Tall Ships depart from Duluth, Minnesota

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.


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    Not sure how to diagnose/fix any of this; just a heads up.

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    Comments have been a problem in my template since I rolled it out a few years ago. I’m working on a major site redesign this summer that will dramatically improve the user experience — I hope. Stay tuned.

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