News Photo by Nicole Grulke

Spectators watched as the U.S. Brig Niagara arrived in Alpena Thursday afternoon, and tied-up behind the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in the Thunder Bay River. The ship will be open for public tours June 28-29, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission for tours is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

The Niagara is the reconstructed relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry during the Battle of Lake Erie, a decisive naval engagement in the War of 1812, which was fought in the Western end of Lake Erie. The modern tall ship serves as a sailing school vessel and as the flagship of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Flagship Niagara League is a 501 (C) 3, non-profit educational associate organization of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, chartered to facilitate citizen participation and operation of the U.S. Brig Niagara and its homeport, Erie Maritime Museum.

For more information on the Niagara, visit, or call (814) 452-2744 ext. 214.