Norwegian Tall Ship Coming to Thunder Bay

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THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  April 8, 2013  ---- A really big lake deserves a really big celebration Norwegian Tall Ship Sorlandetand this year, Lake Superior Day welcomes the Norwegian Tall Ship Sorlandet! Since 2008, EcoSuperior has organized Lake Superior Day, a free, fun, family event that includes displays, activities and entertainment for the whole family. In the past, the festival area at Marina Park has hosted Lake Superior Day but this year it takes place at Thunder Bay’s Pool 6 Cruise Ship Dock to accommodate the tall ship on Sunday, July 21 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The 57m long Sorlandet was built in 1927 in the city of Kristiansand, Norway. It is the oldest full-rigged ship in operation. Currently being used as a teaching vessel by Class Afloat, the Sorlandet is based in the community of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. For nine months at a time, students live, study, sail and stand watch aboard the Sorlandet. The vessel travels through the Mediterranean, down the coast of Africa across to Brazil, and up through the Caribbean back to Nova Scotia.

To track the ships journey before it arrives in Thunder Bay and then carried on to Duluth by visiting Lake Superior News Shipping Tracking page. http://lakesuperiornews.com/Shipping.aspx

From this page are link to the ports of Duluth and Thunder Bay so that you can track the ships entering these ports .

Where you can daily see ships entering and leave the Port of Thunder Bay and Duluth.

The Norwegian Tall Ship Sorlandet will continue on to the Port of Duluth for Tall Ships® Duluth 2013 July 25- July 29, 2013. to join  8 other tallships  For more information of the see our earlier story Duluth Tall Ships

During Lake Superior Day the Sorlandet will be available for public on deck tours with admission of $3 a person, free for children under 3 years of age.

Lake Superior Day was started in the early 1990s to highlight the importance of this great water body to the basin’s environment and economy. The Lake Superior Binational Forum initiated this basin-wide event which is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in July in communities all around the lake. Past family activities included information displays, live entertainment, free tours of the Cape Chaillon, a Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue ship, and the Science North Caravan always has a variety of fun activities for kids. “Hosting a tall ship will help to make this our largest event in Lake Superior Day history!” says EcoSuperior Program Coordinator Ashley Priem.

“Tourism Thunder Bay is thrilled to partner with Eco Superior to host the Sorlandat and crew at the Pool 6 Cruise Ship dock this summer as part of the Lake Superior Day festivities. This sizable vessel is certain to be a popular attraction for residents and visitors to the community alike,” says City Tourism Manager Paul Anthony Pepe.

To learn more about Lake Superior Day visit Lake Superior Day  and be sure to like and share Lake Superior Day on Facebook or email ashley@ecosuperior.org. For businesses interested in getting involved with this event, there are sponsorship opportunities available to help support the tall ship visit. Contact EcoSuperior for a sponsorship package.


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