BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – If you missed out on seeing the tallship Peacemaker last month, you have another chance to visit another great vessel this weekend.
The U.S. Brig Niagara sailed into Canalside Thursday afternoon and will be here through the weekend setting the stage for another fun-filled weekend along Buffalo’s waterfront.
This reconstructed relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Perry is usually berthed at Erie, Pennsylvania when it is not touring the Great Lakes. This two masted vessel, first launched in 1988, has some of the original 1813 timbers.
The mission of the ship and its crew is to preserve the “Battle of Lake Erie.” The Niagara was one of nine ships that defeated a British squadron during the battle on September 10, 1813, part of the War of 1812. It also serves as a sailing school.
“Oh, this is a really beautiful day out there. The wind wasn’t really the right direction. We had to motor the last little bit. We got to sail most of the time,” said Captain Walter Rybka after docking at Canalside.
You can tour the ship Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. There is a public sail Monday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under.
In addition to the ship, on Saturday, the Buffalo Maritime Center will be hosting an in-the-water display of classic and antique boats from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.