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A crowd watches from shore as the U.S. Brig Niagara sails through the Duluth Ship Canal toward the Aerial Lift Bridge during Thursday's Grand Parade of Sail. (Derek Montgomery / For the News Tribune)

Ships ahoy! Thousands crowd waterfront to welcome armada

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At full sail and with cannons firing, a long-anticipated contingent of tall ships glided gracefully into the Duluth harbor on Thursday afternoon as thousands eagerly watched.

While eight ships entered on schedule in the Grand Parade of Sail, a ninth ship didn't make the grand entry that began at 2 p.m. The S/V Denis Sullivan, which was held up by storms in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Tuesday, arrived shortly before 6 p.m.

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