Come sail away, Duluth to Chicago

Want to sail on a tall ship but missed out on getting a ticket for a day sail during next week’s Tall Ships Duluth festival? Don’t despair, there’s still space to sail from Duluth to Chicago aboard the S.S. Sorlandet.

Participants will spend 12 days aboard the full-rigged ship, boarding in Duluth on July 28 and leaving the ship in Chicago on Aug. 9. From July 29 to Aug. 7, they will sail across Lake Superior, through the Soo Locks and down Lake Michigan to Chicago. Once there, they’ll take part in the parade of sail for Tall Ships Chicago and receive crew passes to the festival. Costs are $1,800 for adults 22 years and older or $1,500 for those ages 12-21, and includes three meals and snacks daily.

For more information or to register, go to and click on “Dates/Fees.”

The S.S. Sorlandet will board in Duluth. (Bjarke Wahlqvist / The Ship Sorlandet)

The 210-foot-long, three-mast Sorlandet was launched in Norway in 1927. Built as a schoolship for the merchant marine, it served as the Norwegian pavilion during the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933.