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Sturgeon Bay to Green Bay Sail Excursion – August 15
The Flagship Niagara presents the “Seamanship in the Age of Fighting Sail” education program, which will be conducted on board while sailing from Sturgeon Bay to Green Bay on August 15.
Healthy people ages 16 and up are invited to sail as students, and to learn first-hand, the history of Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory aboard Flagship Niagara in the Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813.
Learn how and participate in setting sail, ship handling and sailing evolution. Witness our professional crew conduct black powder demonstrations with Niagara’s famous “Great Guns” (32-pound cannonades). Join the crew as the Niagara sails into Green Bay!
Departure at 8:00am – sailing time is approximately 6-7 hours
The Flagship Niagara is inspected by the United States Coast Guard as a sailing school vessel, and as such, is prohibited from carrying passengers for hire. U.S. federal regulations for such vessels are different than those for passenger vessels. Sailing school vessels adhere to different design, construction and safety standards than do passenger vessels. Prospective participants must be aware of the following:
- Cost for the program, en route from Sturgeon Bay to Green Bay is $275/person.
- Sailing school vessel students learn a sailing related curriculum while on board and are active participants in the working and sailing of the vessel.
- All participants must be of sufficiently adequate health and physical condition to be ambulatory on a moving deck at sea (able to walk and climb stairs without the assistance of any person or device). Talk to your doctor about the trip if you are in any doubt.
- Ship’s capacity is 55 day-sail students.
- Includes an on-board lunch.
- All participants must be at least 16 years old.
- Must arrive 30 minutes prior to the above times to check in.
- Purchase of this ticket includes a one day festival admission ticket, good for any day.
- Need transportation from Green Bay to Sturgeon Bay? Bus transportation is available for $10. SEE MORE INFO
ABOUT THE FLAGSHIP NIAGARA:
- Flagship Niagara is the largest wooden-hulled sailing ship in America, which regularly takes the public on sailing trips.
- Served as the relief flagship for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, when he led a U.S. Navy squadron of nine vessels to victory over an opposing squadron of six British vessels during the Battle of Lake Erie, one of the most important and pivotal naval engagements in War of 1812.
- The Niagara is one of the last remaining ships from the War of 1812 (rebuilt entirely in 1988).
- Usually docked behind the Erie Maritime Museum in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania as an outdoor exhibit for the museum.
- Travels the Great Lakes during the summer months serving as the official flagship and sailing ambassador of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania when not docked.
- Vessel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of 1973 and was designated the official flagship of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Governor Robert Casey in 1988.
- The Niagara was constructed in three months during the spring of 1813 to seize control of Lake Erie and recapture Detroit from the British.
- Famous for Perry’s battle flag (“Don’t Give up the Ship”) and his immortal words, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours… two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop.”
- The Niagara was sunk for preservation in Erie harbor in 1820.
- Raised in 1913, it was rebuilt for the centennial of the Battle of Lake Erie and traveled the Great Lakes to commemorate her famous victory in the War of 1812.
- After deteriorating, restoration of the Niagara was started again in the 1930s, but was hampered by the lack of funds caused by the Great Depression and remained uncompleted until 1963.
- A complete restoration was carried out in 1988 in which most of the original ship was found unfit for sea-going service, and select pieces were placed into a new construction.