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Posts from the Denis Sullivan No. 7: Duluth, MN: the Surprise of Superior

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 10, 2010

August 9, 2010 – 10:01am — Natalie Joynton

Though Bay City, MI is whispered to be our tour’s kindest port, Duluth, Minnesota takes prize as the most surprising harbor of the 2010 Great Lakes United TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®. 

Standing on the Sullivan’s quarter deck, waving back to the shoreline welcome crowd, my first impression of the city was the opposite of what I expected. It was Duluth’s topography: white wood houses, red brick clock tower, shiny hotels and skyscrapers rising against a sharp hill that made the city look more like something out of a calendar of French vacation beaches rather than a Midwest port. Except that when the Sullivan pulled into Duluth, it was in un-calendar-esque weather. Slight fog had rolled in and fat clouds meant rain. We were told to expect thunderstorms all weekend, the entire festival. I was thankful I’d be under a tent, but knew that the rain also meant the crowds would be thin at best.

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