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Vows: Can a Captain Marry Us?

From the New York Times: Hollywood gave a big boost to the myth that captains could legally join couples on the open seas. In New York, Captain Arnold Wonsever, an ordained minister, is making this myth a reality.

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When the Harbor Froze in New York

Much of the US is suffering under a “polar vortex,” which has plunged temperatures into single digits and wind chills well into negative numbers. Here on the west bank of the Hudson River the temperature is around 4 F with … Continue reading

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Schooner Lettie G. Howard Returns to New York’s South Street Seaport

OK, we are a week late and it is snowing outside, but we do want to to wish the schooner Lettie G. Howard the warmest of welcomes now that she has returned to her berth at the South Street Seaport. We … Continue reading

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Sixth Annual City of Water Day in New York Harbor – Saturday July 20th

This weekend, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance City of Water Day will be sponsoring celebrations and activities all around the harbor.  Festivities will be held at Governor’s Island, New York and in Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side as well at 25 … Continue reading

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Horrible News for New York’s South Street Seaport Museum

Back in 2011, there was new hope for the New York’s South Street Seaport Museum when the struggling institution was rescued by the City Museum of New York.  A $2 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation gave the City Museum … Continue reading

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World’s Largest Solar-Powered Vessel in New York City

I would argue that the wind is, in fact, created by the sun, so all sailing ships are also solar powered, perhaps once removed. The Turanor Planetsolar is, nevertheless, a fascinating vessel. Following her successful circumnavigation, she is now engaged … Continue reading

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Fifth Annual North River Historic Ship Festival at Pier 25 in Manhattan June 20 – 23

If you are in the New York area, check out the North River Historic Ship Festival that starts with a kickoff gala tomorrow night and runs through Sunday. The festivities include: A gala reception honoring A.J. Pietrantone, the former executive director … Continue reading

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New York Alligators – In the Peconic River, not the Sewers

For more than 80 years, there has been an urban legend about congregations of alligators living in the depths of New York City sewers. (Yes,a group of alligators is called a “congregation.” I didn’t know that either until I looked … Continue reading

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Fly Fishing in NYC’s Central Park & the Hunt for the Snakehead “Monster” Fish

When I think of fly fishing, the wilder rivers of North Carolina come to mind, or even Hemingway’s Big Two Hearted River, in Michigan.  I don’t think of Central Park, which is literally the center of New York City, a … Continue reading

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New Shanty Sing at the Brooklyn Lyceum

This Friday, January 25th, from 8 to 10PM, a waterfront tradition will be returning to Brooklyn. The first of planned monthly shanty sings will be held at the Brooklyn Lyceum.  All lovers of the music of the sea are welcome.  This Friday’s session is … Continue reading

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Update: New York Ferry Crash – A Focus on the New Propulsion System

The captain of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry which hit the Pier 11 in New York yesterday morning, injuring more than 70 passengers, told investigators that the ferry suffered a mechanical failure.  Captain Jason Reimer said that the engines would not … Continue reading

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Schooner Lynx, “America’s Privateer” in New York’s North Cove

On an overcast Thursday morning, the 122-foot top-sail schooner Lynx arrived at North Cove in lower Manhattan on the Hudson River. See our recent post. She will be open to the public for dockside tours and sails on Saturday and Sunday, … Continue reading

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Schooner Lynx, “America’s Privateer” Arriving in NYC to Commemorate the Anniversary of the War of 1812

To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, the schooner Lynx, “America’s Privateer,” will be visiting New York harbor from October 25th through October 31st.  The 122-foot top-sail schooner will sail into North Cove Marina on the Hudson … Continue reading

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Windjammer Peking – Disappointment in Hamburg

On Friday, we posted that the windjammer Peking is in need a new home.  The 101 year old four masted steel ship has spent the last 37 years as a museum ship at New York’s South Street Seaport Museum.  The … Continue reading

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Pride of Baltimore II Visiting New York’s North Cove

The Pride of Baltimore II is visiting New York, calling in Manhattan’s North Cove on the Hudson River.  She should be arriving around mid-day today and will be staying through Sunday.  Daysails and dockside tours will be available.  (See the schedule after the … Continue reading

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EPA and the Ports of New York and LA Work to Limit Air Pollution from Ships

Consider these two statements: Ships are the most energy efficient way to transport goods.  They also have the smallest carbon footprint per ton of any means of transport. Ships are major polluters. One large container ship emits as much sulfur-oxide as fifty million … Continue reading

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30th Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The Mermaid Parade has been held on Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York since 1983.  And I missed it again this year.  Damn. Maybe next year.  Fortunately, the intrepid Will Van Dorp was on hand with his camera.   Check out his … Continue reading

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New Hornblower Hybrid In New York Harbor – Powered by Diesel, Wind, Solar and Fuel Cells

In December of 2010, we posted about a new vessel under construction at Derecktor Shipyards for Hornblower New York. It was to be a hybrid excursion boat powered by diesel engines, as well as by solar and wind power and by hydrogen fuel … Continue reading

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Diving Dock Dogs and a Tall Ship at the Sailing Seaway Clayton Festival

There have been lots of festivals this season with tall ships, but how many can boast dock diving dogs?  Last October, we posted about the new and growing sport of dock dogs, where dogs competing on how far they can jump into the water. … Continue reading

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What’s it Like to Sail in the Clipper Round the World Race? Interview with Skipper Gareth Glover

Gareth Glover, the skipper of the yacht New York, was good enough to sit down yesterday and  provide a glimpse of sailing in the Clipper Round the World Race. Clipper Round the World Race – Interview with Skipper Gareth Glover Seu browser … Continue reading

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