ERIE- A lot of excitement at Erie's Maritime Museum Thursday afternoon.
Crews were busy uncovering the U.S. Brig Niagara, one of the area's most popular summer attractions.
"The last pieces of the winter cover are finally coming off," Captain William Sabatini says. "In my mind, it marks spring even though it doesn't quite feel like it."
You can call it a prelude to the spring and summer season. Crews have been working around the clock--for days-- making sure Erie's most famous and historic ship is in tip-top shape.
In a race to beat the rain this weekend, workers have been out since Tuesday and plan to finish the final uncovering phase today.
And once the work is done, the fun begins.
Organizers say the annual Mariners Ball and Golf tournament will be better than ever this year.
Want to know about the newest addition to the ship? The captain himself!
Its Captain Sabatini's first year as the front man. The idea hasn't quite hit him yet.
"I think the whole idea of me being Captain of the Niagara is going to sink in on May 18th when we take the ship out for sailing for the first time."
The Niagara will make its first sail of the year on May 18th for sea trials.
It opens to the public June 1st.
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