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The U.S. Brig Niagara, home-ported in Erie, Pennsylvania, is a replica of the relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. She is the embodiment of the dual mission of the Erie Maritime Museum and the Flagship Niagara League: She is both a historical artifact and a vehicle for sail training, an experiential learning process that preserves the skills of square-rig seamanship.
The Niagara is a two-masted, square-rigged sailing vessel. It is the third reconstruction of the original vessel and launched in 1988 commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie. She sails the Great Lakes, preserving and interpreting the story of the Battle of Lake Erie, and acting as ambassador in her capacity as the flagship of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.