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: email@example.com.
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 )
The weather was not cooperating with us this year. The day started off with the wind topping off around 40 knots. It settled down to an easy 20-30 knots by the time the event started. People still came though to see Santa on the ship and enjoy all the fun crafts and activites in the museum. I think it is testament to the people of Erie that you will still come out to an event in that kind of weather. Our volunteers also were there in large numbers to make sure the event went well. We even had one of our volunteers celebrate his 16th birthday with us that night. In case you missed it take a look at these pictures:
The last forecast I saw had 2-4 inches of snow in it for the Erie Waterfront. I guess that means that summer is finally over. Luckily, we got the winter cover on before the snow came down.
Pat, Rob and Isaiah have been working to get the rest of the small pieces of the cover put in which hasn’t been too bad so far but as the wind had increased
the temperature has been dropping. Tomorrow there will be snow and they will be outside seizing off the Main Shrouds. We will most likely be working outside for another 2 -3 weeks until eveything is finally ready for winter. So, think warm thoughts for your friends down here on the US Brig Niagara.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
As promised there has been some changes to the schedule and here they are.
I have also changed the schedule in the previous posts as well.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
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