Senator Dan Laughlin welcomed news today that the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) is taking steps to “uncover” the Flagship Niagara and reopen it to the public.
“As you all know, the public health landscape has been rapidly changing. The approach outlined in our public response was one developed between PHMC and the Flagship Niagara League (FNL) in early April,” wrote PHMC Executive Director Andrea Lowery in a letter to Senator Laughlin, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and state Representative Ryan Bizzarro. “However, in light of the most recent updates to the state’s mitigation measures and Flagship Niagara League’s ability to find housing for their crew and volunteers in Erie, the PHMC and FNL agree that the ship can be uncovered. We are currently working with the FNL to schedule the removal of the cover.”
Once uncovered, visitors will be able to view the ship from the dockside. However, before the public can board the ship, it must be inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard. PHMC and the FNL, with the organizations working together to ensure the Coast Guard inspection is scheduled as soon as possible.
“This news is another major step in our community’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senator Laughlin. “The Flagship Niagara played a pivotal role in the War of 1812 and as such is a key part of Erie’s history, as well as that of the state and the nation. This warship is a draw for historians, naval enthusiasts, as well as those who come just to marvel at its majestic beauty. It will be fantastic to see it reopened.”
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