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The Tall Ships Return to Duluth, Minnesota

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The Sailing Vessel Denis Sullivan returned for the 2013 Duluth Tall Ships Festival and passes the lighthouse
and enters the ship canal in the Parade of Sails

2022 Duluth Tall Ships returning
Aug 4 - 7, 2022

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This article from the 2013 Festival will give you an idea of what it is like to see these fantastic sailing ships up close.

In Late July, 2013 the Tall Ships came again to Duluth. The last time the Tall Ships Visited Duluth was in August of 2010 where nine beautiful sailing ships arrived in Duluth as part of the Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge Race.

In 2013 the ships were again participating in the Tall Ships Challenge Race; the ones appearing in Duluth were part of the race from Sault Ste. Marie Ontario to Duluth Minnesota.

Returning from the 2010 Tall Ships Festival were:

  • Flagship Niagara
  • Pride of Baltimore II
  • S/V Denis Sullivan
  • Zeeto
  • Coaster II

Plus 5 new Tall Ships (see below)

red triangle You can see photos and information/history on the above ships at our 2010 Tall Ships Duluth page.

red triangle Duluth Tall Ships 2016 - See 2016 Tall Ships Website lower down this page under "Tall Ships Links"

Tall ships

The SS Sørlandet was the most popular Tall Ship for dockside tours (here being admired by festival attendees). Thursday afternoon was a beautiful day for the Parade of Sails but rainy weather was coming as you can see by the gray clouds in the background.

New for the 2013 Tall Ships Festival (see pictures and descriptions further down the page) were:

Tall Ships Parade of Sails
The retired Coast Guard Cutter
Sundew leads the Grand Parade
of Sails

Pride of Baltimore II Sailing Vessel
The Pride of Baltimore II fires its
cannon to begin the Duluth Tall Ships
Grand Parade of Sails

  • SS Sørlandet
  • Peacemaker
  • Schooner Hindu
  • Schooner Halie and Matthew (unfortunately a no-show due to damage from a recent lightning strike)
  • Privateer Lynx

The festival officially began at noon on Thursday, July 25th with an expected arrival of ships about 2 pm for the Grand Parade of Sails. Some of the ships arrived the night before and hosted day tours out in the Duluth bay. Around 2 pm the ships congregated in the outer harbor to begin the parade, passing the lighthouses as they pass through the ship canal in Canal ParK and underneath the aerial lift bridge to the inner harbor. On Friday and Saturday several of the ships were available for dockside tours and some continued to run short day sail excursion trips out into the bay and back. Jo, Donna, and I were able to tour the US Brig Niagara and the Peacemaker. There was food and entertainment on both days. On Sunday tours and day sails continued and on Monday the ships departed for the next leg of the Tall Ships Challenge Race.

Tall Ship Profiles
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SS Sørlandet

ss sorlandet

The Norwegian SS Sorlandet was built in 1927 as a sailing training vessel and continues its educational and training mission today. It was the largest sailing ship participating in the Tall Ships festival measuring a sparred length of 210 feet with a mast height of 112 feet and carrying 27 sails.

SS Sorlandet Sailing Ship

To our dismay for some reason the Sørlandet did not raise any sails during the Grand Parade of Sails. We were looking forward to seeing her actually under sail. Perhaps it was because she seemed to just barely clear underneath the raised Aerial Lift Bridge (see photo to the right as she fires her cannon)?

blue bullet Learn more about the SS Sørlandet on its website.


Privateer Lynx

Privateer Lynx Sailing Ship

The Lynx was built in 2001 and modeled after a Baltimore Clipper of the same name that took part in the War of 1812. These privately owned ships were authorized by the government to attack the British shipping and merchant vessels. Since the US Navy fleet was quite small, Privateers were a valuable additon to the naval effort. Owned by a educational foundation the Lynx participates in programs to teach the history of the War of 1812 as well as serving as a sail training vessel.

The Lynx has a sparred length of 122 feet with a Mast height of 94 feet and carrys 8 sails.

blue bulletLearn more about the Privateer Lynx on its website.

Schooner Hindu

Schooner Hindu


Originally built as a pleasure yacht in 1925 and went through a succession of owners. During World War II she was outfitted with a machine gun on her foredeck and commissioned by the Navy to patrol the coast looking for German U-Boats. Falling into disrepair by the year 2000 she was rescued from demolation and fully rebuilt in 2006. She currently hosts day sails and tours and is available for chartered cruises.

The Hindu has a sparred length of 79 feet and a mast height of 64 feet. She carries 4 sails.

blue bulletLearn more about the Schooner Hindu on its website.


Peacemaker Sailing Ship

The Peacemaker was the most unusual ship participating in the Tall Ships Festival and it also has the most unusual ownership. Originally built in Brazil for a Brazilian industrialist as a pleasure motor yacht. The ship was launched in 1989 and later brought to Palmer-Johnson Boatyard with the intention to convert it into a sailing ship. But repairs were never commenced and it lanquished there at the boatyard for twenty years until it was purchased by the Twelve Tribes, a Christian-based artisan organization with local communities in the United States and eight other countries. Members of the community refurbished the vessel and completed the conversion to a Barguentine Sailing Vessel.

Peacemaker Sailing Vessel

The ship provides practical education for the community's youth in numerous skills associated with operating and maintaining the vessel as well as laboratory for teamwork and cross-cultural awareness obtained in its travels from port to port.

The sparred length of the Peacemaker is 150 feet and its mast height is 123 feet. She carrys 14 sails.

blue bulletLearn more about the Peacemaker on its website.

Peacemaker Captains Pilot House

The day after the Grand Parade of Sails we were able to take a dockside tour of the Peacemaker. See pictures and information on our dockside tours of the Peacemaker and the US Brig Niagara . . .

Also see more Tall Ships Festival scenes on our ScenicPathways blog.

Pride of Baltimore II, Flagship Niagara, S/V Denis Sullivan,

Pride of Baltimore II US Brig Niagara
S/V Denis Sullivan

blue bullet You can see more pictures and information and history on these ships and the Zeeto and Coaster on our 2010 Duluth Tall Ships page.

Duluth Shipping News, Visit Duluth, & Duluth News Tribune provided information on the tall ships

red triangle Dockside Tours of Tall Ships - US Brig Niagara & The Peacemaker

See pictures and our post on our dockside tours of two Tall Ships.

Tall Ships Links

Previously located on Duluth's waterfront, Festival of Sail is moving for the 2022 edition due to construction on Duluth's waterfront. The new venue is at Two Harbors' Agate Bay. There is extensive dock space for more ships and the event site on land is nearly three times as large as Duluth. Stay tuned for more info.


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