|Tall Ships at Bayfront Park, Duluth, MN|
The Tall Ships Festival ends today with the tall masted ships set to depart from the Port of Duluth, Minnesota, this morning.
It was a mostly cold and wet Tall Ships weekend, though yesterday was nicer. My family and I made the two-hour trip down to Duluth on Friday.
The crowds were enormous. Organizers predicted more than 250,000 people would visit Tall Ships before the event began. I was skeptical of that, but not after trying to navigate the docks next to the ships.
Our boys got a little freaked out by the rush of people. At one point a privateer yelled out to one of my sons “Smile kid, this is supposed to be fun!” I think if it were just me and my nautically-inclined son Doug we could have spent hours there. Fortunately, the nearby playground let all the boys wind down after watching dad try to get pictures.
The whole thing seemed a lot bigger and more organized than when we visited in 2010. There was a lot more activity outside of the ships — from historical interpreters, to arts and crafts people and more.
Duluth did a great job with this event.
More photos below the jump:
|Pride of Baltimore|
|Historically accurate flag.|
|Had to snap this shot for two reasons: The amazing sight of all the rigging and the Norwegian flag, for Grandpa Johnson.|
|Here’s me by the US Brig Niagara. My family was very generous to brave the crowds mostly for my own amusement.|