A day after launching the Egress we headed 90 miles west to Duluth to attend the Tall ships festival.

You can find the video below and then read about our experiences below the video.

 

 

The Duluth TALL SHIPS Fesitval takes place every three years. It was held August 18th-21st  2016 and drew approximately 300,000 people. And man was it crowded! It included 8 TALL SHIPS. Since I’m a bit of a prepper. We had bought are fast pass tickets and booked our hotel in Canal Park a year in advance. The fast pass tickets allowed us to bypass lines to tour the SHIPS. That was the theory anyhow. No real need to go more in depth of the organizational problems of the festival that I had observed. I’ll just say again that being one who likes to prepare, I had us in line early for everything we intended to see. And we saw everything that we wanted to see and had a wonderful time. When the day sails were announced months before the event , we purchased tickets to sail on two of the ships as we knew they would sell out fast. We purchased a sail on the WHEN and IF, GENERAL George S. Patton’s personal Yacht and the PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II. The weather forecast was perfect for the event and we greatly anticipated our time in Duluth.

It really turned out to be a wonderful event. Everyone we had met associated with the various SHIPS really wore their pride on the sleeves. Ah to be younger again and work on one of these magnificent vessels.

I need to mention a few specifically while still fresh in my mind.

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