This summer, Tall Ships America will bring a fleet of tall ships to the Great
Lakes, the world's largest body of fresh surface water as part of the Tall Ships
Challenge. To learn more about those ships before their Aug. 22-25 stop in
Erie, Pa., join Executive Director of the Flagship Niagara League and Fleet
Captain William Sabatini to learn about the history of the ships, the event
itself, and the Niagara's historic journey on the waters of the Great Lakes.
– Capt. William Sabatini
Capt. William Sabatini was promoted to Flagship Niagara League Executive
Director and Fleet Captain by the organization’s board of trustees in 2018.
Sabatini, 36, a native of Natick, Massachusetts, joined the U.S. Brig Niagara
in 2005 as the vessel’s Third Mate. He served as the Niagara’s Second Mate in
2006 and 2007 before he was named Chief Mate in 2008, a position he held
for six years through 2013. Sabatini was promoted to Captain of the Niagara
in 2014. In his new role, Sabatini will oversee Flagship Niagara League
operations, including crew, ships and administrative staff.