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Historic steam-powered lighthouse tender Lilac. Photo via Historic Naval Ships Archive


Mark your calendars! Starting August 9, a new program begins onboard the historic steam-powered lighthouse tender LilacCaptain Mary’s Story Hour.

Onboard Lilac. Photo via Huffington Post


The brain-child of Capt. Mary Habstritt and her team, this program brings together reading-out-loud-story-time aboard the historic steam ship with special maritime-themed activities matching the book.

Author: Maira Kalman


To kick-off the launch, author Maira Kalman will read her children’s book: Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey, then you’ll get to take a cruise on the books namesake and star, the fireboat John J. Harvey!

This exciting opportunity is FREE!
(Reservations are required for the boat rides since space is limited. There is no reservation required for the story hour portion of the program.)

Fireboat John J Harvey. Photo by Vlad Brezina via Wind Against Current


The first reading on the buoy deck at Lilac will be at 11:30 AM and the second is at 12:30 PM .

You can either take a ride on the fireboat from Pier 66 Maritime (in Hudson River Park at 26th Street) at 10:30 AM, followed by story-time at Lilac after, or start with the story at Lilac and board the fireboat there for a Harbor cruise, leaving at 12:00 PM.

Photo by bowsprite


Reservations for the boat rides on the John J. Harvey and can be made online:
Aug_9_10:30_AM Departure
Aug_9_Noon Departure

(There is a $10 refundable registration fee per person that is forfeited if you do not show up for the fireboat ride.)

Author: Gramatky-Smith


Look forward to future story-hours with Little Toot, by Linda Gramatky-Smith where you’ll also get to build-your-own-paper-tugboat, and Lightship by Brian Floca with a proposed tour of the lightship Nantucket.  Check out the Hours and Events page at for more info.

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee, via Capt. Mary Habstritt,


USCGC Eagle. U.S. Coast Guard photo via wikipedia


The U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle, a.k.a. “America’s Tall Ship”  will be visiting our sparkling shores next weekend, from July 31 through August 3rd.

3rd Class Cadets Joaquin Reyes-Carreno, Zachary Frohn, Paul Puddington and Petty Officer 3rd Class Garrett Henderson, a boatswain’s mate, furl the foremast upper square sail as the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle transits into Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2rd Class Erik Swanson.


Eagle is a sail-training vessel for cadets and future officers of the United States Coast Guard and is the only active commissioned sail ship in American military service.


Each year, USCGC Eagle’s summer deployment gives cadets and officer candidates a unique opportunity to lean the skills of navigation, damage control, watchstanding, engineering and deck seamanship while underway, from a dedicated permanent crew of eight officers and 57 enlisted personnel.

Aboard the USCGC Eagle, Petty Officer 3rd Class Garrett Henderson, a Boatswain’s Mate, leads 3rd class cadets Lucy Daghir (left) and James Hegge in furling the headsails on the bowsprit while sailing through the Sir Francis Drake Channel.


USCGC Eagle will be docked at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park next weekend for free ship tours.

Fri, July 31, 2015 2pm – 7pm
Sat, August 1, 2015 10:30am – 5pm
Sun, August 2, 2015 10am – 7pm

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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