We see that you have javascript disabled. Please enable javascript and refresh the page to continue reading local news. If you feel you have received this message in error, please contact the customer support team at 1-833-248-7801.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Russian tall ship returns to Lake Superior

After spending the winter in the Loon's Foot Marina in Superior, the Pilgrim, a replica of an 18th-century wooden sailing boat, is back on the water.

061821.n.st.Pilgrim4.jpg
The Russian tall ship replica Pilgrim is docked at Loon’s Foot Marine, near the landing, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Superior. The ship was built in Duluth's sister city of Petrozavodsk, Russia, in 2007. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
We are part of The Trust Project.

After eight and a half months on land at the Loon's Foot Marina in Superior, the Pilgrim is back on the water.

The 18th-century tall ship replica from Duluth's sister city of Petrozavodsk, Russia, was launched back into the water May 30, according to the boat's Facebook page . The ship's first destination is a short jaunt up to Grand Marais for the Wooden Boat Show hosted by the North House Folk School.

The 42-foot Pilgrim, built by brothers Sergey and Alexander Sinelnik, has been traveling the globe since it was launched in 2017. The boat has traveled more than 12,000 miles since then.

Capt. Sergey Sinelnik is currently preparing the boat for a journey of a different kind.

ADVERTISEMENT

Pilgrim voyage.jpg
(Gary Meader / gmeader@duluthnews.com)

"They're going to trailer the boat from here to Seattle, or more specifically, Everett, Washington," said Chris Pascone, Duluth resident and translator for the sailors. "Their current goal is to sail up from Washington to Alaska and then on to Siberia by the end of the sailing season, which for them means mid-September."

But the ship will return to Superior for a little while before making the over-2,100-mile land journey to Everett.

PREVIOUSLY:

  • Photos: Russian tall ship Pilgrim arrives in Duluth The Pilgrim has been sailing the world for two years and arrived in Duluth on Monday, Aug. 31. It originated in Duluth’s Sister City of Petrozavodsk, Russia, where the vessel was built in 2007. The tall ship will spend an indefinite amount of time in Duluth, and is likely to move on to a secondary dock as the expedition needs to raise funds to transport the ship and crew to Seattle, where it will resume sailing for Alaska.
  • Russian Pilgrim dispatches greeting to Duluth from Lake Erie "If everything goes well, I hope by the end of August," to be in the Twin Ports, captain says.

According to posts from Capt. Sinelnik, the Twin Ports has been welcoming to the Russian visitors. The boat first arrived in the area around Sept. 7 and tethered behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center for a few days, allowing visitors to check out the historic ship. One such visitor was Mayor Emily Larson, who proclaimed Sept. 9, 2020, as Lodya Day, referencing the ship's other name.
That's how Pascone met the ship's crew last fall. As a fellow Russian speaker, he became fast friends with the captain and crew and had them over for dinner.

061821.n.st.Pilgrim3.jpg
The Russian tall ship replica Pilgrim is docked at Loon’s Foot Marine, near the landing, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Superior. The ship was built in Duluth's sister city of Petrozavodsk, Russia, in 2007. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

"It's been great to have them over and get to know them better," Pascone said. "They need some help interpreting, so I've been working as that for them. It's been very cool."

ADVERTISEMENT

Pascone worked with the crew this week to ensure they had the permissions necessary to take the boat up to Grand Marais. After everything was approved, the crew set sail around 4 a.m. Thursday. The plan is for the boat to stay up at the festival through the weekend at least and then sail back to Superior.

More information about the Wooden Boat Show is available at northhouse.org/events/wooden-boat-show#pilgrim .

This story was updated at 6:23 p.m. June 19 to correct the spelling of "Petrozavodsk." It was originally posted at 5:20 p.m. June 18. The News Tribune regrets the error.

Teri Cadeau is a general assignment and neighborhood reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. Originally from the Iron Range, Cadeau has worked for several community newspapers in the Duluth area for eight years including: The Duluth Budgeteer News, Western Weekly, Weekly Observer, Lake County News-Chronicle and occasionally, the Cloquet Pine Journal. When not working, she's an avid reader and crafter.
What to read next
The brewers use proceeds of their sales to benefit veterans and first responders.
Bankruptcy information gathered from cases filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Duluth.
Recently sold properties from St. Louis County.
Experts weigh in on future after rough weeks on stock market