Alpena’s Riverfront Comes Alive


The U.S. Brig Niagara
The U.S. Brig Niagara

ALPENA, MI – The tall ship The U.S. Brig Niagara is docked in the Thunder Bay River in Alpena.

Take a stroll along the riverfront in downtown Alpena and you can take a tour of The U.S. Brig Niagara.

It only costs $5.00 to take the tour.  You can learn the history of this beautiful tall ship.  Many local residents of Alpena and tourists to the area have already been taking advantage of this ship tour.

Coming from Erie, Pennsylvania with stops in Ohio and the Georgian Bay on the east side of Lake Huron, the tall ship U.S. Brig Niagara, is currently located just south of the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary.

The U.S. Brig Niagara is a two-masted, square-rigged sailing vessel. In 1813, she had a crew of 155 men and boys who manned her sails, 18 carronades and two long guns. The crew was organized into two watch sections (port and starboard) for routine duties while underway.

The current Niagara, the third reconstruction of the original vessel, was launched in Erie in 1988, the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie. Niagara sails the Great Lakes, preserving and interpreting the story of the Battle of Lake Erie, and acting as an ambassador in her capacity as the flagship of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As a Sailing School Vessel, her crew of professionals and trainees actively preserve the skills of square-rig seamanship.

You can also take a look at The Pride of Michigan which is also docked in front of the Niagara.  The Pride of Michigan is the 80ft US Naval Sea Cadet training vessel of the Great Lakes Division.

The Great Lakes Division Sea Cadet program provides real life experience in maritime and underwater exploration and training.  With highly qualified staff aboard the Research / Training Vessel, Pride of Michigan and support craft, professionally led missions are conducted throughout the Great Lakes system.

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