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The Huron Jewel charts a new summer course

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DULUTH, MN -- This summer on the sea looks a little bit different for the crew aboard the Schooner, Huron Jewel.

Normally they would take guests on overnight cruises. This summer, however, the Huron Jewel crew had to make adjustments.

"It became apparent that we wouldn't be able to do the public trips because we can't do the social distancing on the boat because of the tight spaces," First Mate Julie Covert said.

Their new plan consisted of a 12 day journey across Lake Superior. They started in Drummond, Michigan and ended in Duluth on Sunday.

"We wanted to put smiles on people's faces because it's that kind of summer to go places rather than just stay home and pout," Captain Hugh Covert said.

The crew offered free deck tours at each location they made port, which is something a normal summer season would not have allowed.

This journey was also the Huron Jewel's first time sailing Lake Superior.

The crew said even though times are tough, they are hopeful for smooth sailing ahead.

The Huron Jewel sails away Tuesday morning.

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