BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - The Buffalo Maritime Festival is underway and the center of attention will be two majestic tall ships that sailed into town Thursday. Buffalo’s rich nautical history is being celebrated this weekend at Canalside with the inaugural Buffalo Maritime Festival.
It’s a festival that has been three years in the making, with tall ships coming in each year and the amount of people that came out to see them, the idea for the event was born.
Erie County Harbor Development Corporation President Thomas Dee said, “We've always had one ship come in, several different ones have come in through the years, and its been wildly accepted by the public. The public will come down here over the weekend, you'll see a parade of people just to see the ships.”
The stars of the first festival will be the Lynx and the Peacemaker. The Lynx is a War of 1812 replica schooner. The ship’s captain describes what the original ship’s job was during the war.
Lynx Captain Stefan Edick said, “Two hundred years ago Lynx was a blockade runner, meaning that she ran goods past the British blockade in order to keep our home fires burning. She also interfered a little bit with enemy commerce, but that wasn't her primary role. Vessels like this did disrupt English shipping worldwide, especially in the Atlantic.”
The Peacemaker is an American Barquentine ship and its large deck house and spacious cabins, finished in mahogany, are modeled after the interior of the British Clipper ship, the Cutty Sark.
General Admission for the Maritime Festival, that runs through Sunday, is free. If you would like to tour the Lynx or Peacemaker, Friday is the day. Tours begin on both ships at 10 a.m. Admission for the tours run $6 and $4.
For a list of all the events and times for the festival, visit BuffaloMaritimeFestival.com.
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