Chief Mate’s Clipboard
The Flagship Niagara League, the Erie non-profit organization which supports the Flagship Niagara and the Erie Maritime Museum today announced an essay competition open to all Erie County area high school students. The competition, open to current 11th and 12th grade students from Erie County’s thirteen school districts and private schools, will ask students to reply to the following prompt: “Why Niagara Matters to Erie”. The winning student will receive a three week sailing passage on Niagara valued at $1,350. The five finalists will have their essays featured on the Flagship Niagara’s website and will receive complimentary passes for four people to the Erie Maritime Museum.
Students are asked to write an essay of approximately 500 words; single spaced with a 12 point font. They are to describe why they think that the Flagship Niagara is an important resource for Erie County and northwestern Pennsylvania. Writers are encouraged to learn more about the Niagara’s history and current goals by visiting the Flagship Niagara’s website at: http://www.flagshipniagara.org
The essays will be reviewed and judged by the Flagship Niagara League’s Education Committee. The contest will remain open until Friday, March 26th @ 5:00 p.m. EST. Essays are to be emailed to the following address: email@example.com
Judging will take place during late March and early April. The winner will be announced on: Friday, April 16th 2010.
The winner of the essay competition will have several three week windows to choose from during the 2010 sailing season (May-August).
Questions can be directed towards:
Mr. Bill Sutton, Executive Director
Flagship Niagara League
In an annual effort to prepare the Flagship Niagara for the summer sailing season, the ship’s volunteer crew will don their work clothes this Friday and Saturday, March 19th and 20th to remove the ship’s winter cover. Originally scheduled for removal on Saturday, March 27th, the project has been moved earlier due to the weather forecast for the next ten days.
Made of steel posts, wooden beams, and traditional canvas, the ship’s winter cover is designed to protect the ship during strong winter gales and heavy ice and snow. The volunteer and professional crewmembers will begin removing canvas at 11am on Friday, March 19, and will remove the cover’s framing on Saturday.
“This Saturday marks the beginning of the 20th sailing season for the Flagship Niagara, and we intend to celebrate it by sailing more, taking more people out on the water, and delivering our educational cargo to more people this year than ever before” said Capt. Wesley Heerssen. “To do this, we need to get the ship prepared for sailing earlier than ever before. This was an El Nino winter…shorter and milder than usual, and we intend to take advantage of the early spring. We’re going to uncover the ship this weekend with volunteers, then get the ship cleaned up for the seasonal crew to move onboard when they arrive in Erie next weekend. With any luck, we’ll only see a couple inches of wet snow in late March, which we’ll have to plod our way through, and then we’ll rig up the ship in time for sailing on April 29th.”
“The public are, as always, invited to volunteer as ship’s crew, and it’s never too late to get started. This Saturday, new and prospective volunteers are asked to show up at the rear entrance to the Erie Maritime Museum, directly at the dock, alongside the ship, at 9am. New volunteers should ask for the Chief Mate, Billy Sabatini, and he’ll get them signed up and started” said Capt. Heerssen.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
THE FLAGSHIP NIAGARA LEAGUE PROUDLY PRESENTS
TALL SHIPS ERIE 2010
WHAT: The first Tall Ships festival in Erie, Pa., in a decade!
WHEN: Thurs., September 9 through Sunday, September 12, 2010
WHERE: Dobbins Landing and the Erie Maritime Museum
WHO: The Flagship Niagara League will host a four-day Tall Ships festival in partnership with the Erie County Historical Society’s one-day Heritage Festival.
WHY: The Flagship Niagara League seized an opportunity to bring this breathtaking festival, which is unique to the Great Lakes region, to the Erie Bayfront in the fall of 2010. People from the tri-state region and beyond will enjoy four days of bayside sailing enjoyment and help to raise funds for the Flagship Niagara League, which maintains and operates Pennsylvania’s Flagship, the U.S. Brig Niagara.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: TBA, but activities will include public day sails, a parade of sail, school tours, public tours, free Erie Maritime Museum tours, private receptions, craft and food vendors, and musical entertainment.
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Erie students will have an opportunity to compete for trainee berths on Niagara this summer in a essay competition. Here is the press release for it:Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Here is the press release for our latest program that has been developed.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Here is the latest Sailing Schedule. We are leaving for the college consortium earlier than in the last schedule.
I have also changed the schedule in the previous posts as well.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 7 so far )
The first class of Winter Sail Training 2010 will be Saturday, Jan 30th. There are 35 people that will be taking part in the training including 26 people that signed up last Sat. during the Volunteer Orientation. The day was a great success. Between the new volunteers and our regular group that comes down we have around 60 people here. These are the kind of numbers we want to see every weekend from now on. Thank you all who came down. We were able to get a lot of work down very quickly with that kind of workforce and we were on TV.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
This Saturday will be the start of this years Winter Sail Training beginning with a new volunteer Orientation. If you or anyone else is interested in joining out volunteer crowd come on down.
This is the advertisement that is going out on other websites and blogs.
If you’re age 16 or over, and interested in preserving history, sailing, or the great outdoors, then the US Brig Niagara, www.flagshipniagara.org, needs you! As the 2010 summer sailing season approaches, Erie residents and anyone from the tri-state area are invited to attend an orientation for new volunteers at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16th, 2010 at the Erie Maritime Museum, 150 East Front St, Erie, PA.
|Our course will focus on the fundamentals of square-rig seamanship and the volunteers will directly apply those skills in fitting-out the ship for sailing in May|
New volunteers may sign up to join our well-trained volunteer crew to help maintain and learn to sail the ship. Niagara volunteers form an invaluable part of the ship’s sailing crew each summer. They receive sail training during the winter and provide continuity from year to year, which helps whenever new volunteers and trainees join the ship.
“During the dark winter months, Niagara is an upbeat place where volunteers can come to find a special camaraderie with shipmates that stems from their mutual pride in caring for the ship. Niagara is a famous icon of Erie, with a story of great national significance. Her preservation and operation go hand-in-hand with the proper interpretation of her history. Has there ever been a more important time to consider the significance of our history and decide to preserve such a tremendous educational tool as Niagara?” said Captain Wesley Heerssen.
New volunteers are invited to attend a sail training course (at no cost), which includes hands-on training in the museum’s rigging loft, and on the full-scale indoor model of Niagara’s Topgallant mast. The course begins with the orientation on January 16th and continues on alternate Saturdays through April 24th.
While the course is free, the Niagara relies on volunteer service to maintain the ship. Volunteers are invited and encouraged to help sail Niagara in the summer months as their availability permits. “Our course will focus on the fundamentals of square-rig seamanship and the volunteers will directly apply those skills in fitting-out the ship for sailing in May,” said Captain Heerssen.
Sign up for Orientation no later than Thursday, January 14th by calling Julie Wagner in the Erie Maritime Museum office at 814-452-BRIG, extension 222.
Would you be interested in a one-day coach trip to Put-in-Bay, Ohio, to see the island from which Oliver Hazard Perry’s fleet launched the Battle of Lake Erie?
The daytrip would coincide with Niagara’s visit to Put-in-Bay in late May. It would be a unique opportunity to see our ship at that historic location.
We’d depart Erie early in the morning so that we could spend most of the day touring the Perry Memorial area, having lunch, seeing related sights and stopping for dinner on the way home.
The cost would be under $100 per person for members. Round-trip bus service, transportation on the island, tour guides and admission would be included. Lunch and dinner would be the responsibility of participants.
Please indicate your interest by emailing your response by January 17 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll follow up with details if there is sufficient interest. Thanks in advance and Don’t Give Up the Ship!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Yesterday was the beginning of a collaboration with BCMS. The shipwright Bob Arlet gave a demonstration to 15 Erie School District high school students on how to steam bend frames for a boat. The t’gallant yards were then shouldered and brought over to the Bayfront Center by the students. The ship’s professional crew will be working with the Erie School District High School students starting tomorrow. Our goal is to dress the yards completely from sanding and varnishing to bending on the sails and all the work will be done by the students. We are all very excited to be working with the Bayfront Center on this project. This is a good opportunity for these students to see another aspect of the maritime world here in Erie. I hope that this is just the first of many collaborations between our organizations to utilise the wonderful waterfront maritime campus that we share.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
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