The Ships

2022

Two Harbors, Minnesota

Confirmed Ships for 2022

Stay tuned, this site will be updated as the ship count rises.

Nao Trinidad

Nao Trinidad

from Seville, Spain

US Brig Niagara

US Brig Niagara

On September 10, 1813, nine small ships, including Niagara, defeated a British squadron of six vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie. A pivotal event in the War of 1812, it led to regaining Detroit, lost at the war’s outset, and lifted the nation’s morale.

The U.S. Brig Niagara is a two-masted, square-rigged sailing vessel, 198 feet sparred length, 118 feet tall. The current Niagara, the third reconstruction of the original vessel, was launched in Erie in 1988, the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie. Niagara sails the Great Lakes, preserving and interpreting the story of the Battle of Lake Erie, and acting as an ambassador in her capacity as the flagship of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As a Sailing School Vessel, her crew of professionals and trainees actively preserve the skills of square-rig seamanship.

Pride of Baltimore II

Pride of Baltimore II

Description Coming Soon

Schooner Charley

Schooner Charley

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Schooner Perception

Schooner Perception

Perception has sailed from New Zealand to Australia, Brazil, the Galapagos, the Caribbean, and Portugal. After years of traveling the world, the magnificent vessel is now in a new role, plying the fresh crystal blue waters of the Great Lakes. It is making a life changing impact on grieving youth, veterans, and veterans' families. Its main mission is sail training with Blue and Golds Star teens, whose parent serves in the military or was killed in service.

Perception is a rare treasure: the fact that she is a Herreschoff-designed schooner sets her apart from other boats with just a glance. Launched in 1985 from plans by the famous naval architect L. Francis Herreschoff, the 68-foot steel-hulled tall ship has a mast that stands 70 feet tall and is fitted with stunning teak woodwork. Her beauty is only surpassed by the joy it brings to those who get to sail aboard her.

Perception is owned by Michigan Challenge Traditional Sail Training, a nonprofit led by Captain Bryan Smith. The group provides tuition-free sail training as developed by Tall Ships America to Gold and Blue Start teens, veterans and their families, and all teens who would otherwise not have the opportunity. The experiences they offer include teen sailing adventures, veterans' sails, and volunteer opportunities. While on board, guests learn sailing skills and participate in team building in a fun atmosphere.

Inland Seas

Inland Seas

Description Coming Soon

Schooner Utopia

Schooner Utopia

Description Coming Soon

St. Lawrence II

St. Lawrence II

The St. Lawrence II is a custom built Tall Ship that operates as a platform for experiential outdoor adventure programs. Every detail of the design is meant to maximize the impact of the programming and the participants' experience.
Built by Kingston Shipyards in 1953 to a design by the legendary Francis MacLachlan & Mike Eames, the ship is designed to create teamwork, community, and cooperative effort between participants; to connect people with the natural world through tactile experiences, to deliver an understanding of both the power and fragility of nature; and to foster the creation of lasting friendships.
As an experiential adventure platform, the program and accommodations are very similar to canoe tripping or backcountry camping - there is a simple cooking arrangement, cabin style bunking; it’s all very cottagey and space is used very efficiently.
The ship is extraordinarily seaworthy and sails very well - having made many voyages throughout the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
Below decks the ship is separated into 3 spaces. One forward for jr. Youth Leaders, one aft for Crew, and one amidships for participants. She is also fitted with two "heads" (washrooms), a camp “galley” (kitchen) and an Engine Room.
St. Lawrence II has a full modern navigation suite which includes Electronic Chart System, AIS, GPS, Radar, Depth Sounder and two VHF/DSC radios.

Abbey Road

Abbey Road

Lake Superior Tall Ships accepted the donation of the Abbey Road on April 7, 2014, and immediately began taking kids of all ages sailing on Lake Superior.

The trips are “Un-plugged” experiential learning voyages.  Teamwork is required which fosters acceptance of others, cultivates personal responsibility and helps develop leadership skills.

Longer trips can be physically and emotionally challenging for some participants (although not dangerous).  As controlled risks are overcome by participants they discover hidden strengths, acquire new skills and increase self-confidence.

They are very proud to have had over 3,600 participants onboard the Abbey Road since 2014.  She is an excellent platform for small groups and they will continue sailing her into the foreseeable future.

M/V Sundew
former US Coast Guard Cutter

M/V Sundew
former US Coast Guard Cutter

The former USCGC Sundew (WLB-404) served as a 180-foot sea going buoy tender from 1944 until its retirement in 2004. A Iris, or C-class tender, it was built by Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Corporation in Duluth, Minnesota. Sundew's preliminary design was completed by the United States Lighthouse Service and the final design was produced by Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Corporation in Duluth for the U.S. Coast Guard. On 29 November 1943 the keel was laid. It was launched on 8 February 1944 and commissioned on 24 August 1944. The original cost for the hull and machinery was $861,589.
Sundew is one of 39 original 180-foot (55 m) seagoing buoy tenders built between 1942-1944. All but one of the original tenders, USCGC Ironwood, were built in Duluth. Like all of these tenders, Sundew was named after a plant, in this case the sundew, a carnivorous plant from the genus Drosera.

In 1958, Sundew was assigned to Charlevoix, Michigan, and the following November helped in the rescue of two survivors from the Carl D. Bradley when it sank in a storm on Lake Michigan 47 miles (76 km) west-northwest of Charlevoix. Sundew remained at Charlevoix until 1981, when she was replaced by USCGC Mesquite. Sundew was then moved to Duluth, Minnesota, where it served until it was retired in 2004.
Sundew served 60 years for the Coast Guard and was decommissioned and retired on May 27, 2004.

Edna G.

Edna G.

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Gerhard Folgero

Gerhard Folgero

Built by Matt Putra, a professional welder in Kenosha, Wisconsin to the plans drawn up by the leading steel boat designer at that time from Philadelphia J. Murray Watts. Vessel then sold to John Caldwell who brought the boat to a higher standard of completeness and naming her ANNA Z. John enjoyed the vessel for many years before selling her to Ralph Hollingsworth who changed the name to Black Swan. I Randy Ellestad purchased the vessel in the fall of 2009 and had the boat shipped from St. Joseph harbor Mich to Knife River Minn.

He spent the next 4 years doing some major refits, building all new masts and spars all new rigging. He drew up a new sail plan and had sails made in Sussex England out of duradon.

The vessel was renamed to give honor and remembrance to the Norwegian explorer Captain Gerhard Folgero, who in 1926-1927 became the first to retrace the route believed to have been sailed by Leif Erikson and using a 42ft Viking ship to show that it could be done. He and his crew of 3 men ultimately arrived in Duluth Minn June 23, 1927. Later in 1929 he sailed a 60ft Viking ship from Norway to St. Paul Minn. becoming the first foreign flagged sailing vessel to arrive there.

These ships are not guaranteed. Ship lineup is subject to change without notice.