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There is always activity around Duluth’s ¬†Water Front Plaza Marina in Canal Park. A small pedestrian lift bridge allows pedestrians to cross the water over the entrance into the Marina. As we approached the Marina the lift bridge was up to allow several sport fishing boats to enter the Marina.

There are boat slips along both sides of the marina. This photo shows the boat slips used by sail boats and commercial sport fishing boats.

We walked across the bridge to the plaza next to the Vista Fleet boat docks. I was watching a sail boat come toward the lift bridge but it was going very slowly. When I looked back to the lift bridge I noticed there was a wedding party on the bridge having their picture taken. When the bridge operator announced the bridge was going up the wedding party scattered in all directions. This is a shot of the bridge as it was coming down.

While one side of the Marina has slips for commercial fishing boats the other side of the Marina houses the William A. Irvin and the Vista Fleet boats. The Irvin was the flagship if U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Fleet and is now permanently moored at the dock. The Irvin is open to the public and is a great tour to take the kids on. Around Halloween it becomes a haunted ship. this is a close-up of the rudder of the William A Irvin.