The inaugural Buffalo Maritime Festival at Canalside figures to get off to a wet and cool start though the forecast is expected to improve over the weekend.
The event launches Thursday afternoon with the arrival of two majestic tall ships, the Lynx and Peacemaker, and runs through Sunday along Buffalo's waterfront.
"We welcome the Lynx and Peacemaker to Canalside this weekend and invite the public to experience first-hand the maritime history and culture Canalside has to offer, tour the two tall ships-for both the educational and entertainment value-and take part in the events surrounding this popular festival," said Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Chairman Robert Gioia.
Visitors will be able to tour the ships during their stay. Public tours aboard the Lynx and Peacemaker are free for children ages 12 and under with adult admission set at $6 to $4 respectively. The Lynx will feature morning and evening public sailing. Tickets are $65 for adults and $35 for children.
Peacemaker is an American barquentine owned by the Twelve Tribes. Lynx is a square topsail schooner based in Newport Beach, Calif.