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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.

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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

Photo by Mitch Waxman


The Working Harbor Committee is pleased to announce a brand, new fun-for-the-whole-family Hidden Harbor Tour®, Saturday, the 20th of  June 2015, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Not sure what to surprise Dad with this Father’s Day? Something fun that Grandpa and the kids will enjoy? Go behind the scenes of the NY & NJ’s bustling, working waterfront on a narrated Hidden Harbor “Maritime Scavenger Hunt” Tour!


Kids (or Dad’s!) will get a workbook they’ll use to identify things seen in our working waterfront as we cruise to Port Newark/Elizabeth Marine terminal. See that tugboat? Check if off in your booklet! A lighthouse? A container vessel? The Statue of Liberty?

Photo by Mitch Waxman


At the end of the tour a maritime expert on board will sign the booklet to “certify” you an “honorary Captain.” Sandwiches and beverages available for purchase onboard the NY Waterway vessel. Yes, there is a bathroom on the boat!

Photo by Mitch Waxman


The 2-hour (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) fully narrated boat tour departs at 11 a.m. sharp. Boarding begins at 10:30 a.m. from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouverneur Lane.

Tickets: $30; $25 seniors; $15 Children 12 years & under.
For group sale rates, email

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by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


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