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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.


Enjoying The Frying Pan’s top deck. Photo via


Move over Frying Pan, Brooklyn Barge Bar is coming to Brooklyn!

A new seasonal bar and restaurant is planned for the waterfront in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, scheduled to open in May of this year. [DNAinfo]

Rendering from Brooklyn Barge Bar / Will Drawbridge


The new floating eatery will be on a barge hitched next to Transmitter Park on the East River, serving food and drink to waterfront starved neighbors who want to drink in the spectacular view of the city as they munch on burgers and fries.

Gorgeous views abound from Transmitter Park on the Greenpoint waterfront in Brooklyn. Photo via WXY Studio.


DNAinfo: Brooklyn Barge Bar is a seasonal bar and restaurant planned for the Greenpoint waterfront, at 91 West St., that would have picnic tables on land and seating on a docked barge.

“A lot of people don’t necessarily think, ‘Let’s go out to the Greenpoint waterfront,'” Drawbridge said. “We want to change that perception. It’s got some of the nicest views in the city.”

Read more from DNAinfo here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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