Commonwealth Awards $4.8 million to Flagship Niagara

- MAY 22, 2014-- 4.8 million dollars in funding from Pennsylvania will help keep the Flagship City's namesake on the water for decades to come. The Flagship Niagara will get some much needed repairs thanks to the funding that has been released by the state. Governor Corbett and PA's first lady were in Erie on Thursday to announce that over 4.8 million dollars will be coming from the Commonwealth's Capital Budget for improvements to the Brig Niagara. Corbett and his wife, Sue, say keeping this as an asset for tourism is valuable economically for Erie, and the history and lessons she holds are even more beneficial. The ship will get a complete re-build of its hull, the depth of the vessel will be expanded and the below-deck headroom will be increased to allow more functional use and will meet stability regulations. The new refit will improve her capabilities while keeping her historic appearance and authenticity alive. The ship has seen many band-aid fixes throughout the years but this will completely refit the ship. Construction is expected to begin no later than 2016 and should take about 15-18 months to complete, allowing her sails to remain a mark on Erie's horizon for decades to come.

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