A day after one historical ship ends its visit to Canalside, another, considerably larger vessel will be stopping by Buffalo’s waterfront to let audiences experience firsthand seafaring from a bygone era.
The tall ship Empire Sandy – which, at 200 feet in length, dwarfs the canal schooner Lois McClure that recently traveled to Buffalo from Basin Harbor, Vt. – will be in Buffalo on Tuesday and Wednesday. The appearance is sponsored by the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park and the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council.
The Empire Sandy, which boasts more than 11,000 square feet of sail, was originally built by the British to serve in World War II. The ship now hails from Toronto, where it is rented out for special events, according to its website.
The Naval and Military Park is holding two parties in conjunction with the visit – one at 6 p.m. Tuesday co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Buffalo, and another at 6 p.m. Wednesday in partnership with a variety of local nonprofits. Tickets are $45 and $25 per person, respectively.
In addition, the public is invited to tour to Empire Sandy for $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased in the park’s gift shop from 9 a.m. to noon, or dockside after noon. Proceeds from the visit will support a landscaping project at the park.