Northland Uncovered: William A. Irvin

In this week’s Northland Uncovered we head inside the William A. Irvin to see how it transforms from a haunted ship into a tourist destination.

 “You can hear people walking; you can hear people talking, closing doors. it’s truly haunted. I personally have seen the young girl in the white dress walking through the hallways on the back of the boat,,”DECC Project Manager , Steve Rankila said.

 To whip the Irvin into shape for tourist season workers need to take on countless tasks.

“We take off those winter lines, we take off window covers that cover up windows in the front of the boat, we shine all of the brass which gets tainted throughout the year, we paint a lot of the floors,”said Rankila.

The goal of all this labor is great results. A handful of school groups have already signed up to tour the ship later this year and the and more than 300,000 people expected in Duluth for Tall Ships Festival.

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