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Niagara Day Sail 2012

“Few experiences are more rare and majestic than the opportunity to witness first-hand a tall ship under full sail.”

The U.S. Brig Niagara is a replica of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s victorious relief flagship during the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.  In the modern age, she operates as a US coast Guard certified Sailing School Vessel (SSV.)  Through Niagara’s various sailing programs, members of the general public can experience the golden age of sail in an immersive environment.

Public Sails

When Niagara is in her homeport of Erie, Pennsylvania, members of the general public can sign up to sail on-board.  Typical day sails include 4 hours of sailing on Presque Isle Bay and/ OR the open lake* (weather and time dependent*), history lectures and demonstrations. Participants must 12 years or older to sail on Niagara. Those between the ages of 12 to 16 yrs must be accompanied by an adult, and if in a group there must be one (1) adult for every five (5) minors.

What to Consider Before Sailing

Public Day Sail Students: Please read the “Day Sail Student Registration/ Waiver Form”, complete and submit the registration/ waiver form to us before your sail. The registration/ waiver form must be filled out completely, signed, and either emailed to, mailed to 150 E Front St, Erie, PA 16507, or faxed to us at 814.455.6760/ Attn: Day Sail Department

Day Sail Student Registration Form

For more information contact our Day Sail Department at 814.452.2744 ext 205 or

School Sails

As part of the Erie Maritime Museum’s commitment to outreach and education, Niagara offers educational sailing experiences to school groups, encouraging students to explore Erie’s maritime heritage and understand the science of sailing. Maximum capacity on-board: 60 day sail students, including teachers/ chaperones. Student groups 12 to 16 years old must have one (1) adult per five (5) students. For more information contact 814.452.2744 ext. 226 or

Corporate Sails

Niagara’s corporate sails offer a one of a kind team building experience for you and your employees.  Niagara’s structured curriculum builds cooperation by encouraging your employees to work together in a unique environment. For more information contact 814.452.2744 ext. 205 or

Niagara is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and administered and operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with the assistance of the Flagship Niagara League, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.  She acts as a sailing ambassador and representative of the Commonwealth.

Niagara is inspected by the United States Coast Guard as a Sailing School Vessel (SSV.)  Sailing School Vessels may charge tuition for participation in education programs, but are prohibited from carrying passengers for hire.  SSVs are built and certified to different regulations for design, construction, and safety standards than passenger vessels.

Sailing School Vessel Trainees (unlike passengers) learn a sailing related curriculum and are expected to be responsible and active participants in the sailing of the vessel.  While the ship, completed in 1990, has modern auxiliary power, navigation, and life-saving equipment, the working of the ship and the living conditions on-board are authentic.