Category Archives: Pro Crew

Second Mate/Engineer David Goldman

     Goldie is coming into his 5th season in Niagara. He started off as an Able Seaman in 2008 and 2009. He came back in 2011 as a mate and engineer. He also has worked 3 winters here at the … Continue reading

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The 2013 Seasonal Crew has Arrived!!

     The first day of the season was on March 14th.  7 of the 17 seasonal crew are now here to add to the 4 full-time members of the pro crew.  These 12 plus our numerous volunteers who come down everyday will be the … Continue reading

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Sail Trainer of the Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     Captain Wesley Heerssen has been awarded the American Sail Traning Association’s Sail Trainer of the Year Award.  This is a big deal.  Of all the tall ship sailors in the country ASTA has chosen Wes to be the best of … Continue reading

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The Winter Cover is On!!!

On Saturday about 50 people were on hand to finish building the winter cover framing and strech the canvas over it.  We ended the day with the canvas on and lights working inside.  Thank you to all the people who … Continue reading

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Real Men Sew and Knit!

Here you can see Dylan and Matt, 2 of our OS’s, sewing whippings into some new topsail braces. And here you can see Isaiah, an AB, and the new intern knitting a new headrig net.

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Spring is Here! Due to Fair Weather Forecast, Niagara Crew to Uncover the Ship Early!

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 … Continue reading

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Collaboration with the Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies

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 … Continue reading

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An End and a Beginning

Today marks the end of the 2009 sailing season.  We will be down to only a couple seasonal crew left to help with maintenance.  The galley will stop operations and the crew will start living semi normal lives again.  We … Continue reading

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The Last Sail of the Season

OK, so I didn’t finish telling everyone who the crew is/was this year but they have all left for the most part.  I also didn’t update anyone on what we’ve been up to this summer.  Well, I apologize for that.  … Continue reading

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Able Bodied Seaman – Rocky Hadler

While working at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston as the Assistant Registrar Rocky started volunteering on the Barque Elissa which is a iron barque in Galveston, Texas.  Elissa is also where Captain Heerssen got his start in tall ships.  … Continue reading

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