Tens of Thousands Set Sail for Canal Park to See 2013 Tall Ships

By KBJR News 1

July 25, 2013 Updated Jul 25, 2013 at 7:03 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - For Bloomington resident Bill Lundholm, making the trek up to Duluth for the 2013 Tall Ships sounded like the best way to spend a summer weekend.

"And we've been coming up to the Tall Ships for the past 3 events. We enjoy just coming up, and watching the ships," said Lundholm, standing on the pier.

Lundholm, who is here with his wife and daughter, says he'd rather be in the Canal Park crowd than any Twin Cities traffic jam.

"I like being in crowds, really," he said, laughing, "you just have to be patient."

For history buffs Larry and Tina Wheeler, seeing the towering canvas sail through the harbor is a chance to be a part of living history.

"It's the experience of going back in time, maybe in a small fashion, but it's still living history," said Larry Wheeler.

But for Metro Area students Leila, Lesley, Juliann & Dunia, who came as part of a school program, the whole point of history is dressing the part.

"And she looks at me, and says 'we're going as pirates,'" said a laughing Juliann.

"I heard there was this Tall Ships Festival, and [I thought], 'I'm going to bring my pirate outfit,' because I already had it for Halloween," said Leila.

For marine biologist and Shreveport, Louisiana resident Kristin Foss, it's a chance to mix business and pleasure.

"I spent a lot of my time in the water down on the coast, so being able to see this on Lake Superior—these tall, old, historic ships—I mean, look at this! It's great," exclaimed Foss.

But for Bay Area, California resident David Fisher and his family, who had the chance to see the Tall Ships in San Francisco Bay, seeing them in Duluth comes with a Minnesota–nice bonus.

"This is great. The weather and the friendliness of the people will stay with our family for a long time," said Fisher.

...fond memories that he and his family say they'll share with friends back home.

- Posted to the web by Billy Wagness