Author Archives: Alethea

Christmas Channel

By lunchtime on December 23rd—our last day of work before the holidays—I was convinced that I’d cursed us all. “Remember how I wrote that we’d get the channel off today?” I said to Amy, my fellow apprentice carpenter. We’d spend … Continue reading

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Icebreaker

We took advantage of today’s warm(er) weather to get back outside, and spent the morning breaking ice off the ship’s offshore lines and getting ready to pull our paint floats out of the water for the season. No matter what … Continue reading

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Spar Alley Shuffle

Most of our winter maintenance work happens on the lower two floors of the museum:  in spar alley, the carpenter’s workshop, and the rig shop. Things are always crowded, but once Niagara is downrigged and all of her supplies are … Continue reading

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Snow Days

Like almost everyone in Erie, Niagara’s winter maintenance crew spends a lot of time moving snow from one inconvenient place to another, only slightly less inconvenient, place. This morning, we cleared all of the weekend’s snow and ice from around … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree Ship

The Niagara and the Erie Maritime Museum get a little quieter in the winter, once the sailing season ends and the ship’s seasonal crew scatters. The winter maintenance crew is small—a few people working in the rig shop, a few … Continue reading

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Exploring the Great Lakes – July 21st

And thus the trip ended.  The crew weighed anchor and sailed off of the hook (again, one of the coolest and most uncommon things to do without engines) and took a short jaunt outside of Erie.  The wind was just … Continue reading

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Exploring the Great Lakes – July 20th

Today the Niagara set all of her sails.  Quite literally ALL of the sails, including a sail on the small boat cradled at the gunwhale.  Today was also the day that starboard watch had the opportunity to redeem itself from … Continue reading

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Exploring the Great Lakes – July 19th

Today was another day sail, which ended just in time as a storm came rolling through Cleveland and kept the Niagara docked for a couple of hours. But they were not hours wasted!  The crew popped over to our neighboring ship, the … Continue reading

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Exploring the Great Lakes – July 18th

CLEVELAND!  At around 0600 the Niagara docked in Cleveland, OH, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on one side and the sunrise on the other.  Also, the day before we had sailed off the dock at Put-In-Bay.  How cool … Continue reading

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Exploring the Great Lakes – July 17th

We are still docked at Put-In-Bay, but will be getting under way eventually.  This morning everyone got to go inside Perry’s Monument.  They went all the way to the tippy top and got the bird’s eye view of Put-In-Bay.  Again, it … Continue reading

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