South Street Seaport Museum

South Street Seaport Museum A cultural institution dedicated to telling the story of rise of New York as a port city and its critical role in the development of the United States.
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I like to imagine Fulton and South Streets in 1812 when Peter Schermerhorn completed the 12 buildings that comprise Schermerhorn Row, when people came from all over New York to marvel at this row of Federal-style warehouses on the East River. In those days the piers were crowded with ships from all over the world discharging their cargoes of coffee, tea, cotton, molasses, and countless other trade

I like to imagine Fulton and South Streets in 1812 when Peter Schermerhorn completed the 12 buildings that comprise Schermerhorn Row, when people came from all over New York to marvel at this row of Federal-style warehouses on the East River. In those days the piers were crowded with ships from all over the world discharging their cargoes of coffee, tea, cotton, molasses, and countless other trade

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For today’s #ThrowbackThursday we’re showing you an 1865 view of an old narrow house wedged between two taller buildings...
06/03/2021

For today’s #ThrowbackThursday we’re showing you an 1865 view of an old narrow house wedged between two taller buildings in the seaport, published in Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York (known as Valentine's Manual).

The D.T. Valentine’s Manuals were books produced annually from 1841 to 1870 and contained hundreds of rare beautifully hand coloured contemporary and historical lithograph maps and views of New York City. David Thomas Valentine (1801-1869), as the Clerk of the Common Council of New York City, edited and published the series of books on the history and contemporary facts of New York City. Prints show public gardens, famous trees, hotels, museums, taverns, and theaters in or near the city, ca. 1776-1864.

These illustrated histories of New York City are considered more than just picture books; they also organized and presented a governmental record of the Corporation of New York City, including lists of offices and office holders, election results and financial summaries. In addition, they contained statistics such as those for social and religious institutions, banks, hospitals and schools.

We recently released selections from the D.T. Valentine’s Manuals in our Collections Online Portal. Take a peek by browsing and searching for keywords at seaportmuseum.org/collectionsonline

Image: Major & Knapp, lithographers. “Old Frame House, No. 7 Peck Slip, New York, in which Mr. D.T. Valentine passed his youth” 1865. South Street Seaport Museum, 1979.111

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For today’s #ThrowbackThursday we’re showing you an 1865 view of an old narrow house wedged between two taller buildings in the seaport, published in Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York (known as Valentine's Manual).

The D.T. Valentine’s Manuals were books produced annually from 1841 to 1870 and contained hundreds of rare beautifully hand coloured contemporary and historical lithograph maps and views of New York City. David Thomas Valentine (1801-1869), as the Clerk of the Common Council of New York City, edited and published the series of books on the history and contemporary facts of New York City. Prints show public gardens, famous trees, hotels, museums, taverns, and theaters in or near the city, ca. 1776-1864.

These illustrated histories of New York City are considered more than just picture books; they also organized and presented a governmental record of the Corporation of New York City, including lists of offices and office holders, election results and financial summaries. In addition, they contained statistics such as those for social and religious institutions, banks, hospitals and schools.

We recently released selections from the D.T. Valentine’s Manuals in our Collections Online Portal. Take a peek by browsing and searching for keywords at seaportmuseum.org/collectionsonline

Image: Major & Knapp, lithographers. “Old Frame House, No. 7 Peck Slip, New York, in which Mr. D.T. Valentine passed his youth” 1865. South Street Seaport Museum, 1979.111

#NewYorkCity #NYHistory #CollectionsOnline #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #SSSMcollection

#OnThisDay in 1883 the opening celebrations for the Brooklyn Bridge were still fresh in the minds of New Yorkers. Harper...
06/02/2021

#OnThisDay in 1883 the opening celebrations for the Brooklyn Bridge were still fresh in the minds of New Yorkers. Harper’s Weekly published this illustration of the massive fireworks display that occurred over a week earlier on May 24th.

The New York Times reported the following about the preparation for, and the effect of, the 14 tons of fireworks fired for the occasion:

“A fire company from Brooklyn and another from this City had been engaged for an hour in wetting down the woodwork of the bridge to guard against any possible danger from fire from the pyrotechnic display... shells soared to a height of about 800 feet and then burst, scattering gold and silver rain, stars of gold, blue, emerald, and red, and writhing serpents which reached the water before their force was spent. For an hour the grand display continued, the towers being continually illuminated by the fountains of fire and the flight of rockets and shells from the centre of the bridge.”

Image: Charles Graham (1852-1911); Harper’s Weekly, publisher. “The Great Bridge - Fireworks and Illumination, From the Brooklyn Side” June 2, 1883. Paper, ink. Seamen's Bank for Savings Collection, South Street Seaport Museum 1991.078.0015

#Fireworks #NYHistory #NewYorkHarbor #SSSMcollection #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

#OnThisDay in 1883 the opening celebrations for the Brooklyn Bridge were still fresh in the minds of New Yorkers. Harper’s Weekly published this illustration of the massive fireworks display that occurred over a week earlier on May 24th.

The New York Times reported the following about the preparation for, and the effect of, the 14 tons of fireworks fired for the occasion:

“A fire company from Brooklyn and another from this City had been engaged for an hour in wetting down the woodwork of the bridge to guard against any possible danger from fire from the pyrotechnic display... shells soared to a height of about 800 feet and then burst, scattering gold and silver rain, stars of gold, blue, emerald, and red, and writhing serpents which reached the water before their force was spent. For an hour the grand display continued, the towers being continually illuminated by the fountains of fire and the flight of rockets and shells from the centre of the bridge.”

Image: Charles Graham (1852-1911); Harper’s Weekly, publisher. “The Great Bridge - Fireworks and Illumination, From the Brooklyn Side” June 2, 1883. Paper, ink. Seamen's Bank for Savings Collection, South Street Seaport Museum 1991.078.0015

#Fireworks #NYHistory #NewYorkHarbor #SSSMcollection #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

It’s time for our June Object of the Month! This month’s selected artifact is the ship model of an emigrant transfer fer...
06/01/2021

It’s time for our June Object of the Month! This month’s selected artifact is the ship model of an emigrant transfer ferry that would have carried new immigrants from Castle Garden to the Erie Railway —and towards their final destinations in the United States.

Though Ellis Island (which opened in 1892) is the best known immigrant processing station, the country’s first official immigration center was located in the Battery at the tip of Manhattan. Based in the converted Castle Clinton, Castle Garden would welcome over 8 million immigrants between 1855 and 1890.

Though many new immigrants would settle in New York City, for some, it was only the point of entry to cities and farmlands farther west. Castle Garden became notorious for the solicitors and “sharpers” who waited outside to take advantage of newcomers. In 1873, to make sure immigrants could safely get to the New Jersey rail terminals, the Erie Railway negotiated a contract to run a ferry directly from Castle Garden. This ferry contract also secured immigrant business and revenue for the railroad company.

On this model you can read the words “Erie Eisenbahn” painted on the bow. This is the German translation of “Erie Railway” and reflects the large number of German-speaking immigrants to the United States in the 1870s and 1880s.

See more ship models on the Museum's Collections Online Portal at seaportmuseum.org/collectionsonline

Image: Col. Walter R. Bruyere III, maker. “Erie Railway Emigrant Transfer Ferry” 1996. Gift of Walter Bruyere, South Street Seaport Museum 1996.040

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Today is Memorial Day and we honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. We commemorate th...
05/31/2021

Today is Memorial Day and we honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. We commemorate the sacrifices made by both members of the armed forces and their families.

One of the first official Memorial Days was first observed on May 30, 1868 as Decoration Day. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, the head of an organization of Union veterans of the American Civil War, declared that the day would be a time for the nation to honor fallen soldiers by placing flowers on their last resting places. Though several places in the US claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, which had local remembrance days that preceded Maj. Gen. Logan’s Decoration Day, it wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress.

The South Street Seaport Museum, its flagship Wavertree, and the Bowne & Co. print shops are closed today. We look forward to welcoming one and all next weekend.

Image: South Street Seaport Museum’s 50th Anniversary, April 28, 2017. Photo credit James Keivom.

#MemorialDay #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins #OurCityOurSeaport

Please note, due to inclement weather, our flagship Wavertree is closed to visitors today, Sunday, May 30th. We look for...
05/30/2021

Please note, due to inclement weather, our flagship Wavertree is closed to visitors today, Sunday, May 30th. We look forward to seeing you next weekend. For more information visit seaportmuseum.org/visitwavertree

If you are looking for something to do on this rainy day, check out our past virtual programs on our website at seaportmuseum.org/visit/past-programs. You can learn about how we maintain our fleet of historic ships, virtually visit the Bowne & Co. letterpress print shop, see the remains of the old hotels inside our home Schermerhorn Row, browse highlights from our collections, and more.

Please note, due to inclement weather, our flagship Wavertree is closed to visitors today, Sunday, May 30th. We look forward to seeing you next weekend. For more information visit seaportmuseum.org/visitwavertree

If you are looking for something to do on this rainy day, check out our past virtual programs on our website at seaportmuseum.org/visit/past-programs. You can learn about how we maintain our fleet of historic ships, virtually visit the Bowne & Co. letterpress print shop, see the remains of the old hotels inside our home Schermerhorn Row, browse highlights from our collections, and more.

The printers at Bowne & Co. wrote a blog this week about our latest big project: broadside posters celebrating the worki...
05/27/2021

The printers at Bowne & Co. wrote a blog this week about our latest big project: broadside posters celebrating the working collection of 19th-century wood type! If you follow them on Facebook or Instagram (@bowneprinters) you have likely seen the letterforms posted daily as part of the #36DaysOfType project in April and May.

Get a peek behind the scenes on seaportmuseum.org/curating-type-at-bowne-co/ where you can see every step of the process.

#letterpress #woodtype #printinghistory #graphicart #broadside #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

The printers at Bowne & Co. wrote a blog this week about our latest big project: broadside posters celebrating the working collection of 19th-century wood type! If you follow them on Facebook or Instagram (@bowneprinters) you have likely seen the letterforms posted daily as part of the #36DaysOfType project in April and May.

Get a peek behind the scenes on seaportmuseum.org/curating-type-at-bowne-co/ where you can see every step of the process.

#letterpress #woodtype #printinghistory #graphicart #broadside #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

#OnThisDay in 1949 an aerial photographer captured the Cunard-White Star Line ship RMS Mauretania off Battery Park as sh...
05/25/2021

#OnThisDay in 1949 an aerial photographer captured the Cunard-White Star Line ship RMS Mauretania off Battery Park as she departed New York Harbor.

The Cunard Line, founded in 1840, and the White Star Line, founded in 1845, had been rivals for nearly a century—fighting to be the preeminent British transatlantic passenger line. By the 1930s, both companies were struggling financially and were looking for subsidies from the British Government. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain wrote in his diary that he saw the situation as “...a lever for bringing about a merger between the Cunard and White Star Lines, thus establishing a strong British firm on the North Atlantic trade.” The destitute companies agreed to merge as the Cunard-White Star Line in 1934. By 1949, Cunard had bought out the White Star Line shares and reverted the company name back to Cunard.

See our entire collection of 288 Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc. aerial photographs, featuring the many ocean liners that graced New York Harbor in the 20th century, on our recently released Collections Online Portal at seaportmuseum.org/collectionsonline

Image: Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc., “RMS Mauretania in New York Harbor”, May 25, 1949. Gelatin silver print. Gift from an anonymous donor, South Street Seaport Museum 2018.008.0173

#NewYorkHarbor #OceanLiner #NYHistory #TodayInHistory #FairchildAerialSurvey #AerialPhotography #SSSMcollection #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

#OnThisDay in 1949 an aerial photographer captured the Cunard-White Star Line ship RMS Mauretania off Battery Park as she departed New York Harbor.

The Cunard Line, founded in 1840, and the White Star Line, founded in 1845, had been rivals for nearly a century—fighting to be the preeminent British transatlantic passenger line. By the 1930s, both companies were struggling financially and were looking for subsidies from the British Government. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain wrote in his diary that he saw the situation as “...a lever for bringing about a merger between the Cunard and White Star Lines, thus establishing a strong British firm on the North Atlantic trade.” The destitute companies agreed to merge as the Cunard-White Star Line in 1934. By 1949, Cunard had bought out the White Star Line shares and reverted the company name back to Cunard.

See our entire collection of 288 Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc. aerial photographs, featuring the many ocean liners that graced New York Harbor in the 20th century, on our recently released Collections Online Portal at seaportmuseum.org/collectionsonline

Image: Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc., “RMS Mauretania in New York Harbor”, May 25, 1949. Gelatin silver print. Gift from an anonymous donor, South Street Seaport Museum 2018.008.0173

#NewYorkHarbor #OceanLiner #NYHistory #TodayInHistory #FairchildAerialSurvey #AerialPhotography #SSSMcollection #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

#OnThisDay in 1883 the New York & Brooklyn Bridge, today known as the Brooklyn Bridge, opened as the largest suspension ...
05/24/2021

#OnThisDay in 1883 the New York & Brooklyn Bridge, today known as the Brooklyn Bridge, opened as the largest suspension bridge in the world. When it was opened to the public on May 25, 150,300 people crossed the 1,595 feet span. Unlike today, tickets were required to walk across the engineering marvel.

These promenade tickets were issued to Charles Cyril Martin (1831-1903), the Chief Engineer and Superintendent of the Brooklyn Bridge. Martin graduated as a civil engineer in 1836 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and worked as an engineer at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the Civil War. In 1870, Martin became assistant to John A. Roebling for the Brooklyn Bridge project, second only to Roebling’s son Colonel Washington Augustus Roebling. When the elder Roebling died in 1869, his son was chosen to succeed him as Chief Engineer. Washington Roebling’s wife, Emily Warren Roebling, also undertook a major role in the development of the bridge, albeit without an official title. When the bridge opened in 1883, Washington Roebling passed the position to Martin who oversaw the maintenance of the bridge until his death in 1903.

Image: [New York & Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Tickets] ca. 1883. Paper, ink. Gift of Peter Neill 1997.027.0006A-F

#TodayInHistory #NYHistory #BrooklynBridge #Ephemera #SSSMCollections #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

#OnThisDay in 1883 the New York & Brooklyn Bridge, today known as the Brooklyn Bridge, opened as the largest suspension bridge in the world. When it was opened to the public on May 25, 150,300 people crossed the 1,595 feet span. Unlike today, tickets were required to walk across the engineering marvel.

These promenade tickets were issued to Charles Cyril Martin (1831-1903), the Chief Engineer and Superintendent of the Brooklyn Bridge. Martin graduated as a civil engineer in 1836 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and worked as an engineer at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the Civil War. In 1870, Martin became assistant to John A. Roebling for the Brooklyn Bridge project, second only to Roebling’s son Colonel Washington Augustus Roebling. When the elder Roebling died in 1869, his son was chosen to succeed him as Chief Engineer. Washington Roebling’s wife, Emily Warren Roebling, also undertook a major role in the development of the bridge, albeit without an official title. When the bridge opened in 1883, Washington Roebling passed the position to Martin who oversaw the maintenance of the bridge until his death in 1903.

Image: [New York & Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Tickets] ca. 1883. Paper, ink. Gift of Peter Neill 1997.027.0006A-F

#TodayInHistory #NYHistory #BrooklynBridge #Ephemera #SSSMCollections #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

This morning sail freight vessel Schooner Apollonia docked at Pier 16 to drop off  sustainable cargo for  the Fulton Sta...
05/23/2021

This morning sail freight vessel Schooner Apollonia docked at Pier 16 to drop off sustainable cargo for the Fulton Stall Market and other customers who pre-purchased goods from the Hudson Valley.

Later this afternoon, NYC Poets Afloat will hold their second annual group reading of poetry inspired by time spent afloat in the New York Harbor. This private event will take place on board our 1885 cargo ship Wavertree.bit.ly/PoetsAfloat21

The Seaport Museum is thrilled to share our outdoor spaces with both partner organizations, and we can’t wait to welcome the public back on Wavertree starting next weekend!

#SchoonerApollonia #WavertreeShip #SailCargo #SailFreight #HudsonValley #LowerManhattan #WhereNewYorkBegins #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #OurCityOurSeaport

This morning sail freight vessel Schooner Apollonia docked at Pier 16 to drop off sustainable cargo for the Fulton Stall Market and other customers who pre-purchased goods from the Hudson Valley.

Later this afternoon, NYC Poets Afloat will hold their second annual group reading of poetry inspired by time spent afloat in the New York Harbor. This private event will take place on board our 1885 cargo ship Wavertree.bit.ly/PoetsAfloat21

The Seaport Museum is thrilled to share our outdoor spaces with both partner organizations, and we can’t wait to welcome the public back on Wavertree starting next weekend!

#SchoonerApollonia #WavertreeShip #SailCargo #SailFreight #HudsonValley #LowerManhattan #WhereNewYorkBegins #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #OurCityOurSeaport

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