Pennsylvania’s Historical and Museum Commission delivered the Flagship Niagara to Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland this week.
During the sail training ship’s drydocking, the vessel will be surveyed, the hull will be cleaned and painted, and other routine maintenance will be performed.
The vessel, certified by the U.S. Coast Guard as a sailing school vessel, is homeported at the Erie Maritime Museum and offers a wide range of public and private educational sailing programs. The Niagara is a reconstruction of the ship that Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry led to victory during the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. One of the nation’s largest “tall ships” at 198′, the vessel first set sail in 1990.
Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of The Great Lakes Towing Company, operates a full-service shipyard specializing in new construction, repairs, and modifications of all types of workboats and barges.
GoErie.com grabbed some video of U.S. Brig Niagara Capt. Wesley Heerssen, Jr., and Great Lakes Towing Co. marketing director Jeff Thoreson talking about the required maintenance the Niagara will undergo as it is dry-docked at Great Lakes: