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We were in Duluth, Minnesota last weekend ship watching. On Friday were in Canal Park to watch the Mesabi Miner arrive. It didn’t appear to have any problem entering the harbor even though there were some large waves.


A close-up of some of the crew as the ship passed under the Lift Bridge. The crew was probably happy to be getting off of the lake.



Just as the Miner was turning to travel down the harbor I noticed a small Coast Guard vessel leaving the harbor. I manage a few shots of it as it fought though the high waves in the ship canal.



The next day conditions were even worse as we watched the Miner exit the ship canal and head out into the lake.



There was still a bit of ice in the shipping canal. The week before so much ice had blown in from out in the lake that nine ships were anchored outside the harbor entrance waiting to get in. The ice breaker had to be called to open up the shipping canal.


We happened to be in Canal Park when the Mesabi Miner came into port and left port. The ship’s captain gave out a call to those watching to enjoy the beautiful day. It was a rare April day in Duluth. The same crew member was on the bow waving to the crowd on both days.



There had been a full moon a couple of days before. The moon was just setting over the Duluth Lift Bridge in the early morning.


There was a ship anchored outside the harbor. At sunrise the pilot boat headed out to the ship. I was able to get a photo of it a little later in the morning when it returned to the harbor.


This was taken the end of April. Duluth had received more snow in April than in any month in history. There was one blizzard after another. This was one of the first nice days in all of April. I doubt too many folks in Florida would be on the beach with snow still around.


Fishing season was open. The North Breakwater was closed but the South Breakwater was open so the fisherman could get out for the opening of the season. No one was having any luck and shortly after the photo was taken most of them gave up.