Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. has announced the Peacemaker tall ship enjoyed Buffalo so much that it is extending its stay at Canalside through the weekend and offering additional tours. The Peacemaker originally came to Buffalo as part of the inaugural Buffalo Maritime Festival, which took place Sept. 12-15.
Tours of the Peacemaker will be offered noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, and Friday, Sept. 20, as well as 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22. Tickets will remain $4 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. For information on activities at Canalside, as well as directions and parking, visit www.canalsidebuffalo.com.
The inaugural Buffalo Maritime Festival was a success with the Lynx and Peacemaker, majestic tall ships, serving as centerpieces to three full days of events and activities. Highlights included tours and hands-on demonstrations on the tall ships, as well as rowboat rentals, music, walking tours, family activities, a movie night, food trucks, a beer garden presented by the Liberty Hound, fireworks and much more.
Peacemaker is an American barquentine owned by the Twelve Tribes. The Peacemaker, originally named Avany, was built on a riverbank in southern Brazil using traditional methods and tropical hardwoods, and was launched in 1989. In the summer of 2000, it was purchased by the Twelve Tribes, a religious group with 50 or so communities in North and South America, Europe and Australia. They spent the next seven years replacing all of the ship's mechanical and electrical systems and rigging it as a barquentine. The refit vessel set sail for the first time in the spring of 2007, under the name Peacemaker. The Peacemaker has a large deckhouse and spacious cabins finished in mahogany, modeled after the interior of the Cutty Sark. It also has an innovative transom that can be lowered while in port to reveal a watertight bulkhead with two large doors opening into a cargo area and fully equipped workshop.
For more information on Peacemaker, visit http://www.peacemakermarine.com/.
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that is attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. For more information on ECHDC, visit www.eriecanalharbor.com.