A Tall Ship for Lake Superior!


We are working to build or purchase a Tall Ship to expand our programs and take more kids sailing on Lake Superior!

Adventure, discovery, Stewardship

Since 2014, Lake Superior Tall Ships, Inc. has been providing positive, life-changing outdoor sailing adventures to kids and adults in the Apostle Islands/Chequamegon Bay Area aboard the schooner Abbey Road.

Our trips are “Un-plugged” experiential learning voyages.  Teamwork is required which fosters acceptance of others, cultivates personal responsibility and helps develop leadership skills.

Longer trips can be physically and emotionally challenging for some participants (although not dangerous).  As controlled risks are overcome by participants they discover hidden strengths, acquire new skills and increase self-confidence.


The Abbey Road

We are very proud that we’ve had over 3,600 participants onboard the Abbey Road in the since 2014.

The Abbey Road is an excellent platform for small groups and we will continue sailing her into the foreseeable future.  We would like to take more kids sailing on Lake Superior but we are not able to do this with the 52’ Abbey Road alone.

Our goal from the start has been to build the Alice Craig, a replica of a US Revenue Cutter that sailed Lake Superior from 1859 to 1887, but it could be several years before we are in a position to lay her keel.


(Né Mystic Whaler)

However, there is a schooner currently listed for sale on the East Coast that would be a great boat to expand our fleet.

The Mystic Whaler is 110’ overall with room for 50 daysail passengers and 30 overnight guests. She is a great platform for onboard education.  We are looking to purchase this schooner and bring her to Lake Superior.  We would rename her Algonquin, after a vessel that was brought to the lake in 1842.

With the schooners Abbey Road and Algonquin, we will be able to:

  • Extend our programs to more communities,

  • Support more groups that cater to kids,

  • Provide area schools two platforms for S.T.E.A.M. educational programs,

  • Increase environmental awareness & stewardship of Lake Superior,

  • Present historical interpretations,

  • Feature job opportunities in maritime trades,

  • Help kids become leaders, and

  • Have a positive impact on tourism.

We know that bringing a Tall Ship to Lake Superior will not cure cancer, feed the hungry, or house the homeless, but our hope is that kids who sail with us will be inspired to do great things in the future because they were able to see the world and themselves a little differently from the deck of a schooner.


How Can You Help?

How can you help kids experience great adventures, make amazing discoveries (often about themselves), and become good stewards of Lake Superior?


Become a Plank Owner

We are seeking "Plank Owners" to help us purchase the Mystic Whaler, recommission her as the Algonquin, bring her to Lake Superior and fund scholarships to take kids sailing. Plank Owners will receive appreciation gifts, invitations to exclusive events, special recognition and sailing opportunities that vary depending on the level of giving.

Corporate Sponsorship

Whether It’s Through Monetary Gifts, In-Kind Donations Or Volunteering, Our Corporate Partners Play A Vital Role In Supporting The Operation And Experiential Education Programs Of Lake Superior Tall Ships.

We can Tailor Partnerships To Meet The Goals Of Each Corporate Sponsor While Also Meeting Our Mission.


Your Volunteer Contribution Will Make A Difference. Whether You're Able To Help With A Single Event Or You Have The Time To Assist On A Regular Basis, A Rewarding And Invaluable Experience Awaits You.

Currently Our Volunteer Positions Are Primarily Land Based, And Include:

  • Assisting With Fundraising

  • Helping With Events

  • Committee Work

In The Future We Will Need Volunteers To Fill Positions Such As:

  • Shipboard Educators

  • Boat Maintenance Crew

  • Sailing Crew

Please contact Gordon Ringberg at sail@lakesuperiortallships.org to learn how your donation, sponsorship or volunteerism will help kids experience great adventures, make amazing discoveries (often about themselves), and become good stewards of Lake Superior.

Take A Trip Back In Time! The 1st Annual Bayfield Classic Boat & Schooner Rendezvous

Join Us September 7-9, 2018 and Immerse Yourself in Lake Superior’s Maritime History at the  

The 1st Annual Bayfield
Classic Boat & Schooner Rendezvous

Lake Superior Tall Ships has invited beautiful classic boats & schooners from around the region to rendezvous at the Bayfield City Dock for your viewing pleasure.  Boats invited to participate include:

  • Abbey Road, a 52' Bluewater Vagabond Staysail Schooner, built in 1989
  • Quickstep, a 45' Topsail Schooner, 1955
  • Hjordis, the North House Folk School's 50' Flagship
  • Huloa, a 36' Bluenose Junior Schooner, 1939
  • Rosemary Ruth, a Tom Colvin 40' Pinky Schooner, 1981
  • Manitou, a 33' Acadia Ketch , 1968
  • Mara, a 28' Kings Cruiser Sloop, 1956
  • Journey, a 51' Steel Gaff Rigged Schooner, 1985
  • Small boats will be displayed at the Bayfield Maritime Museum


Boats will be arriving throughout the day on Friday and the public is invited to Meet & Greet the Crews on the Bayfield city dock from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Visitors are welcome to stroll the docks all weekend and Experience the dynamic nautical history of Bayfield, the Apostle Islands and Lake Superior at the Bayfield Maritime Museum, the Bayfield Heritage Museum and the Madeline Island Museum.

The Northland College Voyageurs will be performing on the dock from 10am to Noon on Saturday. The highlight of the day will be a Boat Parade from 1–3pm in front of Bayfield — cover your ears when the cannon salutes!  Stop by the Bayfield Carnegie Library afterwards to browse their selection of nautical books then stay for the documentary "Maidentrip" at 4:30.    

Larry Carpenter will perform Sea Shanties and Traditional Music from 7–9pm in the Ferry Terminal. Then the sky will light up with a Demonstration of the use of Marine Flares by U.S. Coast Guard Station Bayfield on the dock at 9:30pm.

The visiting boats will be departing at various times on Sunday.  Be on watch for two or more boats casting off at the same time as an impromptu race may be about to begin!

There is no admission fee to stroll the dock, visit the Bayfield Museums or browse the library.  However free will donations for the participating organizations are greatly appreciated.

Participating Organizations

Event Sponsors