PORT COLBORNE – Sailing into Port Colborne for the 35th annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival Aug. 2 through Aug. 5 will be the Empire Sandy.
At 200 feet in length, with 11,000 square feet of sail, the Empire Sandy offers passengers the unique experience of sailing aboard an authentic Tall Ship. Wide expansive decks and spacious wood paneled lounges set the tone for a comfortable yet exhilarating experience.
Festival attendees will have a number of opportunities to sail on the Sandy. On Friday, Aug. 2 enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Erie.
Throughout the weekend, morning and afternoon cruises are available, along with a dinner cruise on Saturday evening and a fireworks cruise on Sunday evening.
Making its first journey to Port Colborne is the tall ship Schooner Liana’s Ransom, a Class B tall ship replica of an 18th century privateer schooner.
Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Liana’s Ransom moved on to warmer waters in the British Virgin Islands.
This gaff-rigged, square topsail schooner is typical of the types of ships that commonly sailed in the 1700’s and early 1800’s and carries 70 passengers.
The vessel boasts a one-of-a-kind experience for any passenger as it is fully outfitted with authentic feat that was used 300 years ago.
A sail aboard Liana’s Ransom is guaranteed to be a memorable one as the schooner is armed with four black powder cannons and guests can experience activities such as steering the ship, hoisting the sails and firing the cannons as part of their Canal Days cruise.
Throughout the weekend, morning and afternoon and evening cruises are available for $20.
Advance tickets for both the Empire Sandy and Schooner Liana’s Ransom are available through the Roselawn Box Office at 905-834-7572.
Tickets for the morning and afternoon cruises may be purchased daily at the ticket tent on West Street.
Tickets for the evening cruises are also available during the festival but must be purchased at City Hall. Tickets available during the festival are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Returning to the festival is the historic fireboat, the E.M. Cotter from the City of Buffalo, and the Canadian Coast Guard Research Vessel Limnos. Both vessels will be available for deck tours.
For more information visit www.portcolborne.ca/page/canal_days.
(Submitted by the City of Port Colborne)
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