Last Thursday, when the big grand parade of ships took place, the weather was rainy and not all that nice. Today's a different story, blue skies and bright sunshine. Instead of paying the $10 parking and $6 a head to walk down the pier, today it was 50 cents in the meter and open access for free. That's the way I do business! The only thing better than cheap is FREE!
My timing was perfect. Some of the ships were out in the lake giving last minute rides, before packing it up to head off to their next port of call.
Just as this one passed under the lift bridge and came in front of me, it fired off it's cannon. Startled everyone, including me. Being only about 50' from the muzzle, the pressure concussion was pretty strong. It did add the perfect touch, proving that by not going to the arrival parade I didn't miss a thing.
Most of them probably grew up around here, so getting a chance to relive earlier times is pretty special. The local rowing club was out with their 4-man sculls too when I arrived, but by the time I got in position for a picture they had made it across the harbor and were out of sight.
I was amazed at the amount of rigging supporting the three masts. There were a number of crew members aloft tending to the sails, in preparation for departing.
This ship had an interesting layout. The rear of the ship was a concrete slab that was hinged, and laid down to form a platform off the back.
Behind the barn doors, that were concealed when the slab was retracted, were a couple small boats. Runabouts that can be slid out the back.
You might think the crew spends all their time in cramped quarters on board the ship, oh contraire my friends. Following behind, on land of course, is the Peacemaker bus.
It looked to be rigged with sleeping accommodations for a sizable group. I can only imagine that when in port many of the crew stay ashore, so the boat can be displayed to the public.
It was a good morning playing tourist. I can't stand the crowds down by the lift bridge when there's an event going on, but it was fun to wander with a smaller group. I over heard one couple complimenting staff about our city at the head of the Great Lakes as they mentioned coming from New Hampshire. Funny how I was out their way just a few months ago.
It's located right in the center of the Canal Park area, tourist central for Duluth MN. Back in 1968, the fall after I graduated from Duluth Central High School, I worked on the second or third floor installing grommets on kindergarten school sleeping mats.
This used to be the Sanomade Mattress Company. The upper stories of the building were the local Sears warehouse. This prime tourist area was a run down industrial area back then. No lake front high rise hotels, and trendy store fronts. I also worked at a construction and logging equipment dealership down the block from this store and there was a large tow truck company just down the street. Duluth Spring manufactured auto and truck suspension parts, and we used to eat lunch at the small cafe that was attached to the Club Saratoga, a local strip club. Tuesday was pasty day at the cafe. That's pasty (food), not pastie (strippers accessorie).
My how the times have changed.