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.
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 DowntownExpress.com
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