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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During this past volunteer Saturday workday we sanded, painted, oiled, primed, rust busted, and scraped, all while also ...
02/10/2020

During this past volunteer Saturday workday we sanded, painted, oiled, primed, rust busted, and scraped, all while also completing both whipping and a celestial navigation workshops!

If you are interested in volunteering, learning skills, and helping us preserve our historic ships visit our website: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan #volunteering #historicships

A huge thanks to all of the #volunteers who helped out on this past Saturday’s volunteer workday. We prepped and painted...
01/31/2020

A huge thanks to all of the #volunteers who helped out on this past Saturday’s volunteer workday. We prepped and painted, sanded and oiled, rust busted, ran engineering projects, completed a basic electrics workshop, and more! We work on the ships every #Saturday so come on over and say hi!

If you are interested in volunteering, learning skills, and helping us preserve our historic ships visit our website: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan #volunteering #historicships

During this past volunteer Saturday workday our volunteers assisted staff inventoried lines, oiled decking, prepped pain...
01/20/2020

During this past volunteer Saturday workday our volunteers assisted staff inventoried lines, oiled decking, prepped painting projects, continued mechanical projects, ran an eye splicing workshop, and so much more!

If you are interested in volunteering, learning skills, and helping us preserve our historic ships visit our website: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan #volunteering #historicships

During this past Saturday’s volunteer workday, we took advantage of the unseasonably balmy weather and completed a ton o...
01/14/2020

During this past Saturday’s volunteer workday, we took advantage of the unseasonably balmy weather and completed a ton of outdoor projects as well as an introductory knot tying workshop! Interested in volunteering and helping us preserve our historic ships in 2020? Click here: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan #volunteering #historicships

Our volunteers rang in the new year (and decade!) with our first Saturday volunteer workday this past weekend! Cheers to...
01/07/2020

Our volunteers rang in the new year (and decade!) with our first Saturday volunteer workday this past weekend! Cheers to 2020! Interested in volunteering and helping us preserve our historic ships in 2020? Click here: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan #volunteering #historicships

Our beloved 1885 schooner Pioneer has been headed up the Hudson to Scarano Boat Building in Albany, NY over the past few...
12/20/2019

Our beloved 1885 schooner Pioneer has been headed up the Hudson to Scarano Boat Building in Albany, NY over the past few days! The trip started Tuesday, December 17th, at 0700 from South Street alongside a scow pushed by tug Frances. She arrived to Albany roughly 24 hours later on Wednesday, December 18th.
Stay tuned for more updates!

Our beloved 1885 schooner Pioneer has been headed up the Hudson to Scarano Boat Building in Albany, NY over the past few days! The trip started Tuesday, December 17th, at 0700 from South Street alongside a scow pushed by tug Frances. She arrived to Albany roughly 24 hours later on Wednesday, December 18th.

Building on the excellent baseline of reconstruction done by Gladding-Hearn in the late 1960s, Pioneer will undergo further shipyard work this winter. She'll be thoroughly sandblasted, have repairs to her hull framing and shell plating, her masts will be removed and inspected, and perhaps most excitingly, she'll get a new engine! A cleaner, more reliable "tier-3" diesel engine, supplied by John Deere, will power Pioneer for the next decade and more.

Stay tuned for more updates on our social media accounts, and The Ships at South Street Seaport Museum, as the work progresses!

#schoonerPioneer #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #schooner #HudsonValley

This past Saturday was the last official volunteer Saturday workday of 2019! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to...
12/16/2019

This past Saturday was the last official volunteer Saturday workday of 2019! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who made this year exceptionally remarkable.

Interested in volunteering and helping us preserve our historic ships in 2020? Click here: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #volunteering #historicships #tallship #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan

During this past Saturday's volunteer workday, we completed several prepping and painting projects, engineering and meta...
12/09/2019

During this past Saturday's volunteer workday, we completed several prepping and painting projects, engineering and metal work projects, and we rigged up the side curtains to Wavertree’s quarterdeck awning, and more!

Interested in volunteering and helping us preserve our historic ships? Click here: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #volunteering #historicships #tallship #tugboat #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan

This year for #GivingTuesday we’re celebrating five decades of #volunteerism at the Museum! Throughout the day, be sure ...
12/03/2019

This year for #GivingTuesday we’re celebrating five decades of #volunteerism at the Museum! Throughout the day, be sure to check out the Museum main social media accounts, where we will be highlighting a few of our many dedicated volunteers, and click here to make a donation today: bit.ly/SeaportGiving

This year for #GivingTuesday, we’re celebrating five decades of volunteerism at the South Street Seaport Museum!

Throughout the day, be sure to check out our story, where we will be highlighting a few of our many dedicated volunteers who give us the gift of time year-round. Volunteers are the backbone of the Museum. Your support will allow their great work to continue, so we ask you to please consider making a donation to the Museum today.

Follow the link below to donate to our #GivingTuesday campaign or visit our website to learn more about volunteering. bit.ly/SeaportGiving

As always, a huge thanks to our waterfront volunteers who helped us complete a ton of great projects during last Saturda...
11/25/2019

As always, a huge thanks to our waterfront volunteers who helped us complete a ton of great projects during last Saturday’s workday. In addition to decorating the fleet for the upcoming holidays, and downrigging DECKER’s bow pudding and stern fender, our volunteers completed painting, oiling, additional rigging, moving, and carpentry projects! We couldn’t do it without you!

Interested in volunteering and helping us preserve our historic ships? Click here: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #volunteering #historicships #tallship #tugboat #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan

Thanks to our sail training volunteers, we set Wavertree’s main lower topsail during last Saturday’s volunteer workday! ...
11/11/2019

Thanks to our sail training volunteers, we set Wavertree’s main lower topsail during last Saturday’s volunteer workday! This was the last sail setting demonstration of 2019. Don’t worry if you missed it, we will pick up our sail training program again in the spring.

Interested in volunteering and helping us preserve our historic ships? Click here: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #volunteering #historicships #tallship #sailtraining #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan

During last Saturday’s volunteer workday we completed aloft and rust busting projects, a charter sail, and engine tune u...
10/28/2019

During last Saturday’s volunteer workday we completed aloft and rust busting projects, a charter sail, and engine tune ups. We downrigged PIONEER’s jibboom, set and furled WAVERTREE’s main lower topsail, completed engine tune ups on DECKER, and continued aloft and rust busting projects. Come join our wonderful volunteers on the waterfront!

Interested in volunteering and helping us preserve our historic ships? Click here: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #volunteering #historicships #tallship #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan

10/11/2019
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What was life like on a 19th century sailing ship? We spoke with Capt. Boulware of the South Street Seaport Museum to find out. Learn more on tonight’s episode of NYC-ARTS!

Last chance to cruise on W.O. DECKER for this season! DECKER's sailing season draws to a close next weekend. She'll leav...
10/05/2019

Last chance to cruise on W.O. DECKER for this season! DECKER's sailing season draws to a close next weekend. She'll leave Pier 16 for New York Harbor and lower Manhattan cruises on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:45pm and 3:45pm. Get your tickets and join us for what will surely be an exceptional and breathtaking close to the season!

Last chance to cruise on W.O. DECKER for this season!

DECKER's sailing season draws to a close next weekend. She'll leave Pier 16 for New York Harbor and lower Manhattan cruises on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:45pm and 3:45pm. Get your tickets and join us for what will surely be an exceptional and breathtaking close to the season!

For tickets and information click here: http://bit.ly/31NGR9j

Image credit Richard Bowditch

#WODECKER #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #newyorkcity #lowermanhattan #NewYorkHarbor #nyskyline #tugboat #historicship

Thanks to all of our rootin’ tootin’ volunteers who participated in last Saturday’s waterfront rodeo!! Contestants teste...
09/30/2019

Thanks to all of our rootin’ tootin’ volunteers who participated in last Saturday’s waterfront rodeo!! Contestants tested their seamanship skills and knowledge through a variety of activities including putting on PFDs blindfolded, dockline and heaving line throwing contests, knot tying races, trivia about the Seaport Museum, and more! These tasks are not only fun to learn and demonstrate, but are also real skills actively used in the maritime field. See you at the next rodeo!

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WavertreeShip #volunteering #training #seamanship

Thank you to everyone that helped make yesterday evening a great success, and for being with us as we celebrated five de...
09/20/2019

Thank you to everyone that helped make yesterday evening a great success, and for being with us as we celebrated five decades of volunteerism! #WhereNewYorkBegins

Dear Friends,

Last night aboard the sailing ship Wavertree, flagship of the Seaport Museum’s fleet of historic ships, a mighty crowd assembled to celebrate. The event was the result of a multi-month effort that brought together sponsorship support, an outstanding and unprecedented group of guests, and a truly wonderful party.

Our focus last night was a celebration of five decades of volunteerism at the Seaport Museum, from the founding volunteers who carved out the historic district to the sailing and ship-preservation volunteers that are at work every week aboard our ships.

Every single person I spoke with throughout the evening was effusive about the venue, the crowd, the food, the message... the Museum!

It was a grand party. The food and drink, provided by the Howard Hughes catering team, were outstanding. The talented Museum staff effectively communicated the Museum, its programs, its people, and its purpose. We celebrated the very best of the Seaport Museum, articulated why it is different and relevant, and we engaged the entire crowd (well over 450 of them!) in the effort to build this essential institution anew. The weather was perfect. The evening was perfect. And we hit all the marks: we raised the needed funds, had an outstanding assortment of guests, and made our objectives and our importance plain.

We, the staff and board of the Seaport Museum, extend warmest thanks to:

The sponsorship team, including the staff that led this and supported it, the Howard Hughes leadership team that leveraged their relationships to bring in new support, and the Museum trustees that engaged new sponsors and renewed old ones. This effort raised significant funds that will meaningfully support the Museum’s award-winning programming.

The event production team for putting together a gorgeous and flawless event, complete with sublime early autumn weather.

The programming team, which included everything from “dressing up” our ship to designing program demonstrations to expressing how and why we do what we do.

The staff and board who generated such a fantastic list of people to attend our event.

Last night's party wasn't just the biggest we've had; it was also the broadest representation of our various constituencies. We were in the company last evening of elected officials; volunteers; long-time donors; new donors; current and former trustees; civic leaders; community luminaries; leadership from local and important New York business, law, and industry; non-profit partners; preservationists; educators; community organizers... what a crowd!

If you missed this one, there’s next year. And for the many who inquired about volunteering and/or contributing to the Museum, here below are links to donate and volunteer. We’re glad to have your support in all the ways you’re able to offer it!

Excelsior!

(Huzzah!)

A HUGE thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped us out during Saturday’s volunteer workday. We worked on ...
09/16/2019

A HUGE thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped us out during Saturday’s volunteer workday. We worked on painting, woodworking, and sorting projects AND we set WAVERTREE’s main lower topsail! Saturday marks the first time WAVERTREE has had a square sail set since 2004.

Interested in volunteering and helping us preserve our historic ships? Click here: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #volunteering #historicships #tallship #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan

#TBT to 1896, a year when Wavertree visited San Francisco, as depicted in this drawing. This work is one in a series by ...
09/12/2019

#TBT to 1896, a year when Wavertree visited San Francisco, as depicted in this drawing. This work is one in a series by Mark Richard Meyers (b. 1945) that shows #WavertreeShip in a few of her ports of call including Antwerp, Calcutta, Taltal, and #NewYorkCity!

#TBT to 1896 when Wavertree visited San Francisco as depicted in this drawing. This work is one in a series by maritime artist Mark Richard Meyers (b. 1945) that shows Wavertree in a few of her ports of call including Antwerp, Calcutta, Taltal, and of course New York City!

Though Wavertree was a world traveling cargo ship from 1886 to 1911, she’s now the flagship of the South Street Seaport Museum’s historic fleet of ships. After her 2016 restoration, Wavertree now stands at her berth on Pier 16 as the archetype of the sailing ships that lined South Street during most of New York’s history. Visit and tour this amazing vessel for yourself! goo.gl/AuvHG1

Image: Mark Richard Myers (American, b. 1945) ”Wavertree off San Francisco Bay, September 1896” 1970. Paper. Gift of Renee Weinstein, South Street Seaport Museum 2006.010.0001.

#WavertreeShip #tallship #historicship #nyhistory #maritimehistory #southstreetseaport #ThrowBackThursday #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins

This past weekend our tug W.O. DECKER participated in the “Tugboat Roundup” a gathering of tugboats and other vessels an...
09/11/2019

This past weekend our tug W.O. DECKER participated in the “Tugboat Roundup” a gathering of tugboats and other vessels and a celebration of New York's maritime industry in Waterford, NY, and won People’s Choice Award, Best Vintage Tug Award, & First Place in the Nose-to-nose Pushoff awards.

Waterford sits at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers and is the gateway to the Erie and Champlain Canals. The Tugboat Roundup is a collaboration within NY’s maritime community. Boats come to the roundup from businesses, private owners, and from maritime museums. The festivities featured tugs, fireboats and working vessels along with a fleet of mini-tugs.

#WODECKER #tugboat #historicship #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped out this past late-summer/early-autumn Saturday! This weekend we started inte...
09/09/2019

Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped out this past late-summer/early-autumn Saturday! This weekend we started intensive aloft training, took up on dock lines and continued woodworking and painting projects.

Interested in volunteering and helping us preserve our historic ships? Click here: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #volunteering #historicships #tallship #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan

During last Saturday’s volunteer workday we completed tons of projects on the waterfront including work aloft, woodworki...
08/26/2019

During last Saturday’s volunteer workday we completed tons of projects on the waterfront including work aloft, woodworking, prepping and painting, engineering, getting underway for passenger cruises, and so much more.

Interested in volunteering and helping us preserve our historic ships? Click here: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #volunteering #historicships #tallship #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan

Do you know you can ride our historic tugboat around lower Manhattan 5 days a week? By popular demand we added additiona...
08/24/2019

Do you know you can ride our historic tugboat around lower Manhattan 5 days a week? By popular demand we added additional public cruises on weekends at 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, and 7pm, and Wed-Fri at 2pm and 7pm. To buy tickets, click here: http://bit.ly/31IyTyp

Do you know you can ride our historic tugboat around lower Manhattan 5 days a week? By popular demand we added additional public cruises on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2pm and 7pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, and 7pm.

Tickets are $35 (adults); $29 (seniors and children. No children under 10 permitted.) with Museum admission. Cruises at 7pm do not include museum admission and are $25. Discounts available for museum members. It’s such an amazing experience for all. We look forward to see you!

For more information and to buy tickets, click here: http://bit.ly/31IyTyp

Photo credit Richard Bowditch

#WODECKER #tugboat #historicship #newyorkcity #lowerManhattan #nycskyline #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

A huge thanks to all of our volunteers who helped during last Saturday’s volunteer workday! We worked on a variety of pr...
08/12/2019

A huge thanks to all of our volunteers who helped during last Saturday’s volunteer workday! We worked on a variety of projects including sanding and woodworking on AMBROSE, downrigging PIONEER’s sails, adjusting DECKER’s rudder angle indicator transducer before completing passenger sails, and bending on WAVERTREE’s main lower topsail!

Interested in volunteering and helping us preserve our historic ships? Click here: goo.gl/3SE4S5

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #volunteering #historicships #tallship #southstreetseaport #lowermanhattan

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Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
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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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