Niagara ship remains home for most of the summer

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ERIE, Pa. - The summer voyage schedule of the US Brig Niagara, official flagship of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will visit ports on Lake Erie this summer.

Beginning in July, Niagara will set sail for the following ports of call:

* July 10-13, Cleveland’ HarborFest for Ohio bicentennial.

* July 18-20, Sandusky, Ohio bicentennial celebration.

* August 2-3, Buffalo, N.Y., Fleet WaterFest.

* August 4th, Port Colborne, Ontario, Canal Days.

* August 22-24, Sarnia, Ontario, American Sail Training Association Tall Ship Challenge 2003.

Purpose. Niagara will carry promotional material to encourage tourism and business development for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Erie region.

“Niagara has always been well received in the ports we visit,” said Rick Liebel, public relations director.

“During her last visit to Cleveland, the line to board her was almost 2 1/2 hour wait and according to the Cleveland Visitors Bureau, over 1 million people boarded and viewed her at HarborFest in 1999.”

Schedule. In addition to Niagara’s schedule, she will also host several Tall Ships over the July 4 holiday, including the INS Tarangini from the nation of India and the Pride of Baltimore II from Baltimore, Md.

As many as six Tall Ships could be in Erie as a hospitality stop.

Several of the vessels will not be open to the public, but can be viewed dockside.

These vessels will be in Erie from July 3 until July 6 before sailing to Cleveland in celebration of the Ohio bicentennial.

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