Empire Sandy, Coming To Canalside August 6th - 8th

August 6, 2012 Updated Oct 27, 2013 at 4:03 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Empire Sandy, Coming To Canalside August 6th - 8th

August 6, 2012 Updated Oct 27, 2013 at 4:03 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/Canalside Press Release) - Greet the Canadian tall ship "EMPIRE SANDY" upon its arrival at Canalside late in the evening Monday, August 6th. Estimated time of arrival is 9-10 P.M., depending on sailing conditions. It will be a tremendous opportunity to see the largest tall ship sailing on the Great Lakes.

Dockside tours (half-hour in length) will be available on Tuesday, August 7 from Noon - 9 P.M. and on Wednesday, August 8 from Noon - 5 P.M. Tickets are $5 per person. Children age 12 and under are free.Tour tickets are available at the Naval & Military Park Gift Shop, by calling 716-847-1773 or by emailing info@buffalonavalpark.org.

The Empire Sandy, whose home port is Toronto and is believed to be the largest tall ship on the Great Lakes. At 200 feet overall, 11,000 square feet of sail, 740 tons, and double cannons on deck, this authentic replica of a 19th-century three-masted schooner offers a unique experience with a historical flair that commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 and Star Spangled Banner.

"The Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council received a grant from
the Buffalo & Erie County Standing Committee of the Niagara River
Greenway Commission to bring Canada's Empire Sandy to Buffalo as part of the Park's Bicentennial celebration," said Park Executive Director Patrick Cunningham. "Having a ship of this size and illustrious history will draw thousands of people and excitement to Buffalo's waterfront."

"History is an important component of the experience we are working to recreate at Canalside and welcoming the Empire Sandy to our docks will provide an authentic experience for Western New Yorkers," said ECHDC Interim Chairman Sam Hoyt. "I welcome the Empire Sandy, her captain and crew to Buffalo and encourage all to come to Canalside to experience this remarkable ship."

The Empire Sandy is the last of 1,464 "Empire" ships built or acquired
for war service during WWII that is still serving with her original
name. Three days before the ship was to be broken up for scrap, Norm Rogers, founder of Nautical Adventures, borrowed the money to recreate it into an authentic 1800s-style tall ship. Today the schooner is a charter vessel, catering to public cruises, parties and appearances at many festivals along the Great Lakes.

"The War of 1812 really signified our rebirth as a Navy and as a
nation. A lot of what we do, a lot of what we're about really started
from the War of 1812 - a lot of our traditions, and our heritage," Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations.

Information about the Empire Sandy can be found at
empiresandy.com.

More information about the Naval & Military Park's
Bicentennial celebration can be found at buffalonavalpark.org.

For a complete list of 2012 Canalside summer programming visit
www.eriecanalharbor.com.