Category Archives: Summer 2015 Voyages

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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History Under Sail: This is Real Life

Recently I was approached by an older man who wished to inform me that history was dead. This could have been the beginning of a lively debate between me and what seemed to be a wayward passerby, but I didn’t … Continue reading

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Exploring the Great Lakes – July 16th

Today the Niagara reached her first stop, Put-in-Bay, Ohio (which is affectionately referred to as the “Key West of the Midwest” by the crew).  She sailed in with the pomp and circumstance that the Chief Mate demanded, complete with everyone’s … Continue reading

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Exploring the Great Lakes – July 14th

Today the Niagara got underway, filled with crew, apprentices, and high school trainees from Erie, Philadelphia, Maine, Minnesota, and Ohio, just to name a few.   The program, entitled “Exploring the Great Lakes” is making good to its name after a … Continue reading

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Exploring the Great Lakes – Introduction

“There is a witchery in the sea, its songs and stories, and in the mere sight of a ship, and the sailor’s dress, especially to a young mind, which has done more to man navies, and fill merchantmen, than all … Continue reading

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Environmental Science Field School, Part 9

Even after Niagara docked at the Erie Maritime Museum, the voyage finished, everyone lingered. There were seabags to empty, hammocks to stow, and gear adrift (the ship’s “lost and found,” collected throughout the voyage and stashed in a huge plastic … Continue reading

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