Tall Ship “The Mist of Avalon” Sailing to Grand Portage National Monument


Tall Ship “The Mist of Avalon” Sailing to Grand Portage National Monument

As Part of National Parks Service Centennial Celebration

August 12-14, 2016

COOK COUNTY, Minn. (May 19, 2016) – The Tall Ship “The Mist of Avalon” will be in port at Grand Portage National Monument during the 2016 Rendezvous Days weekend, Friday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 14 as part of the National Parks Service Centennial Celebration.

The “Mist of Avalon” will arrive in port on Friday afternoon.  Visitors who want a FREE tour of the ship can do so on a first-come, first-serve basis all-day on Saturday, and shuttles will be provided by Isle Royale’s boat the “Sea Hunter” throughout the day.  Visitors MUST wear tennis shoes or dock shoes for the tour.

“This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a ship that has appeared in numerous feature films and documentaries,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County.  “Seeing a 19th Century Grand Banks schooner on the water will transport visitors back in time.”

The “Mist of Avalon” was originally built in 1967, but was not transformed into its current state as a Gaff Schooner until 1992.  Doug Prothru is the current captain in charge of the 100-foot long, and 85-foot high “Mist of Avalon”.

Another ship, the “Mackinaw”, will be docked outside of the monument for the weekend for FREE tours as well.  The “Mackinaw” is a 24-foot sailboat that has been restored and owned by Grand Portage National Park (GPNP).  The event will also feature a variety of birch-bark canoes for visitors to view.

Please visit the Visit Cook County link provided for additional information on the event | https://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/_210/.


For more information on the Grand Portage National Monument, please click on this link | http://www.nps.gov/grpo/planyourvisit/grandportagenationalmonumentheritagecenter.Htm, or http://findyourpark.com/


For more information on Schooner “The Mist of Avalon”, please click on this link |



For more information on the tall ships, click on this link | http://www.sailtraining.org/tallships/2016greatlakes/TSC2016index.php, @tallshipsfleet, or http://tallshipsduluth.com/ships/

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Last spring, Grand Marais was named the 2015 Coolest Small Town in America by Budget Travel, thanks to a social media voting contest. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Download the Visit Cook County app in the Google Play or iTunes App store to gain quick access to the events calendar, places to eat, stay, and play right at your fingertips. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.



Lynn Nelson | LIN Public Relations, Inc. 612.990.0126 lnelson@linpr.com Katie Krantz | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 katie@visitcookcounty.com