Duluth and The Tall Ships Festival 2016

August 29, 2016

William A. Irvin docked on the Duluth waterfront

William A. Irvin docked on the Duluth waterfront

Entrance to the Duluth Ship Canal (the red-roofed building is on the Wisconsin side)

Entrance to the Duluth Ship Canal (the red-roofed building is on the Wisconsin side)

Duluth's Grandma's restaurant near the Aerial Bridge

Duluth’s Grandma’s restaurant near the Aerial Bridge

“‘You’ll never see another town like Duluth,’ he says.  ‘It’s not a tourist destination, but it probably should be.  Depends on what season you’re in there, though.  There are only two seasons: damp and cold.  I like the way the hills tumble to the waterfront and the way the wind blows around the grain elevators.  The train yards go on forever too.  It’s old-age industrial, that’s what it is.'”
— from “Bob Dylan’s Late-Era, Old-Style American Individualism”  by Douglas Brinkley, Rolling Stone, May 14, 2009

Duluth's waterfront, with grain elevators

Duluth’s waterfront, with grain elevators

My sister and I continued our vacation “Up North” with a trip to Duluth.  We had tickets to the Tall Ships Festival and joined tens of thousands of other people who lined the waterfront to watch these marvelous ships come in.  In spite of the crowds, I liked the look and feel of Duluth. It’s a working city, a port city, industrial and seemingly untarnished.

Here are some photos from Duluth and the Tall Ships Festival:

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Passing under Duluth's Aerial Bridge (It lifts so ships can pass through)

Passing under Duluth’s Aerial Bridge (It lifts so ships can pass through)

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Navy recruiters

Navy recruiters

Re-enactment area, living history around the time of the War of 1812

Re-enactment area, living history around the time of the War of 1812

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Watercolor sketch for my Minnesota travel journal

Watercolor sketch for my Minnesota travel journal

Watercolor sketch of tanker docked in Duluth

Watercolor sketch of tanker docked in Duluth

 

 

 

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One Response to “Duluth and The Tall Ships Festival 2016”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    Wonderful photos of the ships, both old and new. And your sketches are wonderful: so lively and well-done. Here’s my confession, though; I feel about faux pirates the way some people feel about clowns — they seem just slightly obnoxious to me. Maybe it’s a result of living on the Gulf Coast, where people not even in costume seem to love running around drinking too much rum and going, “ARRRRRGH, me maties!”


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