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Hermione. Photo via Hermione 2015


Hermione, the hand crafted replica of Lafayette’s 18th century ship arrived in NY Harbor this morning!

Hosted by South Street Seaport Museum, Hermione will be docked at Pier 15 at the South Street Seaport for the next few days next to the Street of Ships. Get first-hand experience on public ship tours, open tomorrow and Friday, July 2-3, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. (Did you know that 16th century replica Spanish galleon El Galéon would be there too?!)

Hermione on arrival in Yorktown. Photo via


And don’t miss the “People’s Parade of Ships” on Saturday July 4th!

Parade of Ships sail route. Via Hermione 2015


Hermione together with 100 participating vessels will sail through the Verrazano, up the harbor passing the Statue of Liberty and up the North (Hudson) River to the USS Intrepid museum and back down river to Governors Island.

All the action starts around 11 am!

View the original media release PR Newswire here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

You know how when you use Google Maps Street View, things get a little screwy when you try maneuver right up to the shoreline? Yep, you hit the white wall of nothingness and have to head back inland for the familiar pano-images to return to your screen.

Well, thanks to Fireboat John J Harvey and the team of Google Street View engineers, that’s all about to get a whole lot better. [New Yorker Magazine]

Fireboat John J Harvey. Photo by John Skelson


Recently, the fireboat folks were approached by Google about participating in the project. The challenge? Pano-photograph the Hudson River using a cool Google-y contraption called a Trekker, from the Upper Harbor to the Erie Canal and back.

The Google Trekker. Photo via Phoenix New Times


New Yorker Magazine: A Trekker is a portable photographic rig that looks like a long-necked robot with a dissected disco ball for a head. It contains two batteries, two hard drives, and fifteen cameras that point in fifteen directions, each shooting a photo every two and a half seconds. The overlapping images are spliced together into panoramas, which are then integrated into Google Maps.

Fireboat John J Harvey flying her colors. Photo via Xin Hua News


The maritime nerds on the John J. Harvey were affiliated with two nonprofits—the Hudson River Foundation and the S.S. Columbia Project—that aim to get New Yorkers thinking about the river in new ways. They’d agreed to provide the labor if Google would supply a Trekker and handle the post-production (making the panoramas look seamless, blurring all faces and license plates for privacy). “The Hudson is such an iconic New York thing,” Yick said. “Google employees can see it from the window of our New York office, and it once formed the backbone of the city’s commerce. It seemed like a natural fit.”

A Water Salute on the John J Harvey. Photo by John Skelson


Last Tuesday afternoon, as the John J. Harvey made its way back to Manhattan from upstate, I took a cab to Forty-first Street and Twelfth Avenue—as far west, within Manhattan, as Street View currently goes—and then walked further west, onto Pier 81. Reporters are rarely invited to see the Trekker in action; Google-watchers usually become aware of a special collection only after it is…

Read more about the fascinating project at New Yorker Magazine here…


by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee, hat tip to Huntley Gill from Fireboat John J Harvey

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