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Niagara Arrives in Bayfield, WI

After hoisting the boats at Isle Royale yesterday, we shook out the reefs in the tops’ls and spanker, set most of the ship’s sail area before screaming down Lake Superior, close hauled on a northwest breeze of 15-20 knots. The … Continue reading

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A Note From The Captain

“All is well on board the US Brig Niagara. We have been sailing fast and mostly before the wind since we arrived on Lake Superior yesterday. FYI, the US Brig Niagara is the ship’s historically correct name, but she has … Continue reading

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Fast and Northward in Southeastern Lake Superior!

“July 10, 2011 14:57 My name is Luke Fakult, and I am a student going into the eleventh grade at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio. This is our school’s first year in the tall ship program, but I hope … Continue reading

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Day Two on The Great Lakes

“July 8th, 2011 1841 hours I am a member of the Alpha Watch on the Brig Niagara. It is our second full day out on the Great Lakes. We have learned a lot in this short amount of time about … Continue reading

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Prep School Consortium Set Sail

Earlier in the year, Mr. Chottiner and Mr. Nilsen gave a presentation to the school during assembly about a unique summer opportunity: a chance to “sail the high seas” with the Flagship Niagara. The Flagship Niagara is replica of an … Continue reading

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Here’s a Fantastic 2-min Promotional Video for Sail Training International

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The 2009 Sailing Schedule For Niagara is Published!

In 2009, the US Brig Niagara will be sailing out of her home port in Erie, Pennsylvania on several voyages to exciting destinations on the Great Lakes! We will also be flying the flag at home quite a bit in … Continue reading

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Learn How To Worm, Parcel, and Serve! (20 Min. Video)

The winter crew of the US Brig Niagara is busy right now making the new standing rigging (shrouds and stays) for the new foremast we are installing this winter! We’ll be booking trainee berths for next summer very soon, so stay … Continue reading

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2008 Fall Maintenance Work Party Schedule

Work Schedule October 25- December 31, 2008   Saturday, October 25: Depending on how many service-learning students and how many volunteers show up, we will work on the following in order of priority: 1.       Deckwash/ below-decks clean up 2.       Continue … Continue reading

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Tour the US Brig Niagara

Take a virtual tour of the US Brig Niagara, on deck and below! Senior Captain Walter Rybka guides you through a brief tour of the ship. Watch out, there’s low head-room! Many thanks to Professor John Chrisman and the Edinboro … Continue reading

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