3 Tall Ships leave Duluth for the next port on August 22, 2016

Above, the Pride of Baltimore departs under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. Below, the Denis Sullivan is about to exit the ship canal; behind her, the US Brig Niagara is just out from under the Lift Bridge.

Bayfield’s Abbey Road

The answer to the first question is Yes. And the famous name came with the ship when she was donated to a Bayfield group in April, 2014. The group became Lake Superior Tall Ships, a non profit whose mission is  ”To teach youth seamanship, personal responsibility, teamwork and self esteem, while building skills in leadership and citizenship.”
abbeyroadpridemolly2016-0821-7963The Abbey Road sat behind the Pride of Baltimore. When the Pride was ready to take another group of visitors out for a ride, they found help handling lines from the Sea Scouts on the Abbey Road. That’s Molly Ringberg (above, and at right in enlarged view) from the Abbey Road helping the Pride with their lines.
That’s Molly above with her father Captain Gordon Ringberg, the president of Lake Superior Tall Ships. The Captain also answers to the title of Mayor of Bayfield.
Below deck, other Scouts were working on charting their next trip which will start about noon on Monday when they line up with their larger sisters to begin the next leg in their race. The Abbey Road is really in a group of one; they are usually the exception. The crews on the other ships are probably not teenagers still in school. And the Abbey Road is not really in the race; they will cut away from the race when they pass Outer Island, one of the Apostle Islands, and head for their home port of Bayfield.
Above, all hands on the chart. Below, that’s Amie Roberson helping them  with a technical detail. Everybody has a title; hers is  1st Mate of Programming for Sea Scouts.
Below, the Abbey Road came into Duluth with the Parade of Sail on Thursday, August 18, 2016
You can find out more about Abbey Road from their website at: http://www.lakesuperiortallships.org/ . They take guests out for a sailing trip on Wednesday evenings but call ahead to make sure there is still space available –
Lake Superior Tall Ships, Inc.
Pike’s Bay Marina, Slip 202
Bayfield, WI 54814lsts.sail@gmail.com


Meeting in Duluth harbor

The Paul R. Tregurtha and the tall ship Pride of Baltimore met in the Duluth harbor this morning around 10. The Tregurtha was leaving with another cargo of coal for Detroit Edison, the Pride was out for another ride for some lucky passengers. Both endured more gloom and even a little drizzle.

Tall Ships 2016 Day 2

Still an overcast day (August 19, 2016) but no rain so far. The lines are long; above, waiting to board the El Galeon Andalucia. Below, the Abbey Road entertains the crowd in front of the DECC.
Above and below, When and If takes folks for a nice ride around the harbor, passing by the back end of the Duck, who has been at Bayfront Park most of the day.
Below, on Thursday, the Duck stays close to it’s good friend the tug Helen H. while she watches the tall ships arrive under the Lift Bridge.
Above looking through the masts of El Galeon Andalucia. Below, When and If is out for a ride, passing the Duck, now at Bayfront Park. Behind them is the new resort in town, Pier B.
Above, the Denis Sullivan takes a bunch for a ride while below the Mist of Avalon hosts visitors from her berth at the DECC. Bottom, the Zeeto gives visitors another chance to check out a tall ship.

Tall Ships Duluth is here

When and If (above) led the Parade of Sail that started right on time at 1 pm, August 18, 2016. Pride of Baltimore (just below) followed right behind her. The Denis Sullivan was the last of the first three to come under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. The bridge then came down to clear traffic, before lifting again for the 2nd group of 3 tall ships.
Below, the second set of 3 ships arrive under the Bridge
Above, the Mist of Avalon enters the Duluth harbor; then came Abbey Road and after her, Appledore.
Below, the third set of 3 tall ships arrives.
Above, the US Brig Niagara arrives, followed by the Zeeto (below) and the El Galeon Andalucia brings up the rear.

Tall Ships Abbey Road and Zeeto arrive Wednesday evening

I hope to live stream the arrival of the Tall Ships to Facebook, starting around 1 pm on Thursday. I will be doing it from my IPhone. You need to be a Friend of mine (click the Follow me button at right) and be sure to turn on your live video flag in notifications.
Above, the American Mariner arrived Duluth at 5:30 Wednesday afternoon to load iron ore pellets at the CN. She was followed closely by the Tall Ship Abbey Road. Earlier (below), Zeeto arrived. When and If is here also but I missed her arrival.

Mist of Avalon, an early arrival to Tall Ships Duluth

The tall ship Mist of Avalon arrived Duluth this morning (August 16, 2016) and is now docked at the DECC, very close to where she will be when Tall Ships Duluth begins on Thursday. She was built as a fishing vessel in Nova Scotia in 1967. After 20 years chasing cod off the Banks of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and as the cod were diminishing in number and the ship itself was showing wear and tear, she was docked in Halifax in 1987 for an unknown future. In 1992, that future became clear when Captain George Mainguy began the job of converting her from a North Atlantic motor vessel to a Grand Banks schooner. In 1997, she went back to work as the Mist of Avalon. Since then she has done what she is doing in Duluth this week, appearing at Maritime festivals. She has appeared in films, and stands ready for more. She also provides training in navigation by sail and in education using her rich history within the real live classroom.

Past visits of tall ships to Duluth

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Duluth says goodbye to Tall Ships

Above, the Norwegian flagged Sørlandet departs. Shortly after, the Denis Sullivan, below, was in the harbor and then moving out under the Lift Bridge. Both were getting ready for the Tall Ships Challenge, a race going the length of Lake Superior.

Sørlandet wakes up on Sunday morning

Early birds visit  the Sørlandet on Sunday morning, July 28, 2013

Parade of Sail into the Duluth harbor

The Sundew followed the Alder as the two cutters led the Parade of Sail into the Duluth harbor. Along with 9 Tall Ships coming in, we had two  bridge lifts, or rather, the Lift Bridge went down twice to let those who didn’t get the memo that between 2 and 3 in the afternoon of July 25, 2013 would not be a good time to try to cross the bridge in your car. Not to worry, the Sørlandet, Sundew and lots of small boats moved back and forth entertaining those of us on the harbor side of the bridge while we waited.

Hindu first in

The Hindu came in early to handle a few technical issues before heading back out into Lake Superior so she can join the Parade of Sail coming in at 2 pm today. (Picture taken at 8:30 this morning) She is a 79-foot sailboat with a long and interesting history which you can read here: http://sailschoonerhindu.com/

Tall ships coming soon to Duluth

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Lynx is 1st Tall Ship in

The Lynx visited Duluth in July, 2011 (above and below), her first trip here. She will return on July 25th, 2013. The Lynx is a re-creation of a Baltimore Clipper that was used in the War of 1812. These ships were known for their swiftness and maneuverability. They were most effective as blockade runners and offensive weapons of war.lynx20110713_4371

Ready to set sail

US Brig Niagara and Lynx behind DECC waiting for passengers
Saturday morning, July 16, 2011. A line forms to get on board the Niagara (foreground) as sailors from the ship untie the ropes (bottom-center). The Lynx is moored just behind the Niagara; she will board day-sailors soon after the  Niagara departs the dock at the DECC.  (click pic for larger version)
Brig Niagara tied up behind DECC in Duluth waiting for passengersLynx in foreground; Niagara behind her; waiting for passengers in Duluth Minnesota
Above left, the Niagara and on the right, the Lynx in the foreground and Niagara in back

Tall ships Niagara & Pride of Baltimore

prideniagara20110714_4395arrived in Duluth Minnesota on Thursday afternoon, July 14, 2011. They are two of the three tall ships here for the 2011 Duluth Music and Maritime Festival. The Lynx came in yesterday. Just outside the Duluth piers, the Pride of Baltimore follows the Niagara into port. By late afternoon, the Pride was tying up behind the Paulucci Building.


Flagship Niagara returns to Duluth

Flagship Niagara was in Duluth July 16-18, 2011 for  the Duluth Music and Maritime Festival. Watch pictures from past visits above.

A ship in the hand is worth …

The Tall Ship Europa came into Duluth on July 29, along with 8 other ships; Steve Sola took this picture of the Europa in the palm of his hand, with his phone from his lighthouse next to Duluth Lift Bridge. Click here to see my picture of the same ship a couple minutes later, with Steve’s lighthouse in the background. You can also look at pictures of the other 8 Tall Ships there.

Tall Ships in a line

Saturday afternoon, July 31. 2010

The Tall Ships in Duluth

The Denis Sullivan came into port around 5:45 in the afternoon, the last of the 9 Tall Ships for the day. You see the Dutch flagged Merweborg on the right; she is anchored waiting for a dock to load grain.
The HMS Bounty (above) led off the parade
The Roald Amundsen arrives (above)
The US Brig Niagara, above and below, also missed but looked good doing it
The Roseway (above) comes in
The Europa (above) arrives
The Pride of Baltimore above and below; they missed us
The Zeeto (above) arrived just before the Coaster.
The Coaster, above was the 8th of the first 8 Tall Ships to come under the Bridge; the Denis Sullivan was delayed by weather but should be here late this afternoon.
Above, the Roseway is raising her sails to out into the Lake. Well next see her when she comes in with the other 8 tall ships at 2 today. She was in to pick up media. I was invited but looked around and could see that none of my staff had come to work today; so I had to stay home and take care of my media, which actually, I am doing right now. Below, the Coaster II was already at the DECC (below). Both will go back out to the Lake to be a part of the Parade of Sail.

Catch the Tall Ships when they are in Duluth

Eight Tall Ships, the Roseway, Denis Sullivan, Zeeto, Roald Amundsen, Pride of Baltimore II, HMS Bounty, Europa and US Brig Niagara will be arriving in Duluth on Wednesday, July 28th. Click here to see our web pages on the ships, with links for more information. And if you can’t make it down to the harbor for the big event, watch it live on DSNTV. I hope to have two live cameras on the Grand Parade of Sail on Thursday afternoon at 2, perhaps the single most exciting event of the trip. And daily live video during the festival. If you have taken photos of any of the ships while they were at other ports, and want to share them, send to me with a title and credit line and I will try to post it here.

Crew talks with Denis Sullivan visitors

On Saturday, the cruise ship Clelia was just behind the tall ship Denis Sullivan at the DECC. The Clelia left Saturday night and the much smaller Lake Guardian (center background) took its place on Sunday. The crew on the tall ship Denis Sullivan was on deck Sunday talking to visitors. Penny Girdeen, center, in dark shirt, is a volunteer crew member who joined the ship in Duluth, taking some vacation days from her new job as an out plant operator at the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant. She learned that job in the Navy, but rarely was on a ship. The Denis Sullivan gives her the opportunity to get some quality water time while pursuing her career in nuclear power. Todd Baily, in dark shirt in left foreground, is the bosun on the ship and about to become the third mate. He is a sailor and will soon be joining the crew of the tall ship Virginia. He is working his way up to a captain’s position. Girdeen is from Ellsworth, Wisconsin; Baily from Port Huron, Michigan. Photo taken on July 05, 2009.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-06-2009

Clelia and Denis

On Friday, the tall ship Denis Sullivan came under the Lift Bridge and returned to the dock in front of the DECC. It is a big, tall ship. On Saturday morning at 5:37, the cruise ship Clelia II came under the Lift Bridge and took a position just behind the Denis Sullivan. The picture was taken from the deck of the Denis Sullivan on Saturday, looking back at the new arrival. All of a sudden the tall ship didn’t seem quite so tall. But not to worry, the cruise ship departed under the Lift Bridge on Saturday evening, and the Denis Sullivan was again big and tall. It will be open for public tours from 10 am to 6 pm today. Photo taken on July 04, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-05-2009

Very happy crewmember of Denis Sullivan

Janet Rowney (pictured while on board the Denis Sullivan on Friday afternoon) spends most of her time teaching 5th grade at an elementary school in Hayward. In her other life, she is a volunteer deck hand and educator on the Denis Sullivan, the tall ship that is in town for a couple days. Last year she was in volunteer training and this year, she expects to spend 3 or 4 weeks on the ship. Like all the other crew and the captain, she does a little of everything on the ship so it is a good learning environment. In fact, Janet is able to bring a lot of her on board experience back to her classroom in the fall. With two days to greet visitors on the boat this weekend, she will be doing more educating and answering a lot of questions. The Denis Sullivan is first of all, an educational experience. Photo taken on July 03, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-04-2009

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The Denis Sullivan arrived in Duluth at 6:11 am on Thursday, July 2nd.


Two many ships

The Lake Guardian (picture at bottom of page) arrived in port earlier this week. She is the first of several non-cargo vessels that will be visiting the port in the next couple days. Late Thursday or Friday morning, the sailing ship Denis Sullivan arrives for weekend tours. At 6 am on July 4th, the cruise ship, Clelia II, will make the first of 6 visits to Duluth this summer.

Meridith Berghauer (pictured) came into port on the Lake Guardian, an EPA-owned and operated ship that functions as a floating laboratory for up to 27 scientists at a time.

Meridith is a Marine Tech on the boat. She and several other techs are a part of meridith20090630_8354the ship’s crew. Their job is to work with visiting scientists to make sure they know how to use all the scientific facilities on the ship. But she has only done that for several months. Before that, she was a member of the crew of the Denis Sullivan. That’s the tall ship that will be coming to Duluth on Friday, July 3rd.

The Lake Guardian is in town to host a 7-day cruise for teachers in grades 4 through 10. That will leave Duluth on July 7th. They have been docked at the DECC since they arrived several days ago, but Meridith’s ‘new’ ship will be forced by her ‘old’ ship to find another place to stay until the 7th. They may go to anchor or possibly find another dock. Either way, they are likely to have a great view of the fireworks  without any parking problems. Unfortunately Meridith had already planned a quick vacation back home to Milwaukee and left town on Tuesday.

She hopes to be back to visit the old ship. She highly recommends visiting the Denis Sullivan and she emphasized that visitors should be sure to talk to the crew. She described the crew as dedicated to the ship. The ship (pictured above) (click picture for larger version), its crew, its city, Milwaukee, and a long list of people who have helped to build it and crew her over the years make it a big family/community enterprise. They love to talk about it.

Tall Ship Niagara still popular

The tall ship Niagara is the only one left but it will be moving around a lot before leaving later this afternoon. It is expected to leave port, presumably under the Lift Bridge, around 9 am this morning for a day sail and return early this afternoon. It is then expected to depart for a final time later this afternoon. Above, it is departing for a day sail on Monday. There are still lots of people around to watch it. In between the Niagara’s comings and goings, the John B. Aird will come and then go with coal and the Pineglen will go, with taconite fines. Photo taken on August 04, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-05-2008

Tall Ships greeted by huge crowd

The big news on Thursday was the arrival of the three tall ships, the Pride of Baltimore II, the Niagara and the Madeline. Next in line in the big news department were the thousands of people who lined every inch of the ship canal and especially the prime location on the porch of the Marine Museum just in front of the Lift Bridge. The view of the people from the Pride of Baltimore II (above) was almost as exciting as the view of us from the porch. The Madeline was just in front of the Pride and the Niagara follow behind the Pride. Photo taken on July 31, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-01-2008


The Zeeto was here in July, 2010 (below) and will return in July 2013. She was built in 1954 and was modeled after a 1850’s fishing schooner. She sailed the Caribbean as a private vessel for many years and later was in Boston and then Lake Superior where she was available for charters. She is currently owned by Doug Hansen of Minneapolis. He has made extensive renovations and now sails her around Lake Superior.

Denis Sullivan, a tall ship from Milwaukee

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The tall ship Denis Sullivan visited Duluth in July, 2009 (below). She was back in July, 2010 and will be here again in July, 2013
Launched in 2000, the S/V Denis Sullivan is a 137-foot re-creation of a three-masted, 19th century Great Lakes schooner. She is owned and operated by Pier Wisconsin as an educational platform and scientific research vessel. Based in Milwaukee, she sails each year to ports-of-call throughout the Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean and the tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea.
On her visit in 2009, she was open for public tours (above).  Below, she arrives Duluth by way of the Duluth ship canal on July 29, 2010.
Picture above taken Wednesday, July 1, 2009: Submitted photo; date not known. I think that is Milwaukee in the background

Brig Niagara

The Brig Niagara was here in 2002, and back again in July, 2010 and  in July, 2011. She will be back on July 25, 2013.

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After the War of 1812, the sailing ship Niagara was scuttled in Erie Harbor. In 1913, she was brought up and reconstructed. Between 1933 and 1943, another complete reconstruction took place. Masts and rigging were installed in 1963. By the mid 1980’s, time had again taken its toll on the ship. The Niagara was closed to the public due to severe deterioration. In 1988, a new Niagara was built that includes some original timber. This is the tall ship that comes to Duluth and is seen here.
The Niagara arrived Duluth on July 14, 2011 (below)
The Niagara is about to enter the Duluth ship canal (below) when she arrived on July 31, 2008
The Niagara (below) is about to enter the Duluth ship canal when she arrived on August 1, 2002

Schooner Halie & Matthew

Due to a variety of circumstances, the Schooner Halie & Matthew will not be here for the Tall Ships festival in July 2013. For more information, check this article in the Duluth News Tribune
You can also check out their web page at:http://schoonerhaliematthew.com/

Sørlandet comes to Duluth

The Sørlandet was built in 1927 in a region in Southern Norway called Sørlandet for use as a training ship for the Norwegian Merchant Marine.

She came to the United States in 1933 and was the Norwegian pavilion at the Chicago World’s fair in 1933.
She was damaged in World War 2, restored in 1948, sold in 1974 and after several years of decay, was given to the city of Kristiansand Norway in 1977.
In 1986 she took part in the 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in New York. In the late 80’s, she was used at a training ship by the Royal Norwegian Navy. From 2003 to 2007, she underwent significant rehabilitation.
Before arriving in Duluth on July 25th, 2013, she will visit Lunenburg in Nova Scotia and Brockville, Toronto and Hamilton in Ontario. After stops in Cleveland and Bay City, Michigan, she will sail to Duluth.
For more information, go here: http://www.fullriggeren-sorlandet.no/en

Photo above courtesy of: Fullriggeren Sørlandet

Peacemaker comes to Duluth

The Peacemaker was built in southern Brazil using traditional methods with tropical hardwoods. The ship was first launched in 1989 as the Avany, a name chosen by her designer and owner, Frank Walker, a Brazilian industrialist. He sold the boat to the current owner in 2000.
The new owners upgraded the mechanical and electrical systems and designed a practical and aesthetically pleasing rigging.
She will be in Duluth for the Tall Ships festival in July,2013. For more information, go here: http://www.peacemakermarine.com/
Their itinerary before arriving in Duluth and after they depart is listed below
Miramichi, New Brunswick       May 31 – June 2
Brockville, Ontario       June 15 – 16
Toronto, Ontario         June 20 – 23
Hamilton, Ontario       June 29 – 30
Cleveland, Ohio          July 4 – 7
Bay City, Michigan       July 12 – 14
Marquette, Michigan    July 20 – 21
Duluth, Minnesota       July 26 – 28
Chicago, Illinois           August 8 – 12
Green Bay, Wisconsin  August 16 – 18
Midland, Ontario          August 23 – 25
Kingsville, Ontario        August 30 – September 1
Erie, Pennsylvania       September 6 – 8
Buffalo, New York        September 13 – 15

Hindu comes to Duluth

The Hindu is a 79-foot sailboat with a long and interesting history which you can read here: http://sailschoonerhindu.com/
She will be in Duluth for the Tall Ships festival in July, 2013

The Coaster came over from Marquette

The Coaster was here in July, 2010 (below). She will return in July, 2013.
Niko Economides bought the Coaster II in Maine and brought it to his home town of Marquette Michigan where he uses it to teach people, especially kids, how to sail. He also runs charters with the boat. It has been as far away as Hawaii and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Coaster is based on a small coasting schooner of the type that worked in Marquette carrying cargo and goods. She is seen here taking another group of sailors out for a ride.

The Pride of Baltimore

The Pride of Baltimore will be coming to Duluth again, July 25 thru 29, 2013.

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The Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 in memory of the original version, the Pride of Baltimore. That ship sank in bad weather, in 1986, off Puerto Rico. The current Pride was built as a reproduction of an 1812 era topsail schooner, called Baltimore Clippers. The clipper ships made a great contribution to the US side in the War of 1812.
The Pride arrived Duluth on July 14, 2011 (below)
The Pride follows the Brig Niagara and they both arrive Duluth on July 14, 2011.
The Pride of Baltimore docked at the Paulucci Building, the home of Duluth Shipping News.
The Pride arrived Duluth on July 29, 2010 (below)
The Pride arrived in Duluth on July 31, 2008 (below)
Above, she came in through the Duluth ship canal; notice the smoke from the ‘friendly’ cannon fire. Below still in the ship canal. Below that, I had a chance to get on the Pride and go out into the lake and then come back in the the Parade of Ships.
She departed Duluth on Monday, August 4, 2008 (below)