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Presque Isle Bay Messabout

Erie’s third annual Presque Isle Bay Messabout was held on August 15-16, 2014. 

The Presque Isle Bay Messabout is part of the Bayfront Maritime Center’s Small Boat Festival. The Messabout brings a variety of beautifully handcrafted traditional, contemporary, and antique boats to Erie. Vessels are on display, and many tour Presque Isle Bay on Saturday, rowing, sailing, and motoring. The Messabout includes: free camping for participants on BMC’s waterfront campus, Saturday evening buffet dinner with presentation and awards, and music.

The first Presque Isle Bay Messabout drew over 50 participants and 24 boats for this Traditional Small Craft Association event. All who attended were impressed with the fantastic natural harbor and well appointed waterfront of Erie, PA and the Bayfront Maritime Center’s waterfront campus. One comment by Steve Warfle of Honey Fall, NY, was that the Erie facilities were on par with one of the premier locations for TSCA events, the Chesapeake Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, Maryland!

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Beautiful Dreamer at the Presque Isle Bay Messabout with the Tallship Niagara in the background.

Beautiful Dreamer at the Presque Isle Bay Messabout with the Brig Niagara in the background.

The Erie Boat, in the foreground, is a replica of the fishing boats built in Erie during the heyday of the freshwater fishing industry at the turn of the century.

The Erie Boat, in the foreground, is a replica of the fishing boats that made Erie, Pennsylvania the freshwater fishing capital of the world from 1880 to 1915.  It was entirely built  by over 1000 kids at BMC, and is now a floating classroom.