Festival of Sail Draws Thousands to Duluth

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: August 12, 2019 06:28 PM

After three years, the Festival of Sail was finally back in Duluth Sunday.


Folks made sure they didn’t miss out on the breathtaking views of the parade.

“It was fun to watch them emerge from under the lift bridge and see the different sizes. The U.S. Brig Niagara by far is the most impressive,” Mary Elazanin, a first-time festival attendee from Bloomington, said.

Lake Superior looked like it went back in time as majestic ships made their way to the Duluth Harbor for the tall ships parade.

Once the parade ended, thousands of people explored the variety of historic ships and the famous giant rubber duck.

"The sails they’re quite impressive and I’m super impressed by all these people working it who are climbing these ships," Elazanin said.

Folks made sure to dress the part for the festival too by displaying their inner pirate with fun costumes.

Captains and crew members of the ships were ecstatic to see the long lines of excited attendees that climbed aboard to tour their ships.

“The Denis Sullivan is a recreation of a typical Great Lakes cargo schooner from back in the day. Before there were steam ships traveling the Great Lakes, these types of ships were moving the cargo,” Tiffany Krihwan, the senior captain of the Sullivan, said.

The historic U.S. Brig Niagara was a must-see ship for many people.

"It was in the war of 1812. It’s pretty cool. We really want to see that one,” Nicholas Eller, a first- time festival attendee from Minneapolis, said.

"The cool thing about that ship is that four percent of it is still the original build from the 1800s,” Ryan Whaley, the Festival of Sail public relations director, said.

Although some of these ships have gone through upgrades and changes over the years, the rich history that remains in them is something that can never be replaced.

"The way the Denis Sullivan sails is the same way it sailed 150 years ago. Even though the material is more modern, the way we sail them is still completely accurate. We are keeping that kind of history alive,” Krihwan said.

For more information on the event, click here.

On Monday, join WDIO News as we broadcast LIVE from the deck of the US Brig Niagara during WDIO News at Five and Six.


Alejandra Palacios

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