SANDUSKY - National City is sponsoring the return of the U.S. Brig Niagara a replica 1813 tall warship to the dock in downtown Sandusky. The ship will arrive about 3 p.m. today.
While the Niagara is on display at the Erie Maritime Museum in Erie, Pa., for most of the year it sails to other Great Lakes ports during the summer months. While docked in Sandusky, public tours, which cost is $5 per person, will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
Children age 5 and under will be admitted free.
The Niagara, built in 1988, is a reconstruction of the warship aboard which Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry won the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813 during the War of 1812. It is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and operated with the support and cooperation of the Flagship Niagara League.
Its primary mission is to present living history with programs and tours to preserve the skills of square-rig seafaring and to interpret War of 1812 history.
Albert Tegel, market president for the Firelands district of National City, urges everyone to come to downtown Sandusky to tour the ship.
"The Niagara's visit to Sandusky offers us a great opportunity to see a part of our country's history while touring the ship and learning about the crew's Spartan living conditions and some intriguing maritime history," he said.
The U.S. Brig Niagara is inspected by the United States Coast Guard as a sailing school vessel. It has auxiliary propulsion engines and modern navigation equipment, but lacks modern amenities such as warm water, showers, and privacy.