An unexpected bit of maritime history is on the Duluth harbor for your viewing pleasure. At least it was unexpected to me. A Great Lakes Maritime Academy training vessel pulled into port right outside Great Lakes Aquarium this morning.
This is the 224-foot former Navy submarine surveillance ship Persistent, which is now T/S State of Michigan. Built it 1986, it was part of a series of 18 Stalwart-class T-AGOS vessels designed to tow sonar for tracking Soviet submarines. The fleet was decommissioned at the end of the Cold War.
Now this vessel is used to train future ship officers and engineers providing hands-on navigation experience. The students on board this ship could one day be at the helm of those red giants which pass under the Aerial Lift Bridge.
The two-month training cruise starts and ends in Traverse City, Michigan. But it’s only in Duluth until tomorrow morning. Consider taking a stroll on this perfect Duluth day to take a peek. No tours are available. But you can get right up close to it.