Duluth’s tall ships festival to have 1 less ship

Published 9:34 am Wednesday, July 24, 2013

DULUTH — A bowspirit problem on one of the tall ships destined for a Duluth festival will keep it away from the event.

Capt. Bruce Randall said the bowspirit on the 118-foot schooner Halie & Matthew failed and hasn’t been repaired. That’s the long pole that extends from the front of the ship and supports the masts.

More than 1,000 tickets for a ride on the schooner have been sold. Organizers said most of those ticketholders will be redirected to other tall ships in the fleet.

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The tall ships festival that opens Thursday is expected to generate as much as $15 million for the Duluth economy and draw at least 250,000 visitors. More than 25 tall ships are taking part in a tour of 22 Great Lakes ports.