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Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2018: April: Apr 14-18
2004: By the light of the Moon    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Josh Soumis
2005: Dueling Freighters    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Paul Roberts
2008: Mesabi In Marquette    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Rod Burdick
2018: The Oberstar and the Michipicoten    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Rod Burdick
From the bow of James R. Barker    ...click to play video
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 02:14 pm:

Freighters, freighters and more freighters today, both in the archives and in real time, too. The shipping season on the Great Lakes always starts back up at the end of March, so freighter photos begin again, too. Back in 2004, Josh Soumis was in the right place at the right time to capture a freighter sailing by the light of the moon, yet seemingly still daylight. Josh actually took the photo in the evening hours before the sun had completely set. No ice in sight either.

Paul Roberts took the next archive photo back in 2005. He actually hiked up Brockway Mountain Drive from the Copper Harbor side, since the road isn’t drive-able by car this time of year. Once he got to the top, he was rewarded with not one, but two freighters out there on Lake Superior. This year also, no ice in sight.

Jump ahead just a few years to 2008 and we have a photo snapped by Rod Burdick. Just a thin sheet of ice showing there in Marquette Harbor where the Mesabi Miner is at the Ore Dock. That didn’t last long though, because just a couple days later, the winds had shifted and there was chunky ice in port there instead.

Rod Burdick actually is the photographer for our current shot, too. He captured the Michipicoten as it was departing the Harbor, while the Hon. James L. Oberstar was taking its turn at the Ore Dock. Looks like the 2018 – 2019 shipping season has started out to be a busy one already, despite there being plenty of ice on Lake Superior still.

The Interlake Steamship Company posted today’s video from the bow of the James R. Barker as it was making its way through the current ice coverage around Whitefish Point. This will give you an idea of the ice these freighters are dealing with this spring.

By Duane P. (Islandman43) on Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 03:35 pm:

Great pictures today. I never tire of seeing the boats on the lake. I don't think it is a job I would like to have though.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 09:05 pm:

These pix keep me afloat.

"...but we’re in the same boat now.”
(Martin Luther King JR.)

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 10:23 pm:

Nice Pic's and video!! Made the top pic my screen saver!! I think we all enjoy seeing the Freighters!! C'mon Summer!!

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 08:03 am:

Enjoy seeing the freighters too. Amazing video!

Hope all who are in the LP are alright during this
Spring storm. Wow ~ the linemen are working OT to
get everyone's power back. May our Lord keep them

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Monday, April 16, 2018 - 03:44 pm:

Loved seeing the freighters in these pictures. Didn't see any
freighters when we were in Marquette the April 6-8 weekend.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 08:21 am:

Beautiful pictures of freighters. We were in
Duluth and there were two of them scheduled to go
out on Friday night. We were going to walk down
to the bridge to watch, but the wind was blowing
us all over the place so I don't even know if they
ever left the harbor.

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