Last week, a group of three beluga whales were seen swimming about in Long Island Sound! [News8]

But, although it’s rare to see beluga whales in our waters, officials are asking boaters to keep their distance from the cute and curious animals if encountered.



News8 Janelle Schuh, the Stranding Coordinator [The Animal Rescue Program at the Mystic Aquarium], is warning the public that while the whales are cute, please stay away.

“It is really important that if you see them coming to your boat, turn the propeller off,” she said. “We don’t want the animals to get injured in any way, and we are also requesting that the folks who do observe them, that they don’t follow the animals because that can cause stress.”

Photo via Mystic Aquarium


“Enjoy it, not everybody gets an opportunity to see a beluga whale, but we do ask that you are respectful of the fact that they are there,” said Schuh. “Turn your propeller off and take a lot of good photos and make sure you contact us.”

Read more from News8 here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Wavertree. Photo by Andy C. via wikipedia


South Street Seaport Museum’s Wavertree, headed out to Caddell Dry Dock and Repair last week for a much anticipated $10.6 million restoration. [The New York Times] Built in Southampton, UK in 1885, Wavertree is one of the last large sailing ships made of riveted wrought-iron.

©Will Van Dorp

Wavertree arrives at Caddell’s, Thomas J. Brown assists. Photo by Will Van Dorp/tugster


Tugster accompanied Wavertree’s journey out to Staten Island with NY Media Boat – I highly recommend you check out his posts here and here. Thanks for sharing your unique perspective from the boat, Will!


Jonathan Boulware, the South Street Seaport Museum’s executive director, with Councilmember Margaret Chin. Photo by Susie McKeown Photography/Courtesy of South Street Seaport Museum via


The New York Times: “She was referred to as an ocean wanderer,” Mr. Boulware said. “These ships were important to New York in that they brought people of new cultures and languages to the city, and they brought vital goods. So Wavertree is exactly the type of ship that you would have seen every day of the week on the street of ships.”

The massive preservation and restoration project includes replacing some of Wavertree’s rusted hull, restoring the ballast system and the main deck, and reinstalling the ‘tweendeck, which was removed at some point in her 130-year long history.


The New York Times article reports,

The plan is to replace 20 massive metal plates below the water line, install a new ballast system, restore the main deck and reinstall the ’tweendeck, the deck below the main deck and above the cargo holds. Once, it held thousands of tons of coal to fuel the steamships that were rendering Wavertree obsolete. It was taken out when Wavertree was turned into a barge.

Read more from The New York Times here..

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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