FILE - In this June 21, 2007, file photo, a crew member works on the Amistad prior to its departure in New Haven, Conn. In March 2010, the stately black scooner will sail through a narrow channel into Havana's protected harbor, its two masts bearing the rarest of sights _ the U.S. Stars and Stripes, with the Cuban flag fluttering nearby. It's a replica of the Cuban slave ship that sailed from Havana in 1839 with a cargo of African captives only to become an icon of the abolitionist movement. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
After being docked at Mystic Seaport for two years for repairs, the Freedom Schooner Amistad is ready to set sail.
Greg Belanger, president of the nonprofit corporation that owns the ship, tells the New Haven Register that The Amistad should be ready to travel in mid-June to Norwich's Freedom Weekend, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
If all goes well, the Amistad could be back at New Haven's Long Wharf Pier for the July 4 holiday,
The vessel has been undergoing repairs on the shoreline since being damaged on a trip from Cuba in 2010.
"I'm very confident that the ship - which still must hire a crew - is ready to move beyond the limbo it has found itself in for the past two years," Belanger told the paper.
The tall ship also is scheduled to take part in the OpSail 2012 tall ship event in New London in July. The Amistad is a replica of the infamous slaving ship that became the center of a civil rights struggle after slaves took control of it during a voyage in 1839.
Their story has been the subject of several books and a 1997 Steven Spielberg movie.