south side.
April 11, 2014 at 8:27 pm
5 boat convoy Gott,Spear,Cort,SamLaud & Algoma Discover with two ice breakers- Radisson and Mackinaw enroute to Twin Ports.
April 11, 2014 at 8:29 pm
Speer & Algoma Discovery – sorry about the mis-spell
April 11, 2014 at 6:38 pm
Is that you, Steve, waving by the tug boat in canal park?
April 12, 2014 at 6:20 pm
Sorry to say it wasn’t me
We didn’t think there were any more ships coming in and left Duluth about 12:30
Should have checked the schedule before we left
We will be back in Duluth again
April 10, 2014 at 8:17 pm
via AIS it appears that the Roger Blough and the CGIB Mackinaw have turned about and are heading back toward the SOO.
Anyone hear any news?
The Canadian IB is heading back to the 4 boat convoy north of Whitefish Point
April 10, 2014 at 9:24 pm
From Boatnerd: “Sources say the Roger Blough suffered damage to her hull caused by the ice. Heading back to the Soo for the time being. She may eventually end up at a shipyard for repairs.”
It looks like the rest of the convoy has dropped anchor. This seems like a disaster waiting to happen. I have never been on a laker but I would have to imagine this type of thing is very hard on these ships. It will be really interesting to see what is done to get caught back up when things eventually open up again, could we see some laid up boats back in action this summer such as the Ryerson?
April 10, 2014 at 5:44 pm
Glad you’re having fun, Steve. Wish I was there right now! I hope you’ll be able to see lots more ships. 🙂
April 9, 2014 at 10:43 am
Just saw the American Spirit arrive at 10:39! About 2 dozen people on the pier to greet her! Saw it on the LSMMA camera!
April 9, 2014 at 11:55 am
I was there with you, Donna, and enjoyed it just like you! Great looking boat, and I was glad to see many people and even two dogs awaiting her arrival. Wish we could have been there!
April 9, 2014 at 2:50 pm
We will be in Duluth tomorrow, hope to see some ships
April 9, 2014 at 3:01 pm
lots of luck, steve…there are plenty of ships to see, just not moving ones!
April 9, 2014 at 5:07 pm
Lucky!!! Have fun, Steve!
April 10, 2014 at 4:21 pm
Walked down by the bridge about noon
No ships in or out of Duluth today
One left Superior this morning
Saw it across the lake while we were driving up to Two Harbors
Nice and sunny, mid 40’s
April 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm
Munson and Callaway are at the SOO Locks
April 3, 2014 at 3:49 pm
I just looked on AIS, and the John J. Boland was on the map in Fraser Shipyards!! Ken, do you know if she’ll be leaving soon? 🙂
April 3, 2014 at 8:26 am
the callaway, munson, mackinaw convoy is on ais (marinetraffic.com) MOVING toward the soo, led by the canadian radisson.
April 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm
Go take a look a pasty.com and look at the pictures from today. One of the guys on the Callaway is posting pictures on his Facebook page of the ships stuck in ice and being rescued by the Mackinaw. I’ve been tracking these boats for seven days. Still can’t understand why they even attempted to make the crossing. Now we have 20 inches of snow forecasted for the U.P. tonight. Winter is getting real old.
Jim in Texas says
April 2, 2014 at 8:49 am
Thanks for the cam. Would it be possible to leave the sound on? That adds a lot to the boat watching.
Jeff B. Haertlein says
April 3, 2014 at 8:21 am
It was a nice wake up view to watch the Presque Isle leave this AM on Ken’s camera. As for the sound. It would be incredible, but he can’t leave the sound on all the time in his office. Now if there was a mic jack on his camera, he might be able to plug in a mic and place it just outside the window, and still close the window. Then we could have sound as well, and not interfere in his office duties, etc.
Eric Grant says
April 6, 2014 at 7:23 am
Simple fix, turn on the LSMMA steaming camera and listen to the sound there. We can’t expect Ken to do everything you know. The view is good enough for all of us.
April 6, 2014 at 7:26 am
eric…that’s what i do. works great!
April 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Love this view of the bridge and canal, Ken! Great job!!!
April 3, 2014 at 8:25 am
Yes, this is a great viewing angle. Just remember everyone, we are lucky we have this view at all!!!!!!!!!!!! But it is great to see this view, when I am home from work or have the day off. My “Thanks” too, Ken!
April 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm
just love looking… anticipating a visit as soon as the ice breaks up a bit. The spring run of ice makes for great pictures!
April 1, 2014 at 7:30 am
Haven’t been on since January and am happy the Camera is back on but right now all I see is heavy snow falling. LOL I also am watching the Live Stream webcam of the construction of the new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis and it is cloudy right now. Wonder if the snow will drift down there.
April 1, 2014 at 8:04 am
Half hour later and I answered my own question. It is starting to snow in Minneapolis. Went on the Live Stream of the stadium construction and the ground is turning white. Lucky I live in Hawaii. Hee hee hee
April 1, 2014 at 8:40 am
Hey there, Paul! Great to hear from you!
April 1, 2014 at 6:34 pm
April 1, 2014 at 4:28 am
If Kens cam ant on,,, three more weeks of winter????
Eric Kimgy says
March 31, 2014 at 10:24 pm
I was reading previous comments and that Eric’s take on this site is right, you get a full side profile view of the boats not like the other sites, I’m glad that this is zoomed in now. Forget looking at the full bridge view, you could look at the Lafarge cam if you want that. Keep this view locked in Captin Ken.
March 31, 2014 at 10:45 pm
thanks for the kind words; i appreciate it a lot. And i will try to keep it going
Tim Q says
March 31, 2014 at 6:54 am
I’m so glad that someone on one of my railfan sites, I love trains too, told me about these great webcams. I’ve lived in Alabama most of my life, but I spent five years in Michigan when I was a kid. During that time, I developed a love for the Great Lakes and the vessels that work upon them.
Eric Pohlad is 100 percent correct: “I’m a firm believer that those who enjoy something should contribute back, so I challenge other to do the same.”
I will be making a donation to this site and I encourage everyone else to do the same.
As far as the webcam angle goes, it’s almost impossible to please everyone. On my railfan webcams, some subscribers are always pleased with the view while others are not.
I’m just glad I can see all of this cool stuff!
March 30, 2014 at 9:29 pm
Mesabi Miner passed under the Aerial Lift Bridge at 21:21 tonight and my Granddaughter and I were disappointed that the ship did not salute the bridge — at least we could not hear it if it did!!!
March 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm
Miners lights are showing on the channel cam
March 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm
good call John,about a 2.5 hr. run from two harbors to duluth, now everyone is going back to Grandmas to finish there beer. the ship mates should throw candy to the pear,after all they are on floats.
March 30, 2014 at 11:34 pm
Looks like lights out on the Miner for now, schedule says trying it again in about a week!
March 30, 2014 at 8:26 pm
It is so good to see the pier lights back on once again!!! Welcome Spring!!!
March 30, 2014 at 7:01 pm
Miner is heading to Duluth at about 10.8 knts, just passing Two Harbors
March 30, 2014 at 3:42 pm
A tugboat went out this morning and as of noon when we left Duluth it hadn’t brought anything in yet:(
March 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Does anyone know what day the Mesabi Miner departed layup? I can’t seem to find a date anywhere.
March 30, 2014 at 12:31 pm
she departed on march 27 at about 2 a.m.
March 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm
March 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm
I’m in Duluth and yes the bridge isn’t lit up for some reason. The weather is clear.
March 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm
March 29, 2014 at 10:22 pm
hey, lights are back on!
March 29, 2014 at 10:28 pm
here’s the explanation:
March 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm
Am I missing something or are the floodlights which focus on the bridge out tonight? What’s with that?
March 29, 2014 at 9:03 pm
donna, it does look like they are out…also it appears to be snowing pretty hard. ugh!
March 29, 2014 at 10:30 am
I see the CG icebreaker Mackinaw was at Thunder Bay. What happened to the Munson and the Callaway? Stuck in the heavy ice??
March 30, 2014 at 4:46 pm
Munson looks to be stuck in ice in Canadian waters. It’s been sitting there for two days. Status is Laid up.
March 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm
Roco, what ais are you using to see the munson? last report i heard was that she was waiting for the mackinaw to lead the way to the soo. i don’t see either of them on ais.
March 30, 2014 at 5:05 pm
I was watching it last night on marinetraffic.com AIS. The Mackinaw looked to be in route to support. If you check the current status is shows the boat in the same location but it’s not coming up on the GPS map anymore. I suspect stranded in the ice. Speed was .1 or stopped. Go to NOAA Coast Watch Great Lakes Region and you can see the ice cover out there. I can’t understand why they’re even attempting to send these boats out right now. The east end of the lake is even worse as you get closer to the Soo.
March 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm
ok, thanks for clarifying…it really is a mess out there. mesabi miner is coming back to duluth after taking a load of coal to taconite harbor, but her next coal run has been changed. she will remain in duluth until april 7.
Eric Pohlad says
March 29, 2014 at 8:20 am
This camera angle is far superior to the full bridge view. We are able to view the vessels clearly, while still viewing the bridge. The advantage with this camera is not the bridge view as the Lafarge camera offers that if that’s your thing. This is a camera that allows side views of vessels. I will start supporting this site as I just started viewing recently after someone suggested it to me. With that said, I’m a firm believer that those who enjoy something should contribute back, so I challenge other to do the same. Skip a single coffee or car wash and a donation to the owner(s) of this site. Wonderful site here and perfect camera angle at that!
All the best,
Kevin G says
March 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm
I see Winter is refusing to go away in Duluth.
March 27, 2014 at 7:31 pm
ha ha,, here in prior lake also,
March 27, 2014 at 1:36 am
Here comes the Mesabi Miner! FYI I like this camera angle, more ship / less bridge.
March 27, 2014 at 2:03 am
“OFF AIR” when the Miner was almost to the bridge…
March 27, 2014 at 10:59 am
I am real sorry about that; flash crashed, i was asleep. Just caught it now, when i arrived at the office. Ken
March 27, 2014 at 7:42 pm
keep rolling Ken ,,no compliant here,, bombs away
March 29, 2014 at 9:20 am
Yes Ken, no complaints here, thanks for all you do!!! It was just one of those “computers seem to find the least convenient time to fail” moments that we all know & love!
March 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm
Did you just change this page ???
No place to make comments of to watch the harbor cams ???
Am I just missing something ???
March 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm
steve, ken is working on a new format for the page, so some things are in different places, or missing for now. i’m sure it will all be back in place soon…
March 26, 2014 at 8:13 pm
Ken — Just a comment….What has happened to the angle of the camera on the bridge? Way too much of the South Pier Motel and not enough of the bridge, and the North bridge support hardly shows — do you see what I mean? I’m sure you’ll get it all resolved. The cat must have hit the camera again!!!
Linda Gable says
March 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Ken– Thanks for the view of the bridge and ships. I was born and grew up in Superior until my father found work here in Idaho. I now live in Coeur d’ Alene Idaho. I try to come back to superior as much as I can. This is a small taste of home and I miss going down to watch the ships. Last time I was there I brought my kids to see it all. They said mom this is so cool. LOL I miss home there but it not so bad that I can see a part of it now. As long as you have the camera I will keep watching. Thanks again Ken.
March 25, 2014 at 10:47 pm
Ken, how do ships use bow thrusters with ice?? just a ??? glad your back
March 25, 2014 at 8:21 pm
hi shipheads,nice to see action under the bridge,
March 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm
Sorry but i need to turn the cam off tonight (March 25th) since i am doing a very large back up on another computer that uses this same internet connection; it should be back up Wednesday morning
March 24, 2014 at 9:55 pm
Ken – so great to have your cam back on! No matter how many others may come along, yours is the best – feel like I am THERE! Many thanks!
March 24, 2014 at 6:09 pm
Nice to see a Three-fer, but only two horns ???
March 24, 2014 at 6:13 pm
yeah, weird…but an awesome sight!
March 22, 2014 at 8:08 pm
Wow, what a shipping day! Saw the Presque Isle sail under the bridge at 20:02 this evening. What a sight! Lots of people taking pictures with their phones! One guy was flying something which was lit all around the canal park area — what was it! It almost looked like a kite which had some kind of light in it. Any clues???
March 22, 2014 at 8:10 pm
probably one of those remote controlled flying cameras. i saw it as well.
March 24, 2014 at 9:41 am
I also saw that and was wondering. Never heard of a flying camera before.
March 24, 2014 at 9:42 am
check this out:
March 25, 2014 at 9:43 am
Thanks – I do now remember that article.
March 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm
Saw the Cason J. Callaway just go under the bridge and leave port at 13:20!!! Good thing the Alder is out ahead of it!!! WEEEEE–shipping is beginning!
March 22, 2014 at 10:37 am
Just saw the Alder go under the bridge; what a sight! Spring just may be around the corner, hey Ken??? Thanks for sharing with us on your camera!!!
March 22, 2014 at 10:44 am
Spring??? What the hell is that? Some new season they just invented??
March 22, 2014 at 10:35 am
Good morning, everybody!! Great to see the bridge. Thanks, Ken!
March 22, 2014 at 9:43 am
Yes!!! So cool to see the Ken Cam again! Thanks Ken!
March 22, 2014 at 7:23 am
Camera back on! Thank you Ken
March 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm
YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, The season, horns,ships,Ken and friends are back.
March 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm
YES…HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!
March 19, 2014 at 10:23 am
Thanks, Ken; I was beginning to get excited! Now I can relax until the 26th!!!! Watching the front end loader moving the snow on the North pier!!!
March 19, 2014 at 8:33 am
Mesabi Miner getting ready for departure tonight 3/19/2014
March 19, 2014 at 10:01 am
The Mesabi Miner is still targeted to load on March 26 for Tac Harbor. It will not be loading today and departing
March 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm
All the ships are getting ready because the soo locks will open on the 25 of March.
March 14, 2014 at 7:18 pm
Daniel.i have been watching all the aises i have not seen any ship movement yet be sides cutter alder. do you no something i dont no
March 14, 2014 at 6:13 pm
Yes, I saw Ken too on tonights NBC News. An interesting segment. Glad I watched the National News tonight.
March 14, 2014 at 6:06 pm
Ken, saw you on the National news today.
Lets get the ships moving
March 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm
Wow, I can’t believe how many ships are leaving winter layup! You would think they would stay in port longer because of how harsh this winter has been and how much ice there is. So far this week, Roger Blough has left Milwaukee, Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. VanEnkevort has left Escanaba, and just last night, Joseph L. Block left Sturgeon Bay. I think the shipping season might be starting a little early this year!
For those of you who want to stay updated on ship departures around the Lakes, here’s Boatnerd’s AIS map:
March 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm
daniel i think the ships are going to be late departing late this year because all the thick ice
March 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm
You could be right, James. We’ll just have to wait another few weeks to find out!
March 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm
Wow, I can’t believe this weather! Here in central WI, we hit 50 degrees today, which is our warmest weather since what, October? I hope that we are finally done with all this cold, brutal weather. I’m totally ready for the shipping season to start! 🙂
March 6, 2014 at 9:33 am
does anyone no if the alder is going out again today
March 5, 2014 at 9:15 am
looks like the alder is having trouble
March 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm
James, according to articles I’ve read, the Alder is having to break through ice anywhere from 2 to 5 feet thick in the Duluth harbor. So I have to agree that she may be having trouble!
February 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm
steve, i looked back at posts from last year. look here to see how the season progressed, then regressed, then finally got going:
February 27, 2014 at 11:31 am
Looks as sunny in Duluth as it is here,
Hope so see the ships moving soon.
Good luck with the ice.
February 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm
With the ice on the lake, when do you think we will be seeing ships ???
High here 0 tomorrow, notch melting around Mn.
Friend had to pull his fish house off the lake, the weight of the snow is pushing water up through the cracks and holes in the lake
February 23, 2014 at 8:27 am
I was just looking on Issac Pennock’s website Tugboathunter, and noticed that he often talks about a fleet’s “flagship.” Does anyone know off hand what that means?
Also, if any of you haven’t visited his site yet, I recommend that you do. He is an amazing photographer, and visits multiple places around the Lakes, taking pictures of the ships. He regularly makes posts with new pictures. So if any of you have never visited his site, here’s a link:
February 23, 2014 at 9:00 am
interesting question, daniel…i always thought it was the first ship built for the fleet, but i don’t think that is the case. possibly the fleet’s most important ship? isaac will likely see this and give us the definitive answer. i have enjoyed his blog for quite a while. he really does an amazing job, AND he’s still in high school!
February 23, 2014 at 9:33 am
Really? I knew he was in school still, but I thought he was in college! He certainly does do an amazing job. Thanks for your help!
February 23, 2014 at 9:43 am
Hi Daniel, thanks for the complements! To answer your question about flagships, a fleet’s flagship is usually the vessel that carries passengers and corporate guests. The flagship title rarely is used much anymore as compared to previous eras when new ships were being launched every few years. Also, not all companies still carry guests/passengers on their vessels, so the usage of the title has diminished. Hope this helps, and I’m glad you enjoy the site!
February 23, 2014 at 9:55 am
Thanks for the reply! I have been looking at your site for quite a while now, and I love reading your posts. Keep up the great work!! 🙂
February 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm
Wow, look at all that snow! That’s crazy! Stay warm, Duluthians!
February 22, 2014 at 10:22 am
I would be in a serious state of depression by now. I’ve got to have my warmer southern climate. My pretty, fat yellow buttercups and purple hyacinths are coming up in my yard and I’m counting the days until spring. I’m also counting the days until the Kencam is on air!
February 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Well, Jill, just be glad you’re not here in Wisconsin. It’s HORRIBLY cold, and I don’t know how much more of this I’ll be able to stand! Enjoy your “spring” weather!
February 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm
Just look at that beautiful full moon light up the canal and reflect on the water/ice!!! Absolutely outstanding!!!! Duluth!!!
February 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm
I don’t mind at all, Holly. That’s fine with me. I wonder why you can’t find anything on their site, like you said earlier…And Steve, I agree! It’s almost boring without any ships to watch! 🙂
February 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm
probably nothing to do with their site…i just have never taken the time to find my way around it. usually read the news or look up a boat and that’s about it.
February 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm
I love reading the news, too. Some people might call me crazy, but I read the news on their site every day. It’s actually very interesting stuff.
February 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm
Yes! Boatnerd posted my Sturgeon Bay pictures on today’s News Photo Gallery. I linked it below for you all to see.
Here is a list of all the ships in port so far for layup:
St. Marys Challenger, CSL Niagara, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, Hon. James L. Oberstar, Joseph L. Block, American Mariner, Stewart J. Cort, Edgar B. Speer, James R. Barker, Paul R. Tregurtha, Wilfred Sykes, and Arthur M. Anderson.
February 12, 2014 at 11:34 am
Daniel, your pictures are fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing them with us, and congratulations for getting them posted on Boatnerd. That photo of all the boats lined up next to each other is really good.
February 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm
wow daniel…thanks for posting the link. i can never find what i want on their site. will you post to facebook?
February 12, 2014 at 12:54 pm
I don’t use Facebook, sorry. Thanks for the comments, though! Taking the pictures was really fun.
February 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm
How long before we see them in Duluth again ??????
Long winter without ships !
February 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm
do you mind if i put the link on the “boatnerds of facebook” page? i think some of the members there would enjoy them.
February 7, 2014 at 11:23 pm
I just got to Sturgeon Bay a little while ago, and I am staying until Sunday morning. Of course, the first thing I did on the way into town was take a look at the layup fleet. There are 12 ships so far, with at least one more, Philip R. Clarke, expected soon. I am planning on going out tomorrow and taking plenty of pictures. When I return home, I’ll send them into Boatnerd, so hopefully they’ll post them in a photo gallery. Looking forward to tomorrow!
February 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm
Thanks, Daniel. Have fun and stay warm up there!
February 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm
Thanks, Jill. I took a ton of pictures today, and can’t wait to get home now to download them. If Boatnerd does post them in a gallery, I’ll link that page so you all can see the layup fleet. The temperatures aren’t too bad, and it is nice up here.
Richard Hutchings says
February 3, 2014 at 9:07 am
Up at 6:00am CST. 68* already. Snow and Ice all gone, and I hope it stays that way. That is the first time I have seen snow since 2007 when I was pulling a Milk Tanker. Hope everyone is doing well. Raining here today. Currently 68*, but the forecast high for today is 66. This has been one strange winter.
February 4, 2014 at 7:36 am
Hey Richard — it’s kind of hard to decide from day to day what you’re going to wear!
February 5, 2014 at 9:02 am
We don’t have that problem in Mn.
High today of about 6
May hit the teens by the weekend
February 5, 2014 at 9:51 am
Better get out that suntan lotion, Steve!
February 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm
Is nice and sunny !!!!
February 2, 2014 at 7:49 pm
Have you noticed — the lights on the piers are no longer lit! It looks so sad!
February 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm
pretty sure they were on last night…it does look sad.
February 2, 2014 at 7:58 pm
I have noticed, Donna . . . I wonder if it’s because of the cold, or maybe they’re trying to save electricity. Either way, it does look sad!
February 1, 2014 at 9:47 am
Hey Y’all!! Wild couple of days down here but things are getting back to normal. It was incredible to see the entire city of Birmingham grind to a halt within about one hour, but it did just that. The snow was not the problem, it was the cold temperatures and the ice storm. The bad weather was predicted for south Alabama, but it hit further north (central Alabama) instead. Schools had just dismissed at 10:45 Tuesday morning and many businesses were closing to allow folks to get home. Very few made it to their destinations. The roads were just impassable — solid ice. School kids got home if they could walk; otherwise they stayed overnight at their schools. I live on a hill and I’m sure there were about 40 or 50 cars left abandoned in the street. Many people who were walking to their destination did not have proper clothing and it was probably 20 degrees. Thousands of motorists were stuck in their cars overnight on the interstates. Just unbelievable. Just as unbelievable is the fact that we will be in the mid 60’s today! My buttercups are coming up! Hurry spring!!!
February 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm
I’m glad you’re safe down there, Jill. I’ve never heard another time when Alabama got this bad. Hope things shape up soon!
January 31, 2014 at 3:52 pm
Don’t know if any of you have heard yet . . . Canada Steamship Lines’ two Trillium Class bulkers were just launched a few days ago in China. They look pretty much the same as the self unloaders that are on the Lakes, minus the self unloading equipment.
Hope everyone is staying safe, especially those of you down south!
January 31, 2014 at 1:02 pm
hey southerners…are things better down there today? hope so.
January 30, 2014 at 8:13 am
20* here in NW Florida. Still have snow all over the place. I hope the weatherman’s predictions come true. Calling for high 60’s to low 70’s for this weekend. I am tired of this crap. Thanks Lady Holly. I grew up in this crap in Michigan. I know how to drive in it, and I have 4×4. My son and I went out and played around it it yesterday.
January 30, 2014 at 5:05 am
This question is for those who live in Duluth. I was taking the Duluth Virtual Tour and was wondering, why are there so many radio towers (I counted 14) on the hillside??
Bentleyville looks really nice.
January 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm
Just looked at the Duluth weather. 2005hrs. 8:05 PM 29 Jan 14. You folks are 3* cooler that we are here in NW Florida. You are showing 19, and we are at 22*. Ice and snow everywhere. Interstate 10 closed from Tallahassee to Pensacola. SR85 closed from Ala line to Niceville. Just miserable. Stay safe everybody.
January 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm
richard, a mess like that is commonplace here, you guys have got it bad right now…stay in if you are able, if not, take it slow and easy! be safe, to all in the midst of this miserable southern storm…that goes for you, jill!
January 29, 2014 at 6:54 pm
Wow, Jill. You guys really are going through some tough times. Watching the news this evening, all the traffic backups and crashes are crazy, there’s so many! Stay safe down there!
January 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm
here is a link to some video of what the southerners are putting up with today…hope all y’all will be safe!!
January 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm
Don’t know what to say, it just got up to -1 @ 3:30
Nice and sunny, may hit 20 tomorrow
January 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm
We here in NW Florida are at 36* and it has begun raining and snow mixed. They say we could get 1-3″ here where I live. I am 35 miles South of the Florida, Alabama line. Stay safe everyone.
January 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm
Hey Daniel and everybody, here’s a weather oddity. 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected for the Alabama gulf coast tonight. Snow on the beach! The high on Tuesday (tomorrow) is expected to be 34 in Birmingham. High on this Saturday is predicted to be 64! We are swinging 20 to 30 degrees everyday right now.
January 28, 2014 at 8:35 am
Wow, Jill! Being as cold as it is in WI, I’m actually looking forward to temperatures in the 30s!
January 28, 2014 at 8:47 am
-20 degrees!!! Y’all be careful up there!
January 28, 2014 at 8:59 am
Same to you! Enjoy your “cold” temperatures! 🙂
January 27, 2014 at 11:33 am
I live in central Wisconsin, and it is actually a few degrees colder here than in Duluth! Is anyone else besides me a little chilled? Stay warm, Ken, and all you Duluthians.
January 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm
Do you have or is there a place you can post photos on this site?
January 20, 2014 at 9:34 am
While we wait for summer and the new Canadian ships . . . here’s a video I found on YouTube of the Whitefish Bay passing Port Huron, when they had a near accident with a fishing boat that stalled in the middle of the river. It’s a reminder of the danger that the ships face during the season!
January 20, 2014 at 9:49 am
Thanks, Daniel. You had to be a quick reader to catch that ending script!! Port Huron looks like a beautiful place to watch the boats.
January 20, 2014 at 9:51 am
thanks for posting, daniel…in case you missed it, here is ken’s video of a tour on the whitefish bay:
January 20, 2014 at 10:25 am
That is a good video, Holly. And Jill, I agree that Port Huron would be a nice place to watch ships. I’ve never been there myself, but it sounds like a pretty cool place. Hope I can go sometime!
January 16, 2014 at 9:54 am
Looks like thats it for the year.
When do they start again, March ???
January 16, 2014 at 9:58 am
yup…now what do we do?
this is from the boatnerd.com news page.
Soo Locks close for season with downbound passages
1/16 – Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – With the downbound passage of the U.S.C.G. Cutter Bristol Bay, the 2013 navigation season came to an end at the Soo Locks around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Earlier in the afternoon, the downbound tug Victory and barge James L. Kuber were the final commercial vessels through the locks for the season. Crews will be busy at the Soo Locks with maintenance projects until they re-open March 25.
January 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm
Time for a long Winter nap.
See you in the Spring
January 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm
Does anyone have any idea what the Mesabi Miner is doing out there? It looked like she would anchor, or something, but now she’s heading back out. Maybe waiting for something???
January 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm
I have been watching too, and not sure what she is doing. I also have the scanner on va the other website, and have heard nothing. I am sure she will come in via the Duluth Entry, as there is too much ice in the inner harbor for them to use the Superior Entry. Plus I am pretty sure those are ice fishing shantys I see in the inner harbor. But I am NO expert, or an authority!!
January 15, 2014 at 5:22 pm
I see now. If you look on the schedule, http://www.duluthboats.com/
Ken updated and it says that the Miner is taking a delay before arriving. She is now expected between 18:00 and 21:00.
January 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm
So is the miner coming in to Superior? Her path appears to be favoring that direction.
January 15, 2014 at 3:38 pm
Not sure. It was on the horizon and then turned back to the east (according to the tracking website) but now appears headed back toward Duluth/Superior. Not sure what’s going on.
January 14, 2014 at 11:39 am
It has to be the site I use. I went to google and googled duluth web cams and it loads fine. Thank you Lady Holly.
January 14, 2014 at 11:02 am
I can’t get the live stream to load.
January 14, 2014 at 11:08 am
seems ok here, richard.
January 14, 2014 at 6:30 am
Read an article yesterday where ships using Lake Superior are encountering the worst buildup of ice in decades. The National Weather Service said this is the second fastest and thickest ice build up in 35 years. When viewing the canal and shoreline, it doesn’t seem to have blown up to Duluth yet. I imagine when we get a Nor’easter, it will come in strong and hard. I can just hear the ice crunching!
January 13, 2014 at 5:11 pm
Red light is back on the the North Pier Light!
January 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm
yea! much better!
January 11, 2014 at 6:26 pm
Wonder how bad the ice is out by the Apostle Islands. . .if its holding up CSL Laurentien that much, it must be pretty bad.
January 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm
isn’t it odd that no cg or tug has gone to assist?
January 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm
I noticed on AIS that Alder left Duluth a little while ago and is making 16.3 knots. Maybe she’s going to help.
January 11, 2014 at 7:34 am
Am I imagining it, or is the red light on the North Lighthouse out again or do they turn it off when there is no scheduled shipping? For some reason, I don’t recall this happening in other years! Looks like a milder day in Duluth — good for the weekend tourists!
January 11, 2014 at 7:56 am
yup…it was out again last night. not sure what the deal is! 28° above zero right now…WOW!
January 9, 2014 at 9:20 am
I see Duluth is warmer than the past week. According to accu weather, it is currently -2 and going to a high of 14.
January 9, 2014 at 9:27 am
spring is just around the corner! (the corner with the big pile of snow!)
January 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm
Ashtabula/Defiance’s departure was pretty cool to watch, with the sea smoke and everything. I am watching the Frontenac arrive right now. . .same cold conditions!
January 7, 2014 at 9:59 am
Don’t go near the fog!!
January 6, 2014 at 3:18 pm
I wonder what’s going to happen with Hollyhock . . . according to AIS, they’re docked in St. Ignace right now. I feel so bad for them because they just had misc. repairs and drydocking this past summer. Now, they’ll need MORE repairs. And same with the Mesabi Miner . . maybe they’ll go into winter layup a little earlier than planned. Who knows?
ed guyette says
January 6, 2014 at 8:42 am
looks like ais n paul r tergurtha headed to brnfor winter lay up
January 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm
I feel really bad for the crews of both the Mesabi Miner and the USCG Hollyhock. I don’t know if any of you have heard about the crash, but it happened at around 11:00 this morning in the Straits of Mackinac:
And the Hollyhock just got out of drydock this summer! 🙁
January 6, 2014 at 7:06 am
Thanks for the heads up, good story, too bad for those involved.
January 5, 2014 at 10:33 am
Ken, you must have bumped the camera.
January 5, 2014 at 10:40 am
I did, but on purpose.It was looking directly into the sun. I will put it back before i leave, I hope
January 5, 2014 at 9:31 am
Wow…dramatic streaming cam of the cold and wind and sea smoke… and a few hardy souls braving it all to take it all in…
Can’t thank you enough Ken.
Any maritime movies being considered should get these images for future films… like I said… WOW and thanks Ken!
January 5, 2014 at 8:48 am
I think Baie Comeau’s arrival will be pretty cool, with the sea smoke and everything. She’s making 13 knots, so she’ll be here in just a few minutes. I hope she doesn’t go to anchor!
January 5, 2014 at 9:23 am
Baie Comeau’s arrival was amazing in the sea smoke! She looked so cool! And Holly, I saw one or two people there to watch her. You were right.
January 5, 2014 at 9:26 am
That was pretty cool. She had two tugs behind her.
January 5, 2014 at 9:33 am
What site are you on that you determined the speed and arrival of the Comeau’s arrival? You can always e-mail me direct with that info at GNX582@CenturyTel.net
January 5, 2014 at 9:37 am
Jeff, I was just using my regular AIS map. If you click on the ship, it tells you its name, speed, etc. Here is the link:
January 5, 2014 at 9:41 am
Thanks, I will try that out. I think I have tried that site, but it seemed like the info was way off. Thanks for the fast reply. We will be getting the Duluth type tmps tomorrow moring with 22 below predicted….not looking forward to going to work.
Kathy Costa says
January 5, 2014 at 2:25 pm
this is my first time commenting on Ken’s site. I love this cam showing the bridge. However, if all of you would like to enhance your viewing try this website too. I open several windows and keep the live video feeds on.
Denis O’Hara operates this one and he is also an excellent photographer. Enjoy!
January 5, 2014 at 4:10 pm
Thanks, Kathy. I love Dennis’s site, as well. If you’re interested, both he and Ken posted some amazing pictures of the Baie Comeau arrival at 9:20 this morning.
January 6, 2014 at 2:24 pm
Welcome, Kathy! Glad to have you . . .
January 5, 2014 at 8:42 am
Lake fog has everything socked in. The only thing I could see is the old tug in the park. Stay warm everybody.
January 5, 2014 at 7:37 am
As I sit here at 3:30am it is very cold outside. About 62 degrees. Now before you laugh you should know first that I live in Honolulu and we are getting what is known as Arctic Blast, cold air from Alaska. Normal low temps are 72 degrees so 62 is cold for us.
Now you can all laugh while I say Good Night and get under the covers and bundle up. Very nice morning in Duluth, except for the biting cold that is. Lucky I Live Hawaii.
January 5, 2014 at 8:08 am
sheesh, paul! hope you will be ok in those temps! 🙂
did you see that the air temp in duluth is minus 17° and the feels like temp factoring in the wind is minus 33°? but i bet when the baie comeau arrives in an hour or so, there will be people out there watching her! not me…
January 5, 2014 at 8:40 am
I know what you mean Paul. When it gets down in the 60’s here in Florida, I put on a jacket. Hang in there, we are headed into the low teens in the morning.
David Stenberg says
January 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm
We are Watching from Yuma AZ Where it is in the 70*
January 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm
🙂 nice, huh david?
January 5, 2014 at 8:38 am
That’s nice, but you get WAY too hot for me in the summer. I spent three days in Phoenix in the milk processing plant back in 2006. 118*. No thanks. At least here in Florida, I only live 31 miles from the Gulf, where I can go to cool off.
January 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm
I wonder what the deal was with Great Lakes Trader. . . they left the anchorage a little while ago, and are on their way out to Lake Superior. Maybe waiting for weather???
January 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm
Sitting here in NW Florida in 38* weather.
Watching the people walk around the park, bundled up like Nanuk of the North.
Happy New Year Duluth.
January 4, 2014 at 10:20 am
We’d better bundle up, Richard. That cold air is heading south!!
January 5, 2014 at 8:34 am
I just checked the extended forecast for us here in the NW Corner of Florida. Low of 10* expected Monday Morning with a high of 39 for the day. You were right Lady Jill. It is headed this way with a hard freeze expected. I think it is time to move back to South Florida. Wind gusts to 25 mph till Tuesday Evening. Prayers to those who live in Mn and the other Northern States. Stay warm Lady Jill.
January 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm
I have been watching the port via web cam for the past 7 years. The recent addition of the streaming camera is fantastic. I post the weather for Duluth along with a friend that lives close to the Canadian border in Mn. I was stationed at DIAP in 69-70. I love the area, but can’t take the cold. I now reside in Florida. I love reading this blog.
January 3, 2014 at 9:16 am
Which ship is lying to out in the lake? Can’t imagine having to wait to get into a safe harbor and port in this weather. As a kid living on Park Point, I don’t recall seeing that type of activity. Perhaps the old memory is getting shorter!!!
January 3, 2014 at 9:22 am
donna, that is the tug/barge joyce l. van enkevort/great lakes trader…she departed duluth last evening loaded with iron ore…don’t know why she is anchored there. things are very weird on the lakes with all the ice problems.
January 3, 2014 at 11:38 am
If the ice is really bad on the lake they maybe waiting for other down bond boats to go in a convoy with an icebreaker.
January 3, 2014 at 11:44 am
that should be down bound.
January 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm
Mesabi Miner and USGC Hollyhock in collision:
January 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm
oops USCG Hollyhock 🙂
January 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm
I don’t know if anyone else was watching at the time, but earlier this evening, the Joyce L. Van Enkevort disengaged from the Great Lakes Trader and moved about the harbor breaking ice. She then headed back to her barge, and will be departing soon. I have never seen that before, and it was pretty cool.
January 2, 2014 at 9:32 pm
i did see that, daniel…very weird!
January 2, 2014 at 5:53 pm
Just saw the St. Clair arrive at 17:52. Her bow was well coated with ice! Looked like a very cold, slow arrival! Brrrrrr!
January 2, 2014 at 6:24 pm
I agree, Donn! I watched her arrival, as well. Wish she would have blasted her horn so we could all have heard her!
January 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm
It’s kind of hard to believe that the American Spirit is already in for winter layup. I know some ships lay up early in January, but I didn’t expect a 1,000 footer to lay up this early. Maybe it’s because of the heavy ice around the Lakes.
January 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm
And now, it appears the St. Clair will be laying up, and not loading coal as expected when she arrives in a few minutes. According to Ken’s schedule, it also looks like the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be coming in tomorrow. ASC Parade!
January 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm
Happy New Year, everybody!!
December 31, 2013 at 9:00 pm
our grand poobah aboard the algomarine with julie.
December 31, 2013 at 8:57 am
I sent pictures of my recent trip to Sturgeon Bay to Boatnerd, and they posted them on today’s News Photo Gallery. If anyone is interested, I posted the link to the gallery below:
December 31, 2013 at 9:30 am
Thank you for sharing!
December 31, 2013 at 9:56 am
Great pictures, Daniel! Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year everybody!!
December 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm
The Sam Laud’s arrival was pretty cool. . .she had a good horn, too. It looked amazing with the harbor ice!
December 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm
what a beautiful view of the bridge right now at 5pm
December 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm
I agree, Mike.
December 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm
Here it is again, Holly! The Indiana Harbor is listed for Two Harbors, and is a little ways away from Duluth. That would be cool if she does arrive to wait, or something.
December 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm
i see her on ais, daniel. she’s going slow, so it will take a while to get to duluth if that’s her plan!
December 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm
Darn it! It looks like her plan was to arrive, as I see she is approaching the fueling dock. I missed her!
December 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm
I just checked Ken’s schedule, and it appears she is fueling at Calumet before heading back up to Two Harbors. I hope I’ll see her depart!
December 30, 2013 at 4:45 pm
darn…i should have alerted you that she was speeding up…sorry.
sam laud should arrive in about an hour or a bit more…
December 30, 2013 at 4:47 pm
Don’t worry about it, Holly. I was busy anyway. I’m anticipating the arrival of Sam Laud, though.
December 30, 2013 at 8:53 am
i see arthur m. anderson on ais about 45 min. out from the bridge!
December 30, 2013 at 9:13 am
oops…she’s headed back to two harbors. argh!
December 30, 2013 at 9:35 am
It can be disappointing, Holly, when a ship due in Two Harbors does that. I think they are just waiting for the dock. But I agree with you!
December 30, 2013 at 9:37 am
Good morning, Holly! I just saw someone walk across the bridge. Seems to me that it would be too painful to even breathe in -18 degree weather — that air that cold would damage the lining of your lungs. I guess my RN nature is surfacing. I am fascinated that people can tolerate living in an environment like that. Incredible!
December 30, 2013 at 9:42 am
jill, it’s the “might as well get out and enjoy it” mentality!
December 30, 2013 at 8:41 am
Wow! Looking at the Duluth forecast, I really hope everyone stays warm! The daytime highs for the next few days won’t even reach 0. I guess this is winter in the northwoods, then.
December 29, 2013 at 11:56 am
I don’t mean to brag or anything, but yesterday I got back from a trip to Sturgeon Bay. Unfortunately, I missed the arrival of the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Friday morning. I also missed the removal of CSL Niagara from the drydock on Saturday, but I did see the Martin enter drydock. As for the St. Marys Challenger, the shipyard has come a long way on her. Her pilothouse and stack were removed almost immediately, and now she has her cement unloader on her bow. Her stern was covered in scaffolding and crews were working on her notch. It was a pretty cool sight!
December 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm
We want to know what you got to see, so brag away, Daniel!
December 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm
Jill, I can’t really brag too much, because I missed the arrival of the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and CSL Niagara being pulled out of drydock. I’m glad I saw the St. Marys Challenger, though. That was a first for me. Unfortunately, though, I never saw her as her old self with her accommodations. Oh, well.
December 29, 2013 at 9:07 am
Happy New Year to you Ken and all of the Duluth/Lake Superior fans! Aren’t we lucky to be able to view all that goes on from Ken’s neat camera! Also, enjoy the one from the Inn on Lake Superior and the Corps of Army Engineers Building in Canal Park. Keep the faith — August will come (Duluth’s warm month)!!!
December 29, 2013 at 8:32 pm
Well said Donna!
December 29, 2013 at 8:53 am
Wow! Good to see your cam on this cold ice covered morning! Thanks Ken!
Bob from St.Paul says
December 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm
Looks like it is Bad there in Duluth NOW!! Other cameras are iced up !!
December 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm
Waves building on the Inn’s camera!
December 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm
wow! temps will plummet tonight, with a high tomorrow of minus 9° F. wind chill will be a factor!
December 28, 2013 at 9:24 am
I am in awe of the people who watch the boats at the canal, even at night.
December 28, 2013 at 9:35 am
me too, nan…boatnerds are a dedicated bunch!
December 28, 2013 at 10:56 am
You should be here in the Cities today, high in the upper 30’s
The only problem is the high tomorrow will be about 0
December 28, 2013 at 11:01 am
yeah steve…the ups and downs of minnesota winter!
December 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm
I do live here in the cities and it was nice for the last two days now the bottom falls out !!
December 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm
Nan, on my first trip to Duluth back in 2010, the Buffalo was scheduled to arrive at the bridge around 1:00 a.m. I asked Ken if it would be safe to go to the bridge at that time. He just chuckled and said we would not be the only folks out there. He was right! There were several people standing at the bridge watching the Buffalo make one of her rare trips to Duluth!
December 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm
I spend 1964 and 1965 on the steamship Henry Phipps. I really love being out there but I got drafted in the fall of 1965. I miss it but I do watch the ships coming and going. I never went home after I was discharged, but have been to the canal two time since I worked on the ship. I live in Kansas and have since I got out of the service. I think the Phipps was scraped sometime in the 70’s.
December 27, 2013 at 10:12 pm
Send us some stories, LtRuss!
December 29, 2013 at 10:31 pm
In the Spring of 1965 we left Duluth in a convoy lead by one of the icebreakers. We got out on the lake and the ice started to lock us in. We were told the north wind had moved the ice south so several of the ship including the Phipps headed north to the open water. By the time we got up there, the wind had changed and moved the ice back north. We sat stuck in the ice for about 12 hours if memory severs me right until the icebreaker came up and set us free.
January 1, 2014 at 8:25 pm
Hope you had some great food and snacks on board! We Boat- nerds love to hear stories from folks who have served on the lakers. Keep them coming! Happy New Year, LtRuss!
December 26, 2013 at 7:21 am
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the ship watchers out there and help me to decide if being in this situation would be fun or not…http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/cruise-ship-spends-christmas-stuck-ice-off-antarctica-161901748–abc-news-topstories.html
December 26, 2013 at 9:01 am
No, I have to wimp out again. Just too cold!!!
December 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm
Some of you don’t know what your missing here in this GREAT STATE of Minnesota
December 27, 2013 at 10:10 pm
I don’t have anything to wear and that’s the truth!!
December 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm
I would like to wish all my fellow Boatnerds and DSNTV viewers a Merry Christmas! Thank you to Ken for everything you have done this past year, and thanks for having the camera back on these past few weeks. See you in 2014!
December 24, 2013 at 11:02 am
Just saw one of the Algoma boats leave. Everything out Ken’s window looks black and white — no color at all! It’s minus 4 degrees and there are several people out in the canal. The folks who are in front of the window had to step around that huge pile of snow. The boat was rising out of the smoke (steam?) and creeping slowly out toward the lake. Those poor people had to wait quite a while for the entire boat to pass under the bridge! What a sight!
December 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm
FYI Jill, I think you’re talking about the Algoma Olympic. I watched her leave, as well. Pretty cool departure!
December 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm
Hey Daniel, I’d rather watch a boat during the summer months when the departure is a little warmer! I have been in Duluth twice — first time was in the month of August and I was still wearing a jacket. The second time was during the month of July and it was 40 degrees! It was great both times though. Hope you had a Merry Christmas!
December 25, 2013 at 11:18 pm
I did, Jill. Thanks for asking. And I have to say, I don’t have a preference of summer or winter for boatwatching. I love to see the ships anytime!
December 24, 2013 at 10:54 am
merry christmas and happy hollydays to all the dsntv viewers. so glad to have it back on air. thanks, ken!
December 24, 2013 at 10:41 am
Merry Christmas, to Ken and all my boat loving friends from the Heart of Dixie! May God bless you all!
December 21, 2013 at 7:01 pm
ken or jill or holly, i use to be able to comment at this site about 6 monts ago on my comp. now i can’t I’m using my dads now. any ideas?? if you think of anything peease reply here. thanks, tim
December 21, 2013 at 7:16 pm
i have checked and i cannot figure why u would be unable to post here; we don’t even have a banned list; i will keep looking
December 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm
thanks ken, email@example.com… thanks,Tim
December 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm
Merry Christmas to Ken – this is camera – so long as it goes on – is the best Christmas present ever!! Merry Christmas to all the boat watchers!
December 22, 2013 at 8:52 am
Yes, Tim, I remember you! Hope Ken can get it remedied for you or can figure it out. Look forward to hearing from you again. Merry Christmas, everybody!
December 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm
It’s me again; I think the Coast Guard has to get out there with a light!!!! They still do the maintenance on the lights, do they not, Ken?
December 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm
Hey, Ken — no red light on the North Pier??? Am I missing it or what is going on!
December 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm
yeah, wonder what’s up with that…it’s been out for about 4 days now. i thought they actually were there for a reason.
December 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm
What’s up with the Algomarine going sideways out at the end of the channel??
December 18, 2013 at 8:27 am
I think she backed out ????
Never seen that before.
Think we will have to run up to Duluth to check it out
Will be up there this afternoon staying at the Inn,
Just a couple doors down from the bridge
Will wave at Kens cam
December 18, 2013 at 8:31 am
she did back out…here’s another time it happened with a link to nick’s video:
post here when you are going to wave at cam…have fun, steve!
December 18, 2013 at 9:49 am
What time, Steve? Have fun up there!
December 18, 2013 at 10:34 am
We should be up there about by the bridge about 3:00
Will be down by ken’s cam and will wave
Take it easy, see you this afternoon
December 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm
Merry Christmas to all,especially Jill, Holly and ken
December 17, 2013 at 9:51 pm
merry christmas to you, mike!
December 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm
Merry Christmas, Mike!!
December 17, 2013 at 11:53 am
What’s up with the McCarthy? She just seems to be running around in circles halfway between Duluth and two harbors at about 6 knots. Maybe they’re having their Christmas party on board?
December 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm
3 hours later and she still is just sailing around, burning up fuel. Crazy…
December 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm
ok so did anyone other than me see what appeared to be lights like a ship maybe a half mile out past the end of the harbor entrance at about 6 am or so? It disappeared after maybe 10 minutes or so. Nothing was on the AIS sites. Strange…
December 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm
tom, about that time i saw on marinetraffic.com that i had missed the departure of the montrealais. she departed at 6:25. could that have been it? shortly after that she was not on ais.
December 16, 2013 at 6:03 am
That must have been it, thanks Holly. I was hoping for a ghost ship or ufo, but i guess that’s not the case.
December 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm
ken i think the red pier head light burnt out or froze up
Eric Wright (Easy-E) says
December 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm
What’s the deal everyone, is the cam up for good again? I hope Ken has reconsidered.
-Eric EZE Wright
December 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm
And I missed the Assininboine getting towed in. Have to quit my job, keeps screwing up my ship watching!
December 14, 2013 at 10:18 am
Algoma Montrealais is back in again!
December 13, 2013 at 1:47 pm
Nice coating of ice on the Century, man that looks cold!!
December 12, 2013 at 6:24 am
Missed the Montrealais. Hate it when work gets in the way. Its sad when the old ships “die”.
December 12, 2013 at 7:16 am
And another thing, the Lee T. was built in 1942 and the montrealais was built in 1962. Just seems a shame to not be able to get more years out of these vessels. I suppose the new ones from China make more business sense.
December 12, 2013 at 9:24 am
I prefer the older, classic boats, too. My favorite, the American Victory, is sitting over at Fraser Shipyard. I’d love to see her on the lakes again. What a history she has!
December 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm
Lights are blinking but the bridge is neither going up or down. What gives??
December 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm
Lights were blinking for at least 2 minutes with the bridge down.
December 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm
they were trying to stay warm…3°, feels like -15.
December 9, 2013 at 10:25 am
Just watched the Arthur Anderson come under the bridge. Did anyone else get to see it? There were about six people standing out in the snow to welcome her.
December 9, 2013 at 10:29 am
i saw it jill, it’s a balmy 1° ABOVE zero today, but with the wind it feels like minus 19°! those duluthian boatnerds are a hardy bunch!
December 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm
If I come up there in the winter, y’all have to let me stay inside the museum or Ken’s office to watch the boats. I have NOTHING to wear that would withstand that weather! Stay warm, if possible, Holly!
December 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm
What a spectacular sight it is to see the Oberstar go out at night, anybody else amazed by the way she is all lit up?
December 8, 2013 at 10:57 am
Well put Tom & Jill, and THANK YOU KEN!
There are a couple things happening soon that seem to me to be of some significance.
1) The Algoma Montrealais is coming in later today. Word is that the Montrealais is going to be scrapped after this season, so this could very easily be the last time we have a chance to see her. She is a classic laker, and is steam powered.
2) The Algoma Equinox is approaching Sault Ste. Marie with a stated destination of Superior; she is a brand new freighter, the first in a series of new ships built for Algoma Central. She just arrived from China and is on her maiden voyage across the Lakes to the twin ports. I don’t know if she will be entering under the bridge or through the Superior entry, Ken may have more insight on this.
Two significant events that are on opposite ends of the spectrum for sure.
December 8, 2013 at 11:22 am
The Volgaborg, on it’s way in shortly, is an interesting looking 2013 built ship from Europe. Good day to be boat watching!
December 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm
December 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm
Ken says on the shipping schedule page that the Equinox is coming in the Superior entrance 🙁
December 8, 2013 at 8:41 am
-13 degrees! I cannot even imagine that! Thanks again, Ken, for allowing us all back into your office so we can crowd around your window.
December 8, 2013 at 10:22 am
Jill, i love the way you put it, especially around the holidays. I envision all of us with a warm drink in our hands, gazing out the window, standing together like the boat nerds we are. That’s the difference between this cam and the others. We have a little family in Kens office.
December 8, 2013 at 10:55 am
… and that’s not all. Our building is the proud new home of a distillery, specializing in gin and soon to open their doors. But, while a warm drink sounds good, i prefer my gin with a bit of ice and even less vermouth. What more do we want, a cam on a bridge, all the gin we can drink, and friends all around, at least if i can clean up my office and create a little space
December 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm
I’ll come help you, Ken!!
December 8, 2013 at 7:47 am
WAITING FOR THE ELBEBORG THIS MORNING
December 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm
THANKYOU KEN, THIS IS THE VIEW!!! WOW!! BACK ON LINE, THANKS AGAIN, MIKE AND DEB, HOPEFULLY DEB AND I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT SUMMER.
Rita from Georgia says
December 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Glad the cam is back up. I was missing my bridge fix and close-up of ships entering and leaving. I am a happier boatnerd now. My favorite spot in Duluth is standing near the bridge to watch the boats. Thanks again, Ken.
December 6, 2013 at 10:43 am
Great to see camera back up! I have missed this wonderful view so much! Thank you for starting it up Ken! I dont know if you will be able to keep it running but, I truely hope you can. It is a view like no other.
December 6, 2013 at 9:46 am
Gorgeous views out your window this morning… sea smoke blowing around the bridge… awesome! Thanks for giving us this unique view!
Elaine in Arizona says
December 5, 2013 at 10:42 am
I’m so happy that your camera is functioning again! Your view is my favorite, and it’s the next best thing to being in Duluth! You have an exceptional viewpoint, and I hope you’ll be able to keep the camera running. Thanks for all the good service you provide. You are very much appreciated out here in Arizona!
December 5, 2013 at 6:41 am
Great Republic looked….Great! Thanks Ken!!
Teri & Jeff B. says
December 4, 2013 at 9:33 pm
Thanks for being back up & running. 🙂
Kevin Griffith says
December 4, 2013 at 7:46 pm
YES! The cam is on!!! THANKS KEN!!!
December 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm
I live in Rochester MN, temps starting to drop here but nothing like up north with all their snow too. Stay safe Duluth
December 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm
Great to see the cam back on
December 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm
any ships coming ken/??? thanks for opening shop
December 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm
Thanks for the view Ken. Love the storms from the warmth of my PC.
December 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Yay! A view from inside without an ice/rain/ snow covered lens! Thanks Ken! Very cool to see out your window again!!
December 4, 2013 at 11:00 am
the inn on lake superior cam is visible
December 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm
Hello from the Madison, WI area. We come to Duluth once a year, and stay at Comfort Suites in Canal Park. This was our go to site to get see ship traffic fix for the rest of the year. Really miss it. Can someone give me any sites to help me get my fix… 🙂 Thanks.
December 4, 2013 at 9:16 am
teri and jeff,
there is another site with cameras…duluthharborcam.com
there are 5 still shots across the top, and 3 live shots down the right hand side of the page. unfortunately, the current weather is preventing us from seeing much, but as the weather clears, you will see bridge and boats and people walking along the canal.
December 3, 2013 at 10:30 am
Hi Ken and everyone… just wondering… are you all still missing Ken’s Cam here…nice and dry and inside… so we can SEE the weather happening… as well as the boats and the bridge… still suffering withdrawal. Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving…
November 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm
happy thanksgiving, steve, and all the other fans of DSN!
November 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm
With the kids and Grand Kid coming over tomorrow, I guess I won’t be watching a lot of shipping
Hope every one has a happy Tuckery day
November 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm
Where do you find that camera?
November 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm
ken is trying the cam from his apartment. right now pointed at the port terminal where john d. leitch sits waiting (foreground), and cornelia is discharging something. later, we may get to see the lights at bentleyville which opens at 5 cst.
November 20, 2013 at 7:04 am
While losing the cam is bad, losing Ken’s commentary is worse. I remember the first i heard him describe what was going on, the ship, the trees, etc. It was all very cool and it made me feel like i had my own personal tour guide. Thank you very much for all you have done and good luck in the future. And yes, we should continue to come here to get good Northland info.
November 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm
November 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm
excellent idea jay ss…i agree that there should be that connection.
November 18, 2013 at 10:23 am
Sad to see the cam gone! Well guess this is my last visit to this site. Take care all.
November 17, 2013 at 9:21 am
Oh NO!! I’m so sad I loved watching,made me feel like I was right there.
November 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm
oh no 🙁 im so sad!! i loved this camera view :'(
November 16, 2013 at 12:20 am
Yes, this is very sad, what a shame to throw this away. Thanks to Ken for making the effort to bring this to us in the first place, hard to understand how it could be considered not important enough to keep going, how much could this cost really? PC’s are cheap, I doubt anything special (high end system) is needed for this? The view out this window is perhaps one of the most interesting views in the entire state of Minnesota, not too many window cams could have the same appeal this one does. It, along with this discussion area, are certainly the star attraction of this site, they are the reason I visit here regularly (daily) and have donated toward the site but now I won’t have any reason to come on a regular basis without the cam and this discussion. No link to this page any longer that I’m aware of so no future place to chat about what’s going on at the harbor.
The new video camera feed from the visitor center is certainly impressive but it does not take the place of the view from Ken’s window. The other cams are OK during the day but when I get time to watch, in the evening, the other cams are no good & Ken’s was the only decent one (until the video quality went to heck recently…).
It just seems that the cam was absolutely the highlight and daily draw of the website, I’m not able to understand why one wouldn’t do anything necessary (again, PC’s are cheap, heck of a lot cheaper than office rent right in front of the bridge I’m guessing…) to keep the main attraction up & running. Then again, I haven’t run Duluth Shipping News since 1995 so I wouldn’t know all the details. Does Duluth provide any financial assistance? They sure should, very minor cost for the great exposure and interest in in visiting the area that this provides. Hope all is well with you Ken.
November 16, 2013 at 10:26 am
Good words Jay SS… it is a special cam run by a special man with a special view and good folks lurking or chatting…. much missed… still hoping for a rebirth here….
November 16, 2013 at 11:25 am
the discussion/comment part of this page is not going away…anything we see on any of the other cams is still open for questions, comments, and/or discussion here. we are all sorry to see the camera discontinued, but change happens…i, and many others, will remain a fan of this website and the information it provides about the twin ports and the boats which visit there. we all look forward to ken’s posts and possibly, new features he is working on to add to the website.
November 16, 2013 at 8:33 pm
i will visit to see the chatter, that is still cool, i have learned a lot about Duluth shipping here.. BOMBS AWAY KEN, nice work..
November 16, 2013 at 8:38 pm
November 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm
I hope you are right Holly. There is no link to this page from anywhere that I am aware of now (no link or tab on the Shipping News home page that would take you here), so no one would find this page unless you have it’s address stored somewhere. Those of us who have this page bookmarked will still find it as long as it stays open, it’s just that no one else would find it. Hope you all stick around!
November 19, 2013 at 7:14 am
jay, you bring up a good point. there should be a more direct way to access the comment/discussion section of this page. the only place i know of is on the “schedule” page at
the line in red which says “click here for live video of…” but that is not as obvious as it could be.
November 19, 2013 at 9:04 pm
Holly, you’re right, I didn’t know that link was there on the http://www.duluthboats.com schedule page, good catch. So there is one link that still leads here. Maybe Ken will create a link on the Shipping News home page called “Discussion Page” or something like that.
November 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm
November 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm
When dose the shipping season end id Duluth ????
November 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm
steve, the soo locks close on january 15, 2014, but weather permitting, some of the boats will still make the runs around superior.
November 13, 2013 at 7:35 am
November 13, 2013 at 7:38 am
you are welcome!
ordering DSN christmas cards today! woohoo!
November 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm
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November 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm
i ordered the munson cards…they arrived today, and they are great!
November 9, 2013 at 8:33 am
Very sorry about the news! I have loved the view of the bridge and traffic and especially being “so close” to the bridge as it is going up and down. Ken’s cam will always be my favorite! 🙁
November 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm
I am deeply sorry to hear your news, Ken. You have done such a great job keeping this cam up and running, and you did have a truly great view. Thanks you so much for all your great work. Everyone on this site loves it!!
November 8, 2013 at 9:49 am
I am sorry to hear that the camera will no longer be online Ken. There are others but none with the wonderful view you provided us. Very sad to see it go. If you are ever going to have it on for special occasions could you please try and post ahead of time so we can be sure to tune in? Thank you far all your efforts!
November 8, 2013 at 7:59 am
Sorry to hear this Ken. Thanks for a great site!
November 8, 2013 at 5:26 am
Sorry to hear that we won’t be getting your view of the bridge, Ken. I have enjoyed it these past months; you have done a thorough and outstanding job! You have given people who otherwise would not have seen that beautiful structure a bird’s eye view. Bless you!
November 7, 2013 at 10:48 am
Oh, Ken! I don’t know what to say …. One of my favorite parts of your webcam was getting to see your reflection! Thanks for everything you have done and for what you did to get me to Duluth in person that first time! I’ll never forget it! Please let us have a peek from time to time. The view out your window is the very best. I’ll miss you, my friend, but we’ll stay in touch on email.
November 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm
I will definitely miss this cam – sorry to hear about your computer issues. Even with the other cams on, I always had this one open too – just to watch “Ken’s” view too. I hope you will continue to share your photos and video via the main site. I always think that you have a good eye for finding the right way to capture a shot.