Video: Ship tried to get to port as Duluth storm hit

When the severe storm with 100 mph winds hit Duluth this week, the Algoma Guardian was just starting her trip through the canal when Dennis O’Hara was filming.

“I gave her lots of engine and steered her in the opposite way of the wind and got her in fast enough before she set in too much in the wind,” Capt. Monford Organ told the Duluth News Tribune.

It was a worse ride for Mark Nyman, who was running the Duluth Lift Bridge.

“I kind of wondered if the bridge would actually hold and it did. I’m sure it’s designed for severe conditions and the bridge did fine,” he told the paper. “But the bridge deck itself was shaking quite a bit, back and forth in an east-to-west motion due to the wind. It was a little spooky and she was shaking really good, more so than I’ve ever felt it shake.”

  • MrE85

    Pst. Lift Bridge, not Life Bridge. 😉

    PS: Happy landings in Oshkosh.

  • KTFoley

    Just came back from a sea kayak trip on the Canadian side of Lake Superior. Part of the time we camped bout six miles offshore in the Slate Islands. The marine radio’s offshore weather broadcast shaped our daily plans.

    On Thursday morning we woke to “seiche”, where the shore water level rose and fell approximately a foot over 10-15 minutes, creeping under the kayak sterns and reducing the beach by half. (Always tie up your boat!) This oscillating wave phenomenon, formed by strong winds and rapid changes in atmospheric pressure, happened continuously all day and into Friday afternoon.

    Saturday’s drive home took us through Duluth where destroyed trees lined highway 61. There we learned that a Canadian marine forecast’s “strong wind warnings” and “trough over western Lake Superior” and “winds West, veering to Northwest then backing to Southwest” are the mechanized terms for “something really big just happened to miss you.”