This weekend we went to Buffalo’s waterfront to see the tall ship that came into town – it was the S.S.V. Niagara from Erie, PA, which was a replica of the USS Niagara that was built for the war of 1812. It launched on July 4, 1813 and played a key role in defending Lake Erie coastline from the British. In 1820 it was sunk for preservation on Presque Isle. When we visit Presque Isle this summer we saw the monument dedicated to United States Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (August 23, 1785 – August 23, 1819). For a small fee you could take a tour of the S.S.V. Niagara. A lot of students were on board to answer questions. They sailed with the ship to Buffalo and can sleep in the below, very tight, quarters. There certainly were a lot of ropes! I guess they were a weak point during war as the enemy would try to take out your sail to disable your ship. But back to the ropes – you certainly would need to know how to tie a correct knot and be able to climb pretty high to maintain the sail structure! Most of the pictures taken on deck had a rope since they were everywhere.