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by Gail Clifford MD (subscribe)
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The Annual Festival of Sail brings eight tall ships into Two Harbors for four days of live entertainment, tours of the lighthouse, the ships, great food and live performances providing fun for the entire family.

Ships include the Nao Trinidad from Seville, Spain, the Pride of Baltimore II, Schooner Charley, and the Inland Seas. Also available is the US Brig Niagara, a two-mast, square-rigged ship measuring 198 feet long and 118 feet tall, which participated in the 1813 defeat of a British squadron in the Battle of Lake Erie, a pivotal event that led to the U.S. regaining Detroit in the War of 1812. The St. Lawrence II, built in 1953, operates under the mission of connecting people with the natural world. Cabin-style bunking and programs that include canoe trips and back-country camping makes for a rustic connection. The Gerhard Folgero, named to honor the Norwegian explorer for the man who was the first to retrace Leif Erikson's route in a 42 ft Viking Ship. Finally, the M/V Sundew, a former US Coast Guard Cutter (1944-2004), one of 39 original seagoing buoy tenders built in Duluth and, in 1958, participated in the rescue of the sinking Carl D. Bradley survivors.

Enjoy the community, sun, laughter, and fun around the glorious tall ships in the Two Harbors harbor.
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Where: Two Harbors, MN USA
Cost: $30 - $159
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