The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is taking steps to reopen the Flagship Niagara to the public.
According to a news release from the office of State Sen. Dan Laughlin, the PHMC is taking steps to “uncover” the Flagship Niagara and reopen it to the public.
Once the ship is uncovered, visitors will be able to view the ship from the dockside. The boat must be inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Flagship Niagara League.
The decision was made in light of the most recent updates to Pennsylvania’s mitigation measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Flagship Niagara’s League ability to find housing for their crew and volunteers in Erie.
The PHMC is currently working with the Flagship Niagara League to schedule the removal of the cover.
This news is another major step in our community’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Flagship Niagara played a pivotal role in the War of 1812 and as such is a key part of Erie’s history, as well as that of the state and the nation. This warship is a draw for historians, naval enthusiasts, as well as those who come just to marvel at its majestic beauty. It will be fantastic to see it reopened.State Sen. Dan Laughlin