DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Tall ships may be returning to Duluth this summer.

Visit Duluth chief executive Terry Mattson told the Duluth News Tribune he plans to bring the USS Niagara and the Pride of Baltimore II to the Duluth Maritime Festival in July.

Mattson said he expects an “entertainment-centric” festival where visitors could take short outings on the ships. The city hasn’t signed any contracts with the ships, announced an entertainment lineup or set a date for the event.

It would be much smaller than last year’s tall ship display, when the city brought eight vessels into port for the Tall Ships Duluth festival. Mattson said he’s planning an even bigger event for 2013, with as many as 10 ships.

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Comments (3)
  1. Christine Peterson says:

    I can’t wait for that coming soon!

  2. Judy says:

    I took all my grandchildren to see the two vessels in Hudson,WI. which they enjoyed seeing. They really enjoyed the experience, and got an idea of what our ancestors lives were like. Reading about Christopher Columbus in school, this viewing gave them a better understanding of the hardships endured on such vessels. My only disappointment was that the ships werent able to have their sails open, it would have been perfect then. I felt bad not being able to attend the Duluth collection to see the many ships docked there. I am definitely planning on loading all the grandkids up again, and heading north this year, after hearing this news. Schools should take advantage of this as a field trip and learning experience for the kids.

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