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      Tall ships to depart

      The Peacemaker
      The tall ships in Marquette's Lower Harbor are setting sail for Duluth, Minnesota.

      The harbor was packed with people Sunday trying to catch their last glimpse of the ships. The Marquette Maritime Museum ran ticket operations all weekend and say that at least 1,500 people purchased tickets. The Denis Sullivan from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Marquette's own Coaster II offered boat rides around the harbor. Meanwhile, the tallest ship, the Peacemaker out of Burnswick, Georgia, was docked all weekend, offering tours.

      "It was very interesting. It's nice to see and actually be on something such as this kind of ship. Never been on one before, so I thought it was pretty impressive," said Phil Wilcox, visiting with his family from Plymouth, MI.

      The three ships are scheduled to leave either Sunday night or early Monday morning for a tall ship festival in Duluth. The Marquette Maritime Museum will know if more tall ships will visit Marquette next summer by February.