US Brig Niagara


The US Brig Niagara was built in 1988, is 198 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

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After the War of 1812, the sailing ship Niagara was scuttled in Erie Harbor. In 1913, she was brought up and reconstructed. Between 1933 and 1943, another complete reconstruction took place. Masts and rigging were installed in 1963. By the mid 1980’s, time had again taken its toll on the ship. The Niagara was closed to the public due to severe deterioration. In 1988, a new Niagara was built that includes some original timber. This is the tall ship that comes to Duluth and is seen here
The US Brig Niagara arrived Duluth on August 18, 2016 (below)
The US Brig Niagara arrived Duluth on July 14, 2011 (below)
The US Brig Niagara arrived Duluth on July 31, 2008 (below)
The Niagara is about to enter the Duluth ship canal (below) when she arrived on July 31, 2008
The US Brig Niagara arrived Duluth on August 1, 2002,
On August 1, 2002, the US Brig Niagara arrived in Duluth. I was taking pictures not far from the edge of the roof of a building and was startled to hear and feel a loud boom and saw a sudden cloud of smoke arising from the side of the ship. Two more followed; it was like we were back in the War of 1812.
Shortly after the fireworks, she tied up at the DECC. At the time, and until 2016, I published a daily edition of the Duluth Shipping News in the summer and I sent Terry, who was working with me, over to the ship to deliver some papers. Terry not only delivered the papers but she gave some to the captain.
The next evening, I attended a reception aboard the ship that turned out to be about the best party I ever attended. It was held on the deck of the beautifully restored sailing vessel from the 19th century. It was a wonderful evening with all the food one could eat and beverage one could drink. We had an eager crew of 16 professional and 24 volunteer sailors seemingly available at every turn to answer questions and keep the party moving. There was even a band playing at the bow of the ship.
I was eating some shrimp (actually a lot of shrimp) and talking with some people when I became aware of a man on the other side of the deck who seemed to be looking right at me. He looked a little distinguished so I kept looking behind me to see who he might be looking at. Then, he started to move closer. He was looking at me! So I looked up at him. He smiled and said, ”You’re Ken Newhams and you do the Duluth Shipping News.” I said yes and as we were ready to shake hands, he introduced himself as John Beebe-Center, the captain of the Niagara. Obviously, Terry did a great job of talking about the DSN.
I talked him into doing a DSN promotional picture, showing his delight in my little newspaper. That is Ron Johnson from the Port Authority to his right.
On August 4th, I was over to say good bye; we were hoping they would raise the sails before departing, and we did get most of our wish. Including watching the crew climb all over the rigging getting her ready to depart in at least partial sail.

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