Tall Ships return this summer

Tall ships will once again be sailing to Lake Superior next August, and tickets for the newly named Festival of Sail Duluth 2019 went on sale today.

Draw Events, which organized the most recent tall ships festivals, including the last one in 2016, is again pulling together next year's festival, promising "the largest event in our region’s history featuring ship tours, day sails, educational programming, food and beverage, entertainment and fun for the entire family!"

The festival runs Sunday-Tuesday, Aug. 11-13, overlapping with the popular waterfront Blues Fest, which runs Aug. 9-11. Seven vessels are already scheduled, including the retired Sundew, a former Coast Guard cutter now privately owned in Duluth. Some of the tall ships already on board are familiar: the U.S. Brig Niagara (shooting its cannon under the Aerial Lift Bridge in this photo) and the SV Denis Sullivan. The schooners scheduled include Appledore VUtopiaBloodhound and the Lake Superior-based Abbey Road, which now sails in Bayfield, Wisconsin, under Lake Superior Tall Ships. Draw Events says the giant duck will return and you can purchase sail aways on some ships (also online).

- Lake Superior Magazine