If you've looked out at Lake Superior from a vantage point in Duluth lately, you've probably noticed a growing number of ships anchored in the bay.
Several people have been wondering what's causing the backup that's also making for some ideal photography opportunities.
According to Port Authority spokespeople, there are a few reasons.
Some of the ships are waiting for their turn at docks in Two Harbors, while others are waiting for a spot at the BNSF railroad yard.
Nearly all of them are trying to finish customer orders of shipments, like taconite, before the Soo Locks close on January 15th.
But in the sub-zero cold, officials say loading times at docks can more than double from 8-10 hours, to 12-24 hours.
The result: more ships anchored in the bay, waiting their turn as the year-end deadline fast approaches.
Several locals and visitors alike have seized the opportunity to photograph the sight.
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