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Niagara Captain and Crew Nearing Sail Season

Captain Billy Sabatini has had a busy winter as he works with the crew and volunteers to get the ship ready to sail again.
March 26, 2014 - During the winter months, the captain and crew of the Brig Niagara don't stop working.

They've spent the last few months preparing for the upcoming sailing season behind the scenes.

Everyone knows the saying, a place for everything, everything in it's place.

That's a perfect description of the rig room below the Erie Maritime Museum -- scattered with rigging, paint, tar and more rigging.

It may look messy, but Captain Billy Sabatini knows just where everything is.

Sabatini and his crew, plus volunteers, have spent countless hours maintaining the ship and serving the rigging.

The ships winter cover is still on, and will stay on until around April 5th when the pieces to the puzzle will be assembeld to get the ship back in sailing form.

One of those major pieces is bringing six miles of rigging on board.

If you want to sign up for a day sail, they start June 1st.

Check out www.flagshipniagara.org/sail for more information.
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