Lettie G. Howard to Sail in Erie in Collaboration with Flagship Niagara League
The South Street Seaport Museum is pleased to announce an exciting new program opportunity for our beloved schooner Lettie G Howard – later in 2018 she will voyage to Lake Erie, embarking on an 2018-2019 programmatic collaboration with U.S. Brig Niagara and the Erie Maritime Museum.
In May, Lettie will voyage via the Erie Canal—expanding the Seaport Museum’s celebration of the Canal’s bicentennial—and offer regular programming out of Erie, PA. In Erie, Lettie will offer day programs to the community, school groups, and museum visitors, while Niagara makes her training voyages within the Great Lakes. In 2019, a semester program is planned in which Lettie will voyage south along the Atlantic Coast to the Caribbean Sea with high school students.
Combining their efforts, the two museums will offer programming aboard Lettie both in Lake Erie and in the Atlantic and Caribbean. She will be back at South Street periodically during these voyages, and will have regular opportunities for our volunteers and members to sail aboard. Stay tuned as these opportunities are developed.
Continuing Lettie’s voyaging program and joining forces with our partners in Erie is a win for both organizations and for the vessel. As the Seaport Museum focuses its efforts on repairs from Hurricane Sandy, restoration of the lightship Ambrose, full activation of the ship Wavertree, and capital projects to bring the Museum back to full public access, Lettie will be actively sharing our mission in Lake Erie and the Atlantic Basin. Upon her return to South Street, she will once again offer her renowned and award-winning programming in New York and farther afield.
This collaboration is one of two important initiatives South Street Seaport Museum will undertake in 2018 related to the Erie Canal Bicentennial, each of which will have one of our vessels voyaging in the Erie Canal corridor. The 1930 tug W.O. Decker will embark on a four-month voyage in collaboration with the Corning Museum of Glass, celebrating 200 years of the Erie Canal and 150 years of glassmaking at Corning, NY. Expect Decker back at South Street in September.
Click the Button Below to visit the Flagship Niagara League homepage and learn more about sailing opportunities aboard Lettie G. Howard in Erie
Our beloved Lettie G. Howard is one of few surviving examples of the fishing schooners once in wide use in the North Atlantic. She is a rare beauty with classic fishing schooner lines, turning heads wherever she goes, and is a designated National Historic Landmark. After an active life in the fisheries of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Lettie arrived at South Street Seaport Museum in 1968. In 1994, after an extensive two-year rebuild that restored her to her original appearance, she was certified as a Sailing School Vessel by the U.S. Coast Guard and began a new career carrying students of all ages on life-changing voyages.
In 2013 she turned 120 years old and she’s as beautiful now as she was when she first slid down the ways at Essex, Massachusetts in 1893. In celebration of this milestone and with an eye to the future of this living artifact, South Street Seaport Museum undertook a capital campaign to raise funds for critical repairs and restoration—most significantly her keelson, a structural element that runs from stem to stern. Projects of this size and scope are periodic needs in the maintenance of historic ships.
This project in particular brought Lettie back into service as a Sailing School Vessel, and working in collaboration with New York Harbor School, it ensured her place in the lives of generations of student-sailors to come.