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Erie Tall Ships Tour: The "Peacemaker"

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The 150 foot long Peacemaker was built on a riverbank in Brazil, back in 1989.

But, it wasn't always a tall ship.

"A very nice family had it built," said Captain Larry Clinton.  "It was a private yacht."

That yacht, was called the Avany.  But Captain Clinton and the "Twelve Tribes" community purchased it and transformed it into the vessel that it is today.

"We put in the mast, we did all the rigging, made all the sails," said Captain Clinton.  "Now it's an international crew that sails it."

And when the 20 person crew sails, they travel in style.  From the main salon, to the master bedroom, to the captains headquarters....each room on board is maintained to perfection.

"All of the rigging has to be cared for, it has to be painted regularly or it starts to rust," said Captain Clinton.  "The wood has to be preserved."

The home port of the ship is in Brunswick, Georgia.  According to Captain Clinton, this is one of the only times it has traveled on the Great Lakes.

"As far as what it took to get here, right now, we've traveled 7,000 miles," said Captain Clinton.  "So, we basically experienced a little bit of everything."

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