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Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 2, 2016

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It’s been over a week since the ships sailed out of Duluth and I said goodbye to our summer interns. Ben headed back to college and George sailed away on When & If . Tomorrow is September 3 and all I hear around Tall Ships America HQ is, “Where did August go?!” But not so fast, we still have three more festivals (Festival of Sail Sandusky, Tall Ships® Erie, and Tall Ships® Brockville)  and summer doesn’t officially end until September 22nd.

And we had an amazing time at Tall Ships® Duluth 2016! Thousands upon thousands of people thronged the waterfront and the weather was spectacular. Once again, I was tasked with the hardship of directing the parade of sail from the Aerial Lift Bridge. This experience never gets old and we were provided with the best view in the house as the ships made their way from Lake Superior into Duluth Harbor.  It’s a surprisingly smooth transit as the bridge moves up and down (we had to lower every few minutes to allow traffic to pass). And, if you aren’t paying attention, it can be a little disconcerting to sudden realize that the water is quickly approaching and you hadn’t even noticed. Intern Ben was with me on the lift bridge and created this video of his experience, if you’d like to watch.

As in years past, the ships were enthusiastically welcomed to Duluth. It takes a lot of effort to bring a ship all the way across Lake Superior (and back!) and, based on the crowds at the festival, it looked as though it was appreciated.

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And then, all too soon, it was time for the final race of  TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 (Thank you to our Official Race Sponsor, Erie Insurance). Our small race committee spent a pleasant morning bobbing around on the water, taking photos, and generally feeling pretty smug about being on the water on a Monday.

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Denis Sullivan and When & If

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Niagara and Pride of Baltimore II

“Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas” attributed to Thomas Proctor Foster

Read about Tall Ships® Duluth in 2010 and 2013 . You can see more photos of Duluth on Flickr and our Facebook group, TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®

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