The Flagship Niagara and the Great Lakes

“History Under Sail: The Flagship Niagara and the Great Lakes”

Instructor: Patrick Jackson

Information Sessions

October 12, 2016 (Campus Center 303-12Noon-1PM)


An experiential learning experience based on the maritime history of the Great Lakes and the historic Brig Niagara. The Niagara is a replica of the 1813 square rigged sailing warship which fought at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812 (USCG inspected as a Sailing School Vessel). Through living onboard and sailing under the tutelage of the professional crew, as well as history faculty, students acquire a much deeper understanding of maritime history and the seafaring culture through living many of the same challenges and conditions faced by seafarers of the past. By becoming their own first person document, students acquire a filter for analyzing voyage narratives and other first person accounts. By sharing life and work in the tight confines of a ship at sea students learn that the greatest resource they have onboard is each other, and that they have a responsibility to do each task correctly for the safety of all onboard. By accepting the challenges posed students typically achieve a greater respect for themselves, their shipmates, and the marine environment.


None necessary.


  • Report to Erie: May 10, 2017
  • Dismissed from Erie: May 31, 2017

Costs: $2,500.00

Cost will include tuition, room, meals, local transportation and excursions required by program. A nonrefundable deposit of $375 must be paid by February 1, 2017.

An additional $250.00 is recommended for the following personal expenses:

  • passport ($125-if applicable)
  • additional snacks/drinks
  • personal spending money
  • travel to and from Erie

Applications are due by 5PM on November 1, 2016. All Departmental EL Travel Seminars are pending student enrollment numbers to be determined in early December 2016.