US Brig Niagara

Flagship of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Niagara is also the star “exhibit” when in homeport.

Niagara is a replica of the relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, victorious in a major naval battle of the War of 1812.  On September 10, 1813, nine small ships – six of them, including Niagara, constructed in Erie – defeated a British squadron of six vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie.  A pivotal event in the War of 1812, it secured the Northwest Territory, opened supply lines and lifted our nation’s morale.

The U.S. Brig Niagara is a two-masted, square-rigged sailing vessel.  In 1813 she had a crew of 155 men who manned her sails, 18 carronades and 2 long guns.  Today’s Niagara sails with a crew of 40 (16 professional & 24 volunteer/trainees), and carries four 32-pounder carronades.  Original 1813 timbers, which were recovered from the 1913 and 1938 reconstructions, are incorporated into her construction.

The U.S. Brig Niagara is available to tour year round when in port, with access limited at times due to necessary maintenance.  Please check this website to see if Niagara is in port and available to tour on the date you plan to visit, or call (814) 452-2744 ext 208.