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Our view: Don't you feel bad for the short ships?

They'll be the stars of a grand parade this afternoon: tall ships, nine of them, looking like something out of a "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie and turning the Duluth-Superior Harbor and our waterfront areas into congestion and celebration central.

They'll be the stars of a grand parade this afternoon: tall ships, nine of them, looking like something out of a "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie and turning the Duluth-Superior Harbor and our waterfront areas into congestion and celebration central.

By the hundreds of thousands we'll welcome Tall Ships Duluth, a benchmark moment on Duluth's calendar. And then, for much of four days, we'll soak up the majestic, wind-powered beauty; and we'll ride these visiting ships, tour them, gawk at them, photograph and Facebook them, and just bask in their awesome presence.

But what about ships that aren't tall? The William A. Irvin? The Vista tour boats? The SS Meteor? The charter fishing boats? Like other attractions that make Duluth and the Twin Ports a Midwestern tourism magnet, they may be overlooked for a while, but they won't go anywhere. Maybe they'll be discovered by our many visitors this weekend. Maybe families will realize they need to come back. You can't do Duluth in a single visit -- no way.

So, welcome, tall ships and Tall Ships Duluth and the hordes of festivalgoers. Enjoy your weekend -- and, someday soon, you can enjoy your return to the shores of Lake Superior.

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