Historic Amistad ship replica returns to Connecticut shoreline - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Historic Amistad ship replica returns to Connecticut shoreline

Posted: Updated:
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WFSB) -

Local leaders welcomed the return of the historic Freedom Schooner Amistad ship.

In 1839, people being held captive in Sierra Leone took control of the ship. Unable to navigate it back to Africa, the ship was captured and towed into the New London Harbor.

Following their capture, the men faced slavery or execution. However, many Connecticut locals worked to defend them from punishment. U.S. district courts ruled in the men's favor and they were freed.

In 1999, an organization was formed to build a replica of the Amistad in Mystic. 

The organization went into receivership in 2015 and an an advisory committee was formed to consider the future of the ship.

Discovering Amistad, the new organization that owns the ship, was formed shortly after.

The ship docked at the Long Wharf Pier on Long Wharf Drive in New Haven.

New Haven mayor Toni Harp, Governor Dannel Malloy and State Senator Martin Looney were in attendance.

Tours of the ship will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Copyright 2016 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.