by Michael Farrell, Buffalo News

Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay seems like an odd place to hatch a plan for heightened appreciation of Buffalo’s maritime history.

Not for Mike Vogel and Paula Blanchard, the chair and co-chair of the forthcoming “Basil Port of Call: Buffalo,” a four-day family event that will bring the most dramatic tall ship fleet to the city’s waterfront since the Erie Canal’s 1800s heyday. On July 4, a dozen vessels from four different countries will arrive from Toronto as part of the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes race, line the Erie Basin Marina for tours and cruises through July 7, then continue to the race’s next stop in Cleveland.

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