The Flagship Niagara isn’t expected on the bay anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean it’s a quiet time for staff members and volunteers.
Work is underway to inspect all of the riggings and look for areas of rot that can be fixed for the new season. Those repairs are considered routine this season, but sometime in the next few years, the Niagara will go through a complete ‘mid-life refitting’ so that the ship can entertain and educate for years to come.
Captain William Sabatini of the Flagship Niagara League tells us, “We are the flagship of the Commonwealth of PA and we go out and fly the flag of Erie and the Commonwealth of PA everywhere we go. So, we’re not only a goodwill ambassador, but we’re also a training program and we run one the best training programs in the entire country.”
The refit will be funded with $4.8 million from Harrisburg made available when Governor Tom Corbett was in office.
The Lettie G. Howard will be spending the season in Florida.