ERIE, Pa. — With nine different vessels from around the world coming to Erie, each with a different story, we take a look back on the history of our own vessel – the U.S. Brig Niagara.
Many people have come to see the Flagship Niagara as it is docked at the Maritime Museum, but many don’t know its history and it is a special part of Erie’s founding.
The Niagara was built as a part of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s fleet during the War of 1812.
The ship was built in Erie’s port to prevent an attack from Britian during the war.
After the Battle of Lake Erie ended, the ships that were left from Erie’s naval base were scuttled in Misery Bay on Presque Isle for preservation.
The Niagara was then raised and rebuilt on the 100th anniversary of the victory of the Battle of Lake Erie.
The vessel was then replaced by a replica with pieces of the old ship which is what you see when you visit the maritime museum now.