Category Archives: City of Ships

Windjammer Peking Loaded on Combi Dock II for Voyage Home

On an overcast Friday in New York’s inner harbor, the windjammer Peking, was gently slipped into the flooded well deck of the heavy-lift ship Combi Dock III.  Once in position, the heavy-lift’s ballast tanks were pumped out, lifting the historic … Continue reading

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NYC City of Water Day, July 15th

This year’s City of Water Day hosted, by the Waterfront Alliance, will take place Saturday, July 15th, from 10 AM to 4 PM, on Governors Island in New York harbor as well as at neighborhood sites across the harbor. There will … Continue reading

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LILAC: Flower of the Delaware — A Coast Guard Day Presentation, August 6th

The Lilac Preservation Project is hosting “LILAC: Flower of the Delaware, A Coast Guard Day Presentation” on Thursday, August 4th, at 6:00 PM on the historic lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25, the foot of West Street and N. Moore … Continue reading

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Remembering the General Slocum Disaster of June 15, 1904

One hundred and twelve years ago today, the disaster on the General Slocum resulted in one of the largest loss of life in New York City prior to the attacks of 9/11/01. At around 9AM on June 15, 1904, approximately 1,350 passengers, … Continue reading

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Soul of the Sea: Immersive Dance at Historic Lighthouse Tender Lilac

A very interesting program coming up on the historic lighthouse tender ex-USCGC Lilac at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in Manhattan. From their press release: Linked Dance Theatre will stage “Soul of the Sea,” a site-specific immersive dance performance … Continue reading

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Fleet Week NYC Parade of Ships — View from the Deck of USS Bataan

Yesterday thousands lined the shores of the Hudson to watch the Fleet Week Parade of Ships. Unfortunately, this year, I couldn’t be there. Here, courtesy of the US Navy, is a unique view of the festivities from the flight deck … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Waterfront Past & Present

When I first came to New York in the last quarter of the last century, I went to work for Moore-McCormack Lines, which had a terminal in Brooklyn on the Gowanus Canal. For better or worse, the Brooklyn waterfront has … Continue reading

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America’s Cup NYC — Technology, the Wind, and the River

Sailing is all about technology and has been ever since the first sailor spread a stretched an animal skin as a sail. The America’s Cup, however, is far more technological than most sailing by a large measure. This thought occurred … Continue reading

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Scheduling & Sailing the America’s Cup on an Uncooperative River

This afternoon, the Americas’ Cup will return to New York.  Well, not the cup itself, and the races aren’t for the cup either. They are qualifying races for the big races next year. But they will be raced on super-fast AC45 … Continue reading

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PortSide NewYork’s Norwegian Water Stories & a Night of Bluegrass

This is one of those great “only in New York” events. Next Thursday, PortSide NewYork and the historic tanker Mary A. Whalen are hosting the NYC premier of the Norwegian bluegrass band, the Paradise Mountain Boys, as well as a multimedia presentation of Norwegian WaterStories.

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Captain Mary’s Story Hour on the Cutter Lilac & Rides on the Fireboat John J Harvey

If you are anywhere near the lower Hudson River this Sunday, August 9th, be sure to stop by the Cutter Lilac for Captain Mary’s Story Hour, a family event for all ages, from 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM. Mary Habstritt, … Continue reading

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Four Hundred Years of Sailing Ships at the South Street Seaport

Last week provided a rare opportunity to glimpse over 400 years of sailing ship history in three ships, tied up almost side by side, at New York’s South Street Seaport. Berthed on the south side of Pier 15, El Galeon Andalucia is a replica of a … Continue reading

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Secrets of New York: Captains, Pirates and Ghosts

“Captains, Pirates and Ghosts,” from the documentary series, Secrets of New York, hosted  by Kelly Choi.  It includes some nice shots of the South Street Seaport Museum‘s schooner Pioneer, with commentary by the museum’s Executive Director, Captain Johnathon Boulware.  Segments from the Bridge Cafe, … Continue reading

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Piracy, Packet Ships and the Erie Canal — Why New York is the Center of US Publishing

This week, Book Expo America and Book-Con, collectively among of the largest book publishing events in the world, are being held in New York City, on the Hudson River in the Javit’s Center. (My novel, The Shantyman, is one of seemingly countless books … Continue reading

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Swimming the Gowanus Canal on Earth Day? Don’t Drink the Water!

Christopher Swain, an environmental activist, spent about an hour swimming in New York’s Gowanus Canal earlier this week on Earth Day.  He said he made his swim as a “call for an accelerated cleanup of the Canal.”  The Gowanus Canal … Continue reading

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Half Moon in Perspective

Half Moon, a replica of Henry Hudson’s ship, looks very small sitting on the deck of the heavy-lift ship Traveler, which is carrying the ship to its new berth at the  Westfries Museum in Hoorn, in the Netherlands.  As heavy lift ships go, … Continue reading

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A Vision to Save the South Street Seaport

The Howard Hughes Corporation, a real-estate firm based in Dallas, TX, is proposing a $1.5 billion redevelopment of the historic South Street Seaport in New York City. Their plan includes destroying several historic buildings and erecting a controversial 494-foot residential tower … Continue reading

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New York — A Tough Town for Historic Ships

A recent article in the TribecaTribOnline was titled, “Two Historic Sailing Ships Could Dock at Seaport This Summer.” The story is that Jonathan Boulware, the South Street Seaport Museum’s interim president, is working very hard to arrange dock space for … Continue reading

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Sail On: The Story of Lettie G Howard

Here is a short video by the Harbor School, a public high school located on Governors Island in New York harbor.  The school’s mission is to “provide a college-preparatory education built upon New York City’s maritime experience that instills in students … Continue reading

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Wind Power in New York Harbor — 1815 and Today

Recently, the NY Times and others have been reporting on the installation of the first commercial wind turbine in New York City. The Sims Municipal Recycling facility in Sunset Park on the Brooklyn waterfront has installed a 100 KW 160′ … Continue reading

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