Sea History 146 - Spring 2014

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US Brig Niagara Seeking Summer 2014 Trainees US Brig Niagara, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, is currently accepting applications for trainees for the 2014 sai ling seaso n . Trainees sign on for three weeks and will sail the waters of Lakes Erie, Huron, and Michigan. As trainees, they will serve as apprentice crew members, living and working aboard ship, learning square-rig seamanshi p both underway and at the dock. Trainees participate fu lly in all aspects of the life and work of the regular crew. This work includes both the romantic and the commonplacesetting and st riking sai l (which includes working aloft), washing dish es, painting and varnishi n g, giving deck tours, steering by compass in twilight, and charging along under a quartering breeze. Niagara do es n ot take passengers-she m akes mariners. A trainee berth includes room and board , whether th e ship is underway or in port. Life on board is somewhat spartan, but no more so than a camping trip. Trainees sleep in hammocks and stow all their gear in a sea b ag. The galley provides three meals a d ay, a ll cooked on a woodburning stove . Niagara is the reconstructed relief fl agship of Commodore O liver Haza rd Perry from t he Battle of Lake E rie, a pivotal battle during the War of 1812. Today she operates as a USCG-certified Sai ling School Vessel, sailing the Great Lakes as an ambassador of the Commonwealth of Pennsylva nia. Niagara's trainee program is intended for h ealthy adults ages 16 and up. For details, visit their we bsite www.flagshipniaga or contac t the director of marine operations, Joseph Lengieza, at 814 452-2744 ext. 214, or by em ai l: m ari neops@ flagshipn (Flagship Niagara League & Erie Maritime Muse um, 150 Eas t Front Street, Er ie, Pa 16507; www.flags


Like no other! • Marvel at the life-size sculpture of Wyoming • Tour Bath Iron Works Buying, selli ng and restoring nautical antiques helps to preserve our marine heritage. The models and nautical items that I find are part of that heritage. They should be preserved and passed down through generations. We scou r the countryside looking for quality items so that you can enjoy th em and help preserve our sea history. Pond Models

Nautical Art

Antique Ship Models

Builders' Half Hulls

Ships in Bottles

Navigational Instruments


Model Restoration

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• Explore the Percy & Small historic shipyard • Take a lighthou se cruise on the Ke nne bec • Go aboard and below de cks on a fishing schooner • Visit the Victori an home of a Bath family in 1892

• New Blacksmith Shop Exhibit Coming in Summer 2014



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