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Historical Tall Ship Sails Into Buffalo For Tours

The Niagara, a tall ship replica of ship from the War of 1812's Battle of Lake Erie, arrives in Buffalo Friday morning for three days of tours at Canalside in Downtown Buffalo

The boat will be available for public tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until 6 pm, and will aslo conduct a public sailing tour on Monday from 1 pm to 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The sail tour is a day long class costing $100. 

From the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp:
On September 10, 1813, nine small ships—six of them, including Niagara, constructed in Erie, Pennsylvania—defeated a British squadron of six vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie. A pivotal event in the War of 1812, it secured the Northwest Territory, opened supply lines and lifted the nation’s morale.

At 198 feet long, The U.S. Brig Niagara (pictured here) is a two-masted, square-rigged sailing vessel, referred to as a "brig." She was launched in 1988 and completed in 1990. Niagara sails with a crew of 18 professional merchant mariners and up to 30 crew and trainees. She carries four 32-pounder carronades, which are fired during educational day sails and for historical demonstrations. Original 1813 timbers, which were recovered from the 1913 and 1933 reconstructions, are incorporated into her construction.

Public tours of the ship will be available at specified times during her visit, with tickets available to purchase dockside. Prices are: $7 for adults, $5 for children age 12 and under.

In addition to the Niagara, on Saturday the 12th, the Buffalo Maritime Center will be hosting an in-the-water display of classic and antique boats from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM at the same location.

A public Educational Sail Day will be offered on Monday, July 14, providing participants with an introduction to square rig and traditional seamanship .Sailing onboard NIAGARA is an unusual opportunity to experience the long-vanished world of the wooden square rigged sailing ship. You are stepping into a pre-industrial society, to see first-hand, and to lay your hands on, an ancient set of traditions. The ship is a wind and muscle powered machine full of the sights, sounds, and smells of maritime history. The underway experience gives some insight into the problems faced and challenges met by our forbears. Participants in the one day program receive frequent short talks explaining the various tasks and maneuvers performed by the crew. Hands-on participation is voluntary and typically limited to walking away with the halyards to hoist the topsails. This program is an introductory overview for the completely uninitiated. Day sail tickets are $100/person and can be purchased directly from the Brig Niagara’s website:

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