Tall Ships Heading to Great Lakes for Summer 2016

Lake Superior
Tall Ship will arrive on Lake Superior this summer

Lake Superior
Tall Ship will arrive on Lake Superior this summer

THUNDER BAY – Tall Ships are headed to Lake Superior. In the summer of 2016, Tall Ships America will once again bring a fleet of tall ships to the Great Lakes, the world’s largest body of fresh surface water, as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 series. Join us as the tall ships race through all five Great Lakes making port appearances in cities throughout the US and Canada.

So far, Thunder Bay is not one of the destinations, but Duluth will host the Tall Ships. The full roster of ports of call has not been finalized.

HMS Bounty in Thunder Bay
HMS Bounty in Thunder Bay

The fleet will make port at least 8 times in the Great Lakes this summer.

• Toronto, Ont., July 1-3.
• Fairport, Ohio, July 8-10.
• Bay City, Mich., July 15-17.
• Chicago, Ill., July 27-31.
• Green Bay, Wis., Aug. 5-7.
• Duluth, Minn., Aug. 18-21.
• Erie, Penn., Sept. 8-11.
• Brockville, Ont., Sept. 17-18.

The fleet of twenty tall ships will also include a replica Viking longship along with a 170-foot Spanish Galleon.

The Tall Ships Challenge will pit the vessels racing against each other.

During stops in the ports along the journey, the tall ships will be open for tours by the public.

Passengers onboard the 198-foot brig Niagara during the Parade of Sail in Erie, Penn. (photo courtesy of Tall Ships America)
Passengers onboard the 198-foot brig Niagara during the Parade of Sail in Erie, Penn. (photo courtesy of Tall Ships America)

Founded in 1973, Tall Ships America is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships. It is the hub for tall ship activity, expertise, and information in North America, and is commended by Congress as the Sail Training organization representing the United States in the international forum.  Tall Ships America supports the people, ships and programs of sail training through grants, scholarships, conferences, education, publications, and public events and advocacy.

The mission of Tall Ships America is to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public, and support education under sail.