Black and white photo of the Black Pearl sail boat
The Black Pearl sails majestically on Lake Ontario. This picture was taken recently by photographer, ER Goodnight, as the Black Pearl sailed near Wilson, New York. During the weekends, while she is docked at Lewiston, the Black Pearl is available for one-hour cruises on the Niagara River, and chartered three-hour sails on Lake

The Black Pearl

Historic Lewiston Cruises


Call today to make your reservations.  Cruises departing from the Lewiston, NY, dock, just beneath the Silo Restaurant, North Water Street

As you sail the Lower Niagara River, you'll be in a time machine taking you back in history -- you'll see where slaves escaped to Canada, where the first battle of the War of 1812 was fought, where French explorers first landed to trade with the native Americans, and where Niagara Falls started 12,000 years ago.

Passenger comments from first cruise video

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Black Pearl Schedule

  One hour ($35) Three hour ($75)
Saturday Noon, 1:30pm, 3pm 6pm
Sunday Noon, 1:30pm 3pm
Tuesday 6pm  
  Friday   6pm


You can reserve the Black Pearl by appointment for private charter cruises (2 hour min.) for $300 per hour.  Call 877-754-1812.

Black Pearl Rules

  • No alcohol can be brought on board. No alcohol will be served. You can bring your own alcohol (beer and wine only) with you if you charter the entire boat. Consumption must be legal, done in moderation, and intoxication will not be permitted.
  • Report to the Lewiston dock 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.
  • Passengers who arrive late and "miss the boat" will not be eligible for refunds.
  • Passengers will be issued refunds if the trip is cancelled for weather, mechanical problems, or other reasons determined by the captain.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult who has supervisory control.  Due to safety precautions, we cannot accommodate pre-schoolers.
  • Passengers are required to obey the commands of the Captain and crew. The Captain's orders and decisions are final. Safety is paramount.

Black Pearl Tickets

(There are no actual "tickets." We are using colored wrist bands you can pick up and wear as proof of purchase. Each trip has a different color.)

  • Reserve space by calling the Historical Association of Lewiston at 877-754-1812. You will be asked to leave your name and number and we will call you back for your credit card info.  We accept Visa and Mastercard. (Please remember, we are basically a volunteer non-profit organization and this is a fundraising project. We appreciate your patience and understanding.)
  • Reservations can be made up until 5pm on Thursday, before the weekend cruises.
  • After 12 noon on Friday, any available tickets remaining for the weekend may be purchased directly at the Silo Restaurant on a first-come, first serve basis. "Cash and carry only." (Do not call the Silo for reservations or to hold tickets for you. They can't help you.)
  • After your reservations are made, you can pick up your tickets (wrist bands) at the Silo on Friday or on the day of your cruise.
  • Before you board the Black Pearl, you will be asked to fill out a release form, including your name, contact information, email, etc. We need the names of all passengers for each cruise.

Photo of the Black Pearl sail boat

Things You Should Know

  • For seating, just find a place to sit down, for example on the cabin top or in or around the cockpit.
  • Soft sole comfortable shoes are recommended. High heels are not permitted.
  • The Black Pearl is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Schedules can change at anytime for any number of reasons.
  • The Black Pearl does have an engine, so even if there is no wind, it can still cruise.
  • There is a restroom on board, but please understand it is difficult to get to because of the very steep stairs to the cabin below.

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Historical Association of Lewiston Inc.
Preserving and promoting Lewistons rich Heritage.