The Niagara College Consortium is underway – literally

Due to the wonders of modern technology we are able to connect all the readers of this blog to the nearly lost technology of sqaure rig seamanship.  We are currently sailing under all plain sail(jib, fore topmast staysail, maintopmast staysail, spanker, topsails and t’gallants) at 5 knots bound for Port Colborne on course 070 PSC. 

 The trainees all worked very hard to get ready to get underway this morning.  We worked all day yesterday loading out the ship.  We loaded so much that we had to take 2 of our guns off to make up the difference in weight.  We also got the chance to watch the finest movie on tall ship sailing last night.  In case you do not know, i am talking about Around Cape Horn.

We got underway this morning at 1032 and headed out into the lake.  We quickly set sail and drifted for a couple hours unitl the wind filled in.  The trainees have now been taught how to steer, stand lookout, haul on lines, tack, ware and of course do dishes.  Tonight will be their first night underway and also the first night underway for Niagara this season.  It has all the making of a beautiful night on Lake Erie.

Tomorrow the trainees will be going to Fort Erie after we arrive in Port Colborne.  Is there any better way to learn the history of a region than to sail to all the destinations on a ship that helped create that history?

About Billy Sabatini

I am the Chief Mate of the US Brig Niagara. I've been sailing on Niagara since 2005 and have held the position of Third Mate, Second Mate, Engineer and now Chief Mate. I am also a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and Tabor Academy and hold a 200 Near Coastal Master's License.
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3 Responses to The Niagara College Consortium is underway – literally

  1. Terry says:

    What a fantastic voyage and thrilling experience for all!! My daughter, Amanda, is on your ship somewhere! I bid her well!! May you have a fair wind!

  2. Tim and Debra Benner says:

    Our daughter Emily is also aboard and had been so much looking forward to this unique experience. Wish her a happy birthday on May 26th!

  3. Mary says:

    Bon Voyage!!
    Sounds wonderful.

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