Learning about the Age of Sail certainly doesn't end with events on land. Volunteers from around the world have devoted countless hours to the meticulous restoration, upkeep, and even reconstruction of real life tall ships under sail from 1812 and beyond for all to see, tour, and even sail aboard!
From the Niagara site:
“We Have Met the Enemy and They Are Ours . . .”
The U.S. Brig Niagara, home-ported in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the reconstructed relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. She is the embodiment of the dual mission of the Erie Maritime Museum and the Flagship Niagara League: she is both a historical artifact and a vehicle for sail training, an experiential learning process that preserves the skills of square-rig seamanship.