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Hermione Voyage NYC, July 4, 2015. Photo by Mai Armstrong

 

Yesterday I had the unique opportunity to sail with a 100 vessel flotilla led by Hermione, a replica of Lafayette’s 18th century tall ship.

It was amazing experience but I couldn’t shake a sense of gloom, and it was not due yesterdays grey skies. I couldn’t shake the dark cloud looming over our maritime heritage, as we celebrated and replicated the French ships historical voyage to our shores.

With increasing rapidity, too many of our own beloved historic vessels are buckling under the weight of mounting costs for maintainance, insurance, and rent, assuming you can find a place to berth at all.

The once many stalwart individuals who have worked tirelessly for decades keeping our maritime heritage alive, are dwindling as they tire…

The alarm bells are clanging, but no one hears.

Our piers are being turned into albeit beautiful parks, and our seaport is being turned into towers and ’boutique’ shops, but all too often there is no plan in ‘the plan’ for preserving our maritime heritage. It’s heartbreaking to watch history being forced to fade away.

Each loss is a stab right to the gut.

 

Capt. Pam, Cocoa on tug Pegasus. Photo by Todd Heisler/The New York Times

 

And now, this. Pegasus. Capt. Pamela Hepburn. The legacy wrapped up in these 2 names is boundless. And we are about to lose them both.

The New York Times reported on Friday on the all too familiar plight facing tug Pegasus. It’s bad, really bad, and I quote: “Wouldn’t it be a horrible thing if she ends up in a scrapyard?”

Something has to change. This can’t keep happening.

Read the entire article at the The New York Times here…

 

OpEd by Mai Armstrong. Views expressed in this post are my own.

 

via Macy’s

 

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be on the East River this year with over 50,000 pyrotechnic shells set to go off!

This year, 4 barges will straddle Newtown Creek from the southern tip of Roosevelt Island to E23rd Street, plus an additional barge down river at South Street Seaport with the Brooklyn Bridge making a spectacular backdrop for the show.

Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Check out Macy’s recommendation for viewing spots here.

Photo by maf04

 

Have a very Happy 4th of July!
from the WHC crew

 

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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