Barcelona, New York: Lake Erie Pirate Ship Derelict (Gone)

63-ft long "Sea Lion" launched 1985 in Chautaqua Lake. Took 14 years using historical techniques to build the replica 3-masted 16th century merchant vessel. Beached, de-masted, desperately needs restoration.

Hwy 5, east side of town along water at pier.
March 2016: Confirmed gone.

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Lake Erie Pirate Ship Derelict

Confirmed, the pirate ship is gone, hopefully for a restoration and new home!

[Blaise, 03/29/2016]
Lake Erie Pirate Ship (Sea Lion)

Upon leaving the ship on 7/26/15, we stopped by the gas station down the road. A local said that the ship was going to be moved to Albany "next week" to be repaired, and from there it would be sent to Virginia to be put in one of its harbors. There is nothing mentioned on the official website, so this may need to be confirmed.

[Jennifer Avery, 07/31/2015]

We first heard that rumor in 2014, but there's no indication that the ship's departure is imminent.

Pirate ship.

Lake Erie Pirate Ship

Right off hwy 5 in the town of Barcelona is the ship Sea Lion.

[teamReames, 04/17/2015]

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