Sailing Ships To Visit Northland As Tourist Attraction

By KBJR News 1

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM CST

In the past, Duluth has hosted boat shows, home shows and air shows.

This summer, a sailing ship show will come.

Dave Anderson tells us when:

For years, ship fans have flocked to the lift bridge to watch big vessels arrive.

Lakers are the most common around here but this summer, something taller with be coming.

"Three tall ships; the Niagara, Madeline and Pride of Baltimore Two will dock at the DECC July 31st and anchor Duluth's Maritime Festival."

Two of the ships are replicas of War of 1812 warships and the third is modeled after an 1840's freighter.

The three vessels will be open for tours during the three day maritime festival.

"This is very special for the residents of Duluth and a very historic theme. It's a chance to see things that many folks have only seen in magazines or on TV."

The festival is being organized jointly by Visit Duluth and the DECC.

Boats from Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8-4 and Division 8 will assist the visiting craft.

"We hope they will be able to bring their boats out and escort the ships into port and escort them out when they leave."

\Before the tall ships do leave on August 3rd, maritime festival organizers hope people from all over the area stop by to see the majestic schooners and clippers.

"It's part of Minnesota's 150th anniversary celebration and we hope all the community will join us."

Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

More information: In addition, the Festival will feature entertainment, crafts, food and fun with a focus on the rich maritime history of Duluth and the Great Lakes.

“Family events like this one helps position city as a top-of-mind getaway destination,” said Duluth mayor Don Ness. “What’s more, what better way to honor our state and our city than with a celebration on one of its crown jewels, Lake Superior? Many thanks to the staff of Visit Duluth for helping to bring these ships and this exciting event to our city.”