Volunteer raises money via Facebook to keep Brig Niagara sailing

There are 14 comments on the GoErie.com story from Mar 30, 2009, titled Volunteer raises money via Facebook to keep Brig Niagara sailing. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Supporters of the U.S. Brig Niagara are using a modern fundraising tool to keep the old ship afloat.

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Niagara Fan

AOL

#1 Mar 31, 2009
Here is the link to Facebook's cause page" Flagship Niagara - Don't Give Up the Ship!

http://apps.facebook.com/causes/254068/320431...

Since: Sep 08

Wooster, OH

#2 Mar 31, 2009
It would be easier to just sink it!
bingo

Peapack, NJ

#3 Mar 31, 2009
Sink the old tub!
bakerbrig

Erie, PA

#4 Apr 1, 2009
Great information for Erie people and folks all over Pennsylvania about our State Flagship.
A word of caution, there will be many "idiot" posts by children... They like to play, but their one-line jabs sould not be addressed as serious commentary from interested adults.

“Don't Give Up The Ship”

Since: Jan 09

Erie, PA

#5 Apr 1, 2009
All friends of the good ship Niagara. I've put this up on the TogetherWeServed (Navy) site to pass the word out to our Active, Seperated and Retired Profesional Sailors. I hope this helps, at least a little.

US Navy Chief
Don't Give Up the Ship!

Since: Sep 08

Wooster, OH

#6 Apr 1, 2009
The Erie Brig Niagara is a money pit. It doesn't bring any revenue into the area. The only people interested in keeping it alive are the old nerds that volunteer because they have no life. Please give up the ship!
Paul

Maryville, TN

#7 Apr 1, 2009
thats amazing
Issy Lawrie

Erie, PA

#8 Apr 1, 2009
The Brig Niagara is a living, working, sailing piece of world history. She is a tremendously valuable asset for Erie. This is her home port where she has been rebuilt, and is meticulously and authentically maintained. Sailing this ship puts you out on the water with only the power of the wind, just as she was in the War of 1812, and is the experience of a lifetime. I know the local, national and world community will show their support for the Niagara. Don't give up the ship.
One Eyed Willie

Erie, PA

#9 Apr 1, 2009
Can anyone tell me why years ago (20+) that the Brig used to be located down towards the Dock on State Street? I am curious as to why to was there instead of in the water? I was young then, but I remember going there to walk around it and down inside it as well. Was it due to money constraints?

Since: Sep 08

Wooster, OH

#10 Apr 1, 2009
One Eyed Willie wrote:
Can anyone tell me why years ago (20+) that the Brig used to be located down towards the Dock on State Street? I am curious as to why to was there instead of in the water? I was young then, but I remember going there to walk around it and down inside it as well. Was it due to money constraints?
In my opinon it should be put back there. It would probably gain more revenue by giving tours of the ship on land. Even better they should turn it into a bar. That would be a real money maker.
Christine Parker

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Apr 1, 2009
One Eyed Willie wrote:
Can anyone tell me why years ago (20+) that the Brig used to be located down towards the Dock on State Street? I am curious as to why to was there instead of in the water? I was young then, but I remember going there to walk around it and down inside it as well. Was it due to money constraints?
Probably money constraints led to that. Niagara had been rebuilt as a Works Projects Administration effort around 1938. That rebuild was partial and not complete, to my knowledge. Over the years she was neglected more and it was decided that she was not seaworthy. Thus they decided to put her on display on the shore. Gradually, with the rain and snow in winter, the wood rotted.
This would be a great danger to any wooden boat on the Great lakes.
bingo

United States

#12 Apr 1, 2009
Niagara Fan wrote:
Here is the link to Facebook's cause page" Flagship Niagara - Don't Give Up the Ship!
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/254068/320431...
SPAM!
BeckyKnapp

Stow, OH

#13 Apr 1, 2009
Issy Lawrie wrote:
The Brig Niagara is a living, working, sailing piece of world history. She is a tremendously valuable asset for Erie. This is her home port where she has been rebuilt, and is meticulously and authentically maintained. Sailing this ship puts you out on the water with only the power of the wind, just as she was in the War of 1812, and is the experience of a lifetime. I know the local, national and world community will show their support for the Niagara. Don't give up the ship.
Absolutely. You're completely right. This ship is, as you said, living, sailing history. It makes history come alive, especially for young people.
Carrie Ott

Meadville, PA

#14 Apr 4, 2009
The Niagara is a beautiful ship, and I think that most of the Erie population (as well as others) would be crushed if she stopped sailing. I know I would be. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to sail on a ship like Niagara, and I was planning to sail in the 2010 season, but that is up in the air now. We can only pray that people will rally together to support such a valuable piece of the region's history. I might not have graduated from high school yet, but I will definitely give all I can to help keep the legacy of Flagship Niagara alive. I hope others will do the same.

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