See photos of the U.S. Brig Niagara in Cleveland

The U.S. Brig Niagara is in Cleveland until Friday. (Laura Johnston, RocktheLake)

The remnant of the 19th century, the U.S. Brig Niagara stands stark against the 21st century skyline, 118 feet of mast and miles of rigging.

The Erie-based tall ship is docked near the William G. Mather steamship in Cleveland’s harbor for two days, as part of a two-week educational sail with 20 high school students.They work aloft, handle lines — “all the things that have to happen to man the ship,” said Chief Mate Chris Cusson.

See photos of the Niagara.

The students spent a few days at Put-in-Bay, where the original Niagara helped Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry win the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

You can’t board the two-masted, square-rigged war ship here, but you can at the Sandusky Festival of Sail July 12-15. You can also sail on the Niagara’s sister ship, the Lettie G. Howard.

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