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On June 17, 1885, packed in 214 wooden crates aboard the French Navy ship, Isère, Lady Liberty arrived landed in New York Harbor. Made By the French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the statue was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States.

The U.S. Navy art collection features a work by J.O. Davidson depicting the French warships Isére (in white) and Floré (firing salute) as they arrive in New York Harbor. The ships are delivering the disassembled Statue of Liberty. The USS Alliance and USS Omaha are also at the scene. U.S. Navy image NH86165-KN, online courtesy U.S. Navy.

Image shows cases, containing the disassembled Statute of Liberty, being transferred from Isére to Bedloe’s Island. July 7, 1885 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Unsigned 19th century map of New York Harbor thought to be done by Auguste Bartholdi. Image courtesy of National Park Service, Statue of Liberty National Monument

Left: Face of Statue of Liberty uncrated on Liberty Island (Bedloe’s Island) 1885. Dark color is the result of oxidation of the copper material, which turned deeper brown, black, and eventually the light green color of fully oxidized copper. Right: Pieces uncrated on Liberty Island (Bedloe’s Island), 1885 via Completed in Paris in the summer of 1884, the statue, a robed female figure with an uplifted arm holding a torch, reached its new home on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor (between New York City and Hudson County, New Jersey) on June 17, 1885.

After being reassembled, the 450,000-pound statue was officially dedicated on October 28, 1886, by President Cleveland, who said, “We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected.”

Standing more than 305 feet from the foundation of its pedestal to the top of its torch, the statue, dubbed “Liberty Enlightening the World” by Bartholdi, was taller than any structure in New York City at the time. The statue was originally copper-colored, but over the years it underwent a natural color-change process called patination that produced its current greenish-blue hue.

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By Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Lower Manhattan circa 1931. East River piers are in the foreground; the North River and North River piers stretch off into the background. wikipedia


The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) to support the National Maritime Heritage program with proceeds from MARAD’s Federal Ship Disposal Program.

The grant program provides funding for maritime heritage preservation and education projects that enhance public awareness and appreciation for the maritime heritage of the United States.

Looking across the Hudson River at Jersey City in the background, 1890 via wikipedia


NPS: Applications will be available and accepted for 2015 Maritime Heritage Grants between May 15 and August 3, 2015.
A total of $1.7 million will be available. Applicants may request $50,000-$200,000 for preservation projects, or $15,000-$50,000 for education projects. Check the
application information page in May for more details and application forms.

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by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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