Sorry for the late posting today all, had some unexpected dealings to handle this morning. That being said, I wanted to let you all know about a really cool exhibit that is going on at the museum ship Lilac at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25. It’s called: Spirits of the Passage: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.


via the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum


The exhibit, which will be on display through the end of September, speaks to “aspects of the maritime trade in African slaves combined with profiles of slaves, former slaves, abolitionists and others whose lives were touched by this global traffic. ”

via the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

Lilac News Release: The exhibit was created by the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida and designed to travel. The Museum exists to provide educational services to the public on maritime and colonial activity in the New World and to preserve maritime culture resources.  It was established by diver Mel Fisher, a treasure hunter who found the sunken wrecks of the Spanish galleons Nuestra Senora de Atocha and Santa Margarita.

via Lilac Preservation Project

Lilac received key funding from the Sandy Hook Pilots’ Association to bring this exhibit to New York.  The Association represents licensed pilots who guide ocean-going vessels through the Port of New York and New Jersey, the Hudson River, the East River, and Long Island Sound.

The exhibit is on loan until the end of September.  The last date to view the exhibit at Lilac is Sunday, September 27.  The ship is open from 4:00 to 7:00 pm Thursdays and 2:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. More information can be found at


NYPD Special Ops photo via CBS News


A boat captain reported around 4:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon that a boat was sinking in Sandy Hook Channel, NJ, as reported on ABC Eyewitness News.


Photo via ABC Eyewitness News


US Coast Guard, FDNY and NJ State Police marine units, and NYPD Special Ops – including dive and helicopter teams – conducted a coordinated 5-hour search into the night for the sunken boat, believed to be a 40-foot fishing vessel named El Jefe.


Graphic via CBS 2 Eyewitness News


The search resumes today.

Read more from WABC Eyewitness News here…


by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee




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