10 tall sailing ships to open Erie festival

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A festival honoring an important early American naval battle on Lake Erie features 10 tall sailing ships.

The Tall Ships Erie festival begins Thursday at 4 p.m. with a flotilla going into Presque Isle Bay, led by the U.S. Brig Niagara.

The four-day festival honors the September 1813 Battle of Lake Erie, where U.S. Commander Oliver Hazard Perry captured six British Royal Navy ships.

Other ships in the festival include the Sorlandet, of Kristiansand, Norway; the Lynx, of Portsmouth, N.H.; the Peacemaker, of Brunswick, Ga.; the Appledore IV, of Bay City, Mich.; Friends Good Will, of South Haven, Mich.; the Unicorn and its all-female crew, of Bridgeport, Conn.; the Pride of Baltimore II; the St. Lawrence, of Kingston, Ohio; and the Hindu, of Provincetown, Mass. and Key West, Fla.

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