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Ship forced to cancel from Duluth festival

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

DULUTH — After being pummeled by bad weather, one of the tall ships scheduled for Duluth’s tall ship festival this week has canceled its appearance.

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The schooner Halie & Matthew recently survived wind, waves and an on-board fire on the Great Lakes. While no one was injured, necessary repairs won’t be completed in time to finish the voyage to Duluth.

“It is with profound regret that the tall ship Halie & Matthew cannot fulfill its obligation to appear at Tall Ships Duluth 2013,” Capt. Bruce Randall said in a news release.

The 118-foot-long, two-masted gaff-rigged schooner had sold more than 1,000 tickets for two-hour sails. About 70 percent of those tickets can be redirected to other tall ships in the fleet or a refund can be requested.

Tall Ships Duluth 2013 starts Thursday.

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