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A tall ship has sailed into the Buffalo Harbor, the first stop on a months-long tour of the Great Lakes.

The ship, originally named the Avany, was built in Brazil by a family of Italian boat makers using traditional methods and tropical hardwoods. It first set sail in 1989 and has traveled the waters from the southern Atlantic to the Caribbean.

In 2000 the Twelve Tribes, a religious group, purchased the ship and renamed it the “Peacemaker” to reflect its message of bringing people to peace with their creator.

Buffalo is the first stop of the ship’s tour of the Great Lakes, which will include stops in Ontario, Michigan and Chicago. The ship is scheduled to remain in Buffalo until June 15 when it will sail to Windsor, Ont.

For more information visit peacemakermarine.com.

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