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We all know the much-loved Wavertree has been undergoing a massive restoration at Caddell’s Dry Dock and Repair for the past year or so. If that wasn’t exciting enough, we now hear that Wavertree is being restored to sailing condition!


Newsday: “It started out as a stabilization but we turned this into something much larger,” [said Capt. Jonathan Boulware]. “We have taken the ship completely apart — rigging down, masts out, the poop deck off. We’ve replaced the main deck, the ’tween deck, reballasted the ship. There’s nothing in the ship that will not have been touched.

“She will sail again” in New York Harbor, Boulware said, although it will be at least several years.”

Wavertree and Peking, together. Photo by Bjoertvedt (CC 3.0)


Wavertree is anticipated to return to South Street Seaport in late September of this year. Somewhat bittersweet, as her return will mean saying goodbye to Peking – which will leave New York harbor for good.

Read more from Newsday here…


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee



I just got word about a really cool project ongoing aboard LILAC, the last steam-powered lighthouse tender in America.

LILAC is berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River, where Artist Rachel Lussier will be creating two new paintings of the historic ship between July 5 and July 21. Watch her create magnificent works of art before your very eyes!

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


CONTACT: Mary Habstritt, Museum Director, 917-709-5291

Museum Visitors Can Watch Works in Progress

New York, NY—Artist Rachel Lussier will be creating two new paintings of the historic ship Lilac between July 5 and July 21 at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25.  Visitors to the ship can watch over the artist’s shoulder and discuss her work with her.

The museum ship is open to the public from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursdays and 2:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Lilac will have extended hours for City of Water Day on July 16th from 12:00 to 7:00 PM.

Rachel is an accomplished painter with a special interest in our relationship to industry.  She was attracted to the steam engines and other vintage equipment on Lilac.  She finds the safety of a studio restrictive and prefers to work in the more challenging situation of an unfamiliar workspace.  She recently completed a series of paintings created in hardware stores and has painted at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and at Pratt & Whitney (a manufacturer of jet engines).  More about Rachel and her work can be found at

Rachel paints directly from three-dimensional objects rather than from photos. “It’s a very different exercise. It’s a much more rigorous experience,” she said.  In addition, she considers onlookers a welcome part of the process. “I am fascinated that most people appear to be just as curious about how the art is created as by the final product itself.  I now incorporate and share the art making journey with those who host or witness my projects.”

Museum Director Mary Habstritt said, “We’ve hosted a number of art exhibits and shown work inspired by the ship, but this will be a new experience for us as well as for visitors.  I think the immediacy of Rachel’s method and the chance to see the paintings take shape will add to the fun of touring the ship during the next few weeks.” More information may be found at

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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