Hey you guys!! Holy Mary Mother of God, Look at that… the tall ships are coming!!!

A couple of weekends ago, an armada of tall ships descended upon Duluth for the Tall Ships Duluth festival.  I photographed their arrival for the Duluth News Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio.  Throughout their time here, I could not stop thinking of various “Goonies” phrases.  The two that came to mind the most were Sloth’s infamous “Hey you guys!!!” and the Sheriff remarking “Holy Mary Mother of God, Look at that…” at the end of the movie when One-Eyed Willie’s ship finally finds the open sea.

The event was a big deal for the city.  Two years ago, three tall ships came to Duluth and so did an estimated 125,000 people to see them.  Many waited hours in line to get a tour and if you weren’t in line by 10 a.m., chances are you weren’t getting on the ship.  At one point, the line to tour the ships stretched over a mile.  The problem was much less of an issue this year since there were nine ships instead of three.

During their five days in Duluth, they were the talk of the town.  Whether it was the traffic, the crowds in Canal Park or the constant reminders of one of cinema’s greatest movies of all time in the Goonies, the tall ships left an impression on everyone.

The U.S. Brig Niagara sails through the Duluth ship canal toward the Aerial Lift Bridge during the start of the Tall Ships Duluth festival.

James Smith reaches for some oil to apply to the Pride of Baltimore's mast while the entire crew performed general maintenance on the ship ahead of Duluth, Minnesota's tall ships festival. The ship was docked at Loon's Foot Landing in Superior, Wisc.

Chief Mate Alan Morse sands near the bow of the Pride of Baltimore II while it was docked at Loon's Foot Landing in Superior, Wisc.

People get out their cameras and photograph the Pride of Baltimore II as it sails through the Duluth ship canal toward the Aerial LIft Bridge.

The U.S. Brig Niagara approaches the Aerial Lift Bridge through the Duluth ship canal during the start of the Tall Ships Duluth festival.

People line the roof of the Paulucci Building before the start of the Tall Ships Duluth festival.

The U.S. Brig Niagara approaches the Duluth ship canal on its way toward the Aerial Lift Bridge during the start of the Tall Ships Duluth festival.

Helicopters fly by the U.S. Brig Niagara during its entry under the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, Minn.

Lili Carranza (left) uses her brother Jack Carranza (right) as a prop for taking a photo of the approaching HMS Bounty as it neared the Aerial Lift Bridge during the start of the Tall Ships Duluth festival.

Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge can be seen behind the sails and masts of the U.S. Brig Niagara during the Tall Ships Duluth festival in Duluth, Minn.