Erie is the home port of the brig, U.S. Niagara. A brig is a two-masted, square sail ship. The original Niagara was built in 1813 at Erie, PA for use on the Great Lakes. It was built
|U.S. Niagara outbound|
Today the U.S. Niagara (reconstructed) serves as a museum piece and a training ship for Coast Guardsmen being trained
|U.S. Niagara inbound|
in the art of square sail seamanship. The campground I'm staying at is next to the seawall channel connecting Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. The Niagara passes through that channel on her way to and from the Lake. Yesterday I
She sails mostly on Lake Erie which is the shallowest of the five Great Lakes at an average depth of only 62 feet compared to the next shallowest at 195 feet for Lake Huron.
|Freedom on the left, lighthouse in the distance|
It is said the Great Lakes were dug out about 10,000 years ago by the retreating glaciers from the last Ice Age. They were filled up by the melting glaciers. Some glaciers were miles in thickness. I wonder what caused that global warming? Twenty one percent of all surface fresh water in the world is contained in the Great Lakes. Impressive.
I went to the Presque Isle State Park located on the peninsula of land that juts out into Lake Erie. The farthest point of the
|Lighthouse at the end of the seawall|
I also found out my cell phone, which I use to take most of the pictures for the blog has a reverse camera to be used for taking those selfies I hear about. I tried one today while I
was out at the lighthouse. The beginning of the Mr. Natural look. I'll try to take a better one, the next time.
Ya'll take care of each other and I'll Cya down the road.