The Ships at South Street Seaport Museum

The Ships at South Street Seaport Museum South Street Seaport Museum is home to a fleet of five historic vessels that typify ships that made New York City a global commercial and cultural capital.
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Black Lives Matter.
06/02/2020

Black Lives Matter.

Old-time sailors on long voyages spent months living together in close quarters with no outside entertainment, no new pe...
05/30/2020

Old-time sailors on long voyages spent months living together in close quarters with no outside entertainment, no new people to interact with, a monotonous diet, and each day pretty much just like the day before. How did they keep their spirits up? Singing together!

Work songs and fun songs, story songs and nonsense songs, songs of nostalgia and songs of up-to-the-moment news — all were part of the repertoire onboard. At South Street Seaport Museum, the Chantey tradition lives on.

Join us next Sunday, June 7th, 2-5 pm ET for a new virtual session of sea chantey and maritime music. This event is free, but registration is required. For more information, and download a free a custom background click here: seaportmuseum.org/chanteysing/

For this week’s #SeaportMuseumAtHome Elena Granado, Volunteer Program Manager, is sharing how she’s keeping volunteers a...
05/29/2020

For this week’s #SeaportMuseumAtHome Elena Granado, Volunteer Program Manager, is sharing how she’s keeping volunteers active and engaged, with remote happy hours and virtual workshops!

Hi all! I’m Elena Granado, Volunteer Program Manager, and I run the Museum’s dedicated and lovely volunteer program! For this week’s #SeaportMuseumAtHome I’m sharing how I’ve been keeping our volunteers active and engaged.

Although we have paused volunteer projects on our fleet of historic ships, we are still keeping busy through virtual events. Alongside our waterfront staff, I have been putting together webinars and virtual workshops for our volunteers and the general public! A few examples include a ship collisions webinar with a panel of industry professionals in collaboration with Billion Oyster Project staff; a knot-tying workshop with our fleet captain Malcom Martin; and the upcoming celestial navigation webinar with ship Wavertree’s rigger Siyu Chen.

In addition, every other week I welcome all of our volunteers to join me online to raise a glass (or two) and share quarantine stories at our virtual happy half hours.

#MuseumFromHome #CultureFromHome #NYFromHome #volunteers #virtuallearning #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

Today is #MemorialDay and we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. This New York City fer...
05/25/2020

Today is #MemorialDay and we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. This New York City ferry Gold Star Mother, named for the mothers of fallen soldiers, reminds us of the sacrifices of our soldiers and their families.

Today is Memorial Day and we honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military.

This aerial photograph shows the New York City ferry Gold Star Mother who was launched in 1937 with sister ferries Mary Murray and Miss New York. This trio of municipal ferries was the first to feature feminine namesakes. Gold Star Mother was named to honor the mothers of soldiers who died during World War I. The name came from the tradition of families hanging a gold star in their windows to honor a deceased veteran. We wanted to share this piece of New York history to commemorate the sacrifices made by both members of the armed forces and their families.

Image: Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc. “Gold Star Mother Ferry” April 21, 1938. Photograph. Gift from an anonymous donor, South Street Seaport Museum 2018.008.0084

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Welcome to a new edition of #SeaportMuseumAtHome! Today we’ll take a look at what our Marketing Dept. has been up to as ...
05/22/2020

Welcome to a new edition of #SeaportMuseumAtHome! Today we’ll take a look at what our Marketing Dept. has been up to as they work to promote the Museum’s institutional priorities.

Welcome to a new edition of #SeaportMuseumAtHome! Today we’ll take a look at what our Marketing Dept has been up to as they #workfromhome to promote the Museum’s institutional priorities.

This month we finalized a long-running project to make much needed updates to our website that improve both user and content-creator experience. This work was predominantly digital already so we were able to transition to working at home pretty easily. The new design and structure allows us to showcase important aspects of the Museum that we previously could not. So the most visited areas of our site have been expanded to include more dynamic content. This is most evident in our expanded collections portal where visitors can now see more than 120 images of objects and artifacts. Stay tuned to seaportmuseum.org as we continue to update and expand the site with additional images, videos, a blog, and more. ‪—‬Kenneth Sommer, Creative Director.

In addition to our new website we have been focusing on our expanded newsletter and increased social media content as ways to continue connecting with our community. We are also collaborating with industry partners and peers to move forward and eventually welcome in-person guests back to the Museum when we can safely do so. ‪—‬Michael Yuen-Killick, Senior Director of Marketing and Sales.

#MuseumFromHome #CultureFromHome #NYFromHome

Happy #NationalMaritimeDay!
05/22/2020

Happy #NationalMaritimeDay!

The United States is a maritime nation. From our origins up to this very day, the Merchant Marine is central to our country’s foundation.

In 1933, Congress declared #NationalMaritimeDay to commemorate the American steamship Savannah’s voyage from the United States to England, marking the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with steam propulsion. On May 22, 1819, the hybrid sailing ship and steamship Savannah departed from Savannah, Georgia. Although the majority of her pioneering voyage was done under sail, Savannah can be considered the earliest side-wheel transatlantic steamship.

Image: Harold Polyblank (1903-1982) “Savannah” mid-20th century. Wood, paint, thread. Peter A. and Jack R. Aron Collection, South Street Seaport Museum 1991.069.0133.

#maritimeheritage #maritimeday #maritimehistory #shipmodel #SSSMcollection #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #MuseumFromHome #CultureFromHome

05/18/2020
South Street Seaport Museum

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay!

Today we celebrate International Council of Museums - ICOM’s International Museum Day, a day established in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society.

The Seaport Museum provides a unique New York experience for people of all ages, origins and backgrounds. The Museum connects visitors to New York City history in an experiential environment, including exhibitions and programs, historic ships and buildings, collections and archives, and 19th century-inspired job printing shops.

We educate diverse communities through shared history and encourage research and discovery of the rich maritime heritage history of New York and future reflections on global maritime industries and movements.

Reminisce with us through this video filmed last summer. We look forward to when we can welcome you back on South Street!

#IMD2020 #InternationalMuseumDay #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins

Today’s #SeaportMuseumAtHome concentrates on our Collection Department and how they research and access our archives and...
05/15/2020

Today’s #SeaportMuseumAtHome concentrates on our Collection Department and how they research and access our archives and artifacts to answer questions from other institutions and museum professionals, publications, authors, and individuals. #CultureFromHome

Happy Friday! I’m Michelle Kennedy, the Collections and Curatorial Assistant, and for today’s #SeaportMuseumAtHome I can tell you how my department uses the Museum's archives and artifacts to answer questions and investigate history.

Answering researchers has always been one of my favorite responsibilities. Every question we receive is a new angle, a new story, to explore through the collection. Since we get requests from historians, authors, students, and individuals researching their family trees, we never get the same question twice!

When I could work on site, I only had to walk into the Museum’s storage areas to access our collections. After the pandemic outbreak, our team had to quickly adapt how we answered researchers since we were going to be accessing our storage areas just once a week for essential preservation and collections care duties, including monitoring for temperature, humidity, and pests, walk-through the facilities to spot check building issues, and overall keeping storage secure. Martina, the Director of Collections, is the dedicated essential collections staff member that does on-site weekly monitoring and provides quick support to the research tasks that needed in-person examination, or imaging.

Thankfully, there is a lot I can do from home to help our researchers. Our collection management database is cloud-based, and I can search through thousands of entries for material relevant to each request. I also spend a lot of time looking through the incredible online databases of The Library of Congress and NYPL The New York Public Library to send researchers more resources. For digitized primary and secondary sources I often search on HathiTrust which has millions of titles.

Conducting research is an important aspect of the work of any museum, and it is central to the mission of the South Street Seaport Museum.

#SeaportMuseumAtHome #MuseumFromHome #ArchivesFromHome #CultureFromHome #NYFromHome #nyhistory #fromthearchives #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

Today we invite you to  recreate trade-card illustrations and drawings from our collections, with objects and people in ...
05/12/2020

Today we invite you to recreate trade-card illustrations and drawings from our collections, with objects and people in your homes!

Stay tuned here, and our Twitter and Instagram accounts, where we’ll share and update as we get more submissions from staff and friends.

#MuseumWeek #CultureinQuarantineMW #StayHome #QuarantineLife #MuseumFromHome

Today we invite you to recreate trade-card illustrations and drawings from our collections, with objects and people in your homes!

Inspired by the Getty Museum’s challenge, we selected 10 items that we feel you can recreate, with a few of us kicking off this fun stay-at-home activity. We challenge our friends at New-York Historical Society, National Archives at New York, The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor, and Turnstile Tours to join the fun with our objects or ones from their own collection!

Stay tuned here and on our Twitter and Instagram accounts where we’ll share and update as we get more submissions from staff and friends.

#MuseumWeek #CultureinQuarantineMW #StayHome #QuarantineLife #MuseumFromHome #CultureFromHome #NYFromHome #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

05/09/2020
South Street Seaport Museum

If you missed yesterday’s online program on our collections with Turnstile Tours, do not worry. The recording is now available online on the South Street Seaport Museum page. Thank you for joining us yesterday!

If you missed yesterday’s online program “Hospital Ships and Shipwright Tools: Exploring Collections of the South Street Seaport Museum” with Turnstile Tours, do not worry! The recording is now available on Facebook. Thank you for joining us yesterday! We hope you enjoyed it.

#virtuallearning #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #MuseumFromHome #NYFromHome #CultureFromHome

Yesterday we held another Virtual Volunteer Happy Half Hour! Thanks to the 35 volunteers and staff who shared a drink an...
05/09/2020

Yesterday we held another Virtual Volunteer Happy Half Hour! Thanks to the 35 volunteers and staff who shared a drink and some laughs with us! Are you an active volunteer and missed last night’s event? We will host another on May 22nd so check out upcoming volunteer newsletters for more info! In the meantime, stay safe out there!

#SeaportMuseumAtHome #volunteers #culturefromhome #museumfromhome #nyfromhome #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

Tune in on Friday, 5/8 at 11am to dive into our collections and archives around the topics of New York City’s shipyards,...
05/06/2020

Tune in on Friday, 5/8 at 11am to dive into our collections and archives around the topics of New York City’s shipyards, ocean liners, and hospital ships!

This online program is free and organized with Turnstile Tours. Register online at turnstiletours.com to join the conversation!

Tune in on Friday, May 8th, at 11am, to dive into our collections and archives! Director of Collections Martina Caruso will share her expertise on collections care and museum documentation of the large holdings of the Museum around the topics of New York Harbor’s shipyards, shipwright tools, ocean liners, and hospital ships.

Register online at turnstiletours.com to join us for this free and open to all event!

Image: Wendell Lorang Maritime Postcard Collection. South Street Seaport Museum Archives.

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05/05/2020
South Street Seaport Museum

TODAY is #GivingTuesdayNow! Our fantastic Board is generously matching every donation made on 5/5 dollar for dollar. Will you give today at seaportmuseum.org/donate to help the Museum reemerge from this unparalleled time? Your gift will go 2X in the next 24 hours!

#GivingTuesdayNow is today! This new global day of giving and unity was planned as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please consider making a donation at seaportmuseum.org/donate to support our work today to help us continue to interpret the very birthplace of this city we love through the South Street Seaport Museum’s historic buildings, ships, and collections.

Our fantastic Board of Trustees is generously matching every donation made on #GivingTuesdayNow dollar for dollar, up to $7,000. Will you give today to help the Museum reemerge from this unparalleled time? Your gift will go twice as far in the next 24 hours!

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins

Join us next Friday, May 8, for a virtual program with our friends at Turnstile Tours! This virtual talk will focus on h...
05/03/2020

Join us next Friday, May 8, for a virtual program with our friends at Turnstile Tours! This virtual talk will focus on history of the working waterfront of New York, with particular attention to hospital ships, shipyards, and shipwright tools in the Museum’s collections and archives. FREE, but registration is required at turnstiletours.com

Join us next Friday, May 8th, for a virtual program with our friends at Turnstile Tours! This virtual talk focuses on artifacts and archival materials that underscore the important history of the working waterfront of New York in the Museum’s collections and archives. We will look closely at photographs, ships models, shipwright tools, and a wide variety of ephemera around the topics of hospital ships, and shipyards in New York.

The program is free and it will be hosted online, but space is limited. Please be sure to register at the link below, and you’ll receive instructions for how to log in online: https://turnstiletours.com/

Image: Ira Bushey Shipyard, ca. 1940-1950. Silver gelatin print. South Street Seaport Museum Archives

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Happy 53th Birthday to us! 🎂
04/28/2020

Happy 53th Birthday to us! 🎂

Happy Birthday to us! 🎉 Today marks 53 years since the Seaport Museum's charter was signed. We are especially grateful for the work of the forward-looking preservationists who, more than half a century ago, made the Museum a reality.

Like many museums, at the time of its founding the Seaport Museum had no headquarters, no art collection, no ships, and no professional staff. It was founded by preservationists and individuals passionate about maritime heritage. As the Museum’s May 1967 newsletter announced, after receiving its charter, the Seaport Museum “...came into being through the work of friends, as a volunteer committee…Its destiny rests now with people who work for the idea.”

Today, Museum President Capt. Jonathan Boulware states: “It's important, even in challenging times, perhaps especially during challenging times, that we recognize simple things. The birthday of the Seaport Museum is one of these. Our work has not stopped; the importance of the Seaport Museum has not diminished. And during this difficult time, we pause to celebrate this precious place and its people, the Museum within the South Street Seaport Historic District, birthplace of New York as we know it. Happy Birthday, South Street Seaport Museum!"

Images from the Museum’s Institutional Archives.

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04/28/2020

The Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, just honored our COVID-19 frontline workers with a flyover salute over New York City and New Jersey. Thank you!

Cooped up in one place with the same people? That was the life of sailors on long voyages! Enliven your day the same way...
04/26/2020

Cooped up in one place with the same people? That was the life of sailors on long voyages! Enliven your day the same way they did: with rousing songs!

Join us for Virtual Chantey Sing next Sunday, May 3, 2-4 pm ET. From living rooms and kitchens, and even from the deck of Wavertree, join us for a round-robin of shared songs, featuring members of the New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear.

The event is FREE, but registration is required. Click the link below to receive a Zoom link, 24 hours prior to the event. Seaportmuseum.org/ChanteySingMay

It’s Friday and we have a new episode of #SeaportMuseumAtHome!Today we present what our Director of Historic Ships and o...
04/24/2020

It’s Friday and we have a new episode of #SeaportMuseumAtHome!

Today we present what our Director of Historic Ships and our Fleet Captain are doing to preserve our fleet of #historicships at South Street while working from home.

It’s Friday, and we have a new episode of #SeaportMuseumAtHome! Today we’ll present what our Director of Historic Ships and our Fleet Captain are doing to preserve the fleet of historic ships at South Street while working from home.

Jesse Lebovics, Director of Historic Ships is remotely monitoring our collection of historic ships at South Street and the restoration of schooner Pioneer in the shipyard. “Our remote monitored waterfront security systems trackshore power, interior temperature of the vessels, and potential flooding. A uniquely useful feature is an accelerometer which measures the potential accelerated movements of our historic ships. This means if the vessel is hit by a strong wake, a powerful squall, or a direct impact, the waterfront team gets the information in real time which allows for the fastest possible response. The spike shown in the graph is from a system test!”

Capt. Martin here: “I have been working to add and organize thousands of photographs of our schooner Pioneer, spanning two decades, into the Museum’s digital archive naming system. This process is a bit tedious, but also exciting, as it will exponentially expand our searchable records of the Museum’s ship archive.
I also have been working with key waterfront staff to create procedures to mind the fleet of ships safely. Last, but not least, we are continuing to monitor the excellent work getting done on Pioneer in the shipyard, at Scarano Boat in Albany, while we cannot be up there to see it in person.”

#MuseumFromHome #CultureFromHome #historicship #shippreservation #maritimemuseum #nyhistory #nyfromhome #southstreetseaport #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

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South Street Seaport Museum is home to a fleet of 5 ships including the 1907 lightship Ambrose, a “floating lighthouse” to guide ships safely from the Atlantic Ocean into the broad mouth of lower New York Bay; the 1885 ship Wavertree, one of the last large sailing ships built of wrought iron; the 1885 schooner Pioneer, an authentic 19th Century Schooner, with public sails daily from May thru October; the 1893 schooner Lettie G. Howard, one of few surviving examples of the fishing schooners once in wide use in the North Atlantic; and the 1930 last surviving, New York built, wooden steam tugboat W.O. Decker.

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