Lettie G. Howard’s plans for travel to Erie, PA are now finalized. Originally, the plan was to take her through the Erie Canal, which would require unstepping masts and steaming the majority of the trip. It’s likely that the Erie Canal will be open late this year because of ice, which would mean a late arrival in Erie. That inland voyage also limits the ability of the oncoming crew to really get to know Lettie.
Instead, Lettie will make the voyage “outside” via Long Island Sound, Buzzards Bay, the Gulf of Maine, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. This voyage will be an excellent opportunity to stretch her legs and to fully acquaint her new mates and masters with her sailing abilities. We expect to leave the first week in May and to take about 20 days to complete the 2,000 mile voyage.
Images: Flagship Niagara League crew and volunteers working with South Street Seaport Museum's volunteers to uprig Lettie last Saturday, April 14, 2018.
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