The U.S. Brig Niagara is a reconstruction of the original Niagara built in 1813. The original saw battle in the War of 1812 and then fell into disuse. It was restored twice, fell into disrepair again and was dismantled. Some original building timbers are integrated into the present-day Niagara in nonstructural locations.

Year built: 1987-90 • Length overall: 198 feet • Length of deck: 123 feet • Tonnage:* 333 tons U.S. (297 long tons) • Mainmast height: 118.3 feet • Sails: 15 with a total area of 12,665 square feet • Home port: Erie, Pa.

* A U.S. ton is 2,000 pounds. A long ton, historically used by the British, is 2,240 pounds.


The Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned to replace the original Pride of Baltimore, which sank during a storm near Puerto Rico in 1986. Both vessels were built as replicas of 1812-era topsail schooners called Baltimore Clippers. The Pride II has sailed nearly 200,000 miles and visited more than 40 countries.

Year built: 1987-88 • Length overall: 157 feet • Length of deck: 96.5 feet • Tonnage: 208 tons U.S. (186 long tons) • Mainmast height: 107 feet • Sails: 10 with a total area of 9,000 square feet • Home port: Baltimore


The Madeline is a reconstruction of a small mid-19th-century Great Lakes schooner. It was built between 1985 and 1990 by 165 volunteers. An earlier schooner named Madeline was built in Fairport, Ohio, in 1845, but no diagrams of it exist.

Year built: 1985-90 • Length overall: 92 feet • Length of deck: 55 feet • Tonnage: 50 tons U.S. • (45 long tons) • Mainmast height: 71 feet • Sails: 7 with a total area of 2,205 square feet • Home port: Traverse City, Mich.