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.
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.