When I took these photos of the Algoma Guardian leaving Duluth I had no idea of the dramatic events that had occurred as it entered Duluth Harbor. Duluth experienced a violent storm with 80 mph winds last Thursday. Power was out for large portions of the city for several days and many of Duluth’s beautiful trees were destroyed.
The Algoma Guardian had just entered the Ship Canal when the storm hit. On the video you can see the wind start to pick up. The ship clocked the top wind speed at 103 mph. The ship started to go sideways in the canal but the captain was able to correct for the wind and make it into the harbor.
The Duluth Lift Bridge was up at this point and the wind was causing the bridge deck to vibrate violently. Fortunately it came through as well.
Here is a link to the video of the Algoma Guardian arriving in Duluth during the storm.