The U.S. Brig Niagara has arrived at Canalside.  The Brig is being hosted by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation in partnership with Buffalo Place, Inc.  She is a reproduction of the relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry in a major naval battle of the War of 1812.
“We are thrilled to welcome the U.S. Brig Niagara, her captain and crew to Canalside,” said ECHDC Interim Chairman Sam Hoyt.  “Having the Niagara tied to our Central Wharf, in conjunction with Buffalo’s celebration of Navy Week and as a continuation of the War of 1812 bicentennial events, builds upon Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation’s emphasis on public accessibility to the waterfront and exciting things to do.”
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 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 its visit, with tickets available to purchase dockside.  Prices are: $6 for adults, $4 for children under age 12 and free for children under age four.
A public day sail will be offered twice on September 17.  This is a rare opportunity to experience the long-vanished world of the square-rigged sailing ship and see first-hand what life was like aboard a tall ship.  The ship is a wind driven and muscle-powered machine full of the sights and sounds of maritime history.  The Educational Day Sail on the Brig Niagara gives some insight into the life and adventures of those hard and hearty sailors. Day sail tickets are $85/person and can be purchased directly from the Brig Niagara’s website: http://www.flagshipreservations.com/
Tour/Day sail times are as follows:
Thursday 9/13/12 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Public Tours
Friday 9/14/12 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Public Tours
Saturday 9/15/12 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Public Tours
Sunday 9/16/12 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Public Tours
Monday 9/17/12 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Public day sail
Monday 9/17/12 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Public day sail
For more information regarding the U.S. Brig Niagara at Canalside, please contact Buffalo Place at (716) 856-3150.
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation is a subsidiary agency of Empire State Development Corporation whose vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty.