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Tall Ships Author to Share Photos, Fair Winds and Sea Lore

May 6, 2010, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
University of Minnesota Duluth
Bohannon 90

Tall ships are in the wind, and seafarers and landlubbers alike can catch the wave of excitement when author Thad Koza, lecturer and photographer, presents Tall Ships: The Fleet for the 21st Century on Thursday, May 6, from 7 - 9 p.m. in Bohannon 90 on UMD campus.

Locals looking forward to this summer's armada of tall ships, expected in the Duluth/Superior Harbor the last week in July, will not have to wait long for a glimpse of life at sea. Koza, from Narragansett Bay in New Port, Rhode Island, is sure to spark the romance, showing slides of some of the 255 tall ships from his book, spinning tales of his adventures aboard the Christian Radich, the Mir, the Pride of Baltimore, the Europa, the Roseway, and several voyages he's made on them.

The event, part of Minnesota Sea Grant's 35th Anniversary celebration, is free and open to the public. Two SailAway tickets for a ride aboard the Denis Sullivan Tall Ship (for Saturday, July 31) will be given away at the lecture and slide show. [Parking for the event is available in the pay lot closest to Tweed, at meters, or on the avenues. Bohannon 90 is on the ground level near the statue of Sieur Duluth in Ordean Court.]

By coming to Duluth in May, Koza will be returning to the Lake Superior region, having spent his undergraduate college years at the University of Michigan. "I love the Great Lakes and look forward to seeing Lake Superior again," Koza said, recalling the circle tour he made with classmates.

Koza began gathering information for his book back in 1976 when tall ships came to New Port for the bicentennial. He wanted more information than his yacht club could provide, and soon found a niche that needed filling. He's been writing about tall ships and photographing them for the three decades since. "For tall ships to make it to the Duluth harbor is no easy feat; the Great Lakes are fraught with challenges, from navigation to piloting issues," he said.

In addition to the book, Tall Ships: the Fleet for the 21st Century, Koza's articles and essays have been published in Cruising World, Sea History, Classic Boat, and Traditional Boats & Tall Ships. There is a 2010 calendar and DVD, and his photographic credits include the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Op Sail '92, Eurosail '93, Sail Toronto 1994, Windjammer and Discovery magazine of Cathay Pacific Airlines.

The public is also invited to meet Koza at the Duluth Public Library on Friday, May 7 at 1 p.m. and at his book-signing at Northern Lights book store in Canal Park on Friday, May 7, from 4 5 p.m.

Minnesota Sea Grant's partners for the event include UMD School of Fine Arts and the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute.

View the informational flyer here.

Posted on April 21, 2010


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