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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

Lilac Preservation Project historic photo


America’s only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender LILAC opens for the season Tuesday, 19 May, 2015 with the Lilac Arts Series – a new contemporary art exhibit series featuring the work of more than 25 artists aboard the historic vessel.

The Lilac Arts Series will showcase three themes – “Steam”, “Work + Labor” and “Restoration/ Reinvention” and run from
19 May to 15 August, 2015 at Pier 25.

Lilac Preservation Project historic photo


Press Release [PDF download]: Lilac Preservation Project President, Mary Habstritt, commented, “We are thrilled to sponsor the Lilac Arts Series as part of our mission to introduce new audiences to our historic ship and especially to provide space to showcase work inspired by this unique vessel and our efforts to preserve her.”

Melinda Wang, founder of MW Projects and organizer of the Lilac Arts Series, added, “Through the exhibition and event programming, we aim to activate the ship’s spaces and encourage artists and audiences to be part of the Lilac’s story. We are very excited to work with emerging artists and art groups to create a new art destination in New York City.”

Opening reception: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 6-9 pm
Hours: May 23 to August 15, 2015: Thursdays, 4-7 pm; Saturdays, 2-7 pm; Sundays 2-7 pm and additional hours for special events.
Free and open to the public.

Download the full press release [PDF] here.

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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