The Noble Maritime Collection

The Noble Maritime Collection Welcome friends and fans of John A. Noble and Sailors' Snug Harbor! The mission of the Noble Maritime Collection, an art and history museum in Staten Island, New York, is to present exhibitions and programs that celebrate the working waterfront of New York Harbor in the tradition of distinguished artist John A.
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Noble, and to preserve Robbins Reef Lighthouse and the history of Sailors’ Snug Harbor.

Operating as usual

02/07/2021

The Noble Maritime Collection will be closed today due to the snow.

Stay safe and we'll see you next week!

01/30/2021
Noble On Watch - History of the Staten Island Ferry

Most people do not realize that ferries have existed to and from Staten Island since the time of the Lenape. As the island evolved and its transportation system became more elaborate the ferries that operated also changed. This video features more than 400 years of Staten Island ferry service, and it includes the entrepreneurs involved, the ferryboats themselves, and the landings that existed all around this once isolated island.

01/29/2021
Noble On Watch - History of the Staten Island Ferry

Most people do not realize that ferries have existed to and from Staten Island since the time of the Lenape. As the island evolved and its transportation system became more elaborate the ferries that operated also changed. This video features more than 400 years of Staten Island ferry service, and it includes the entrepreneurs involved, the ferryboats themselves, and the landings that existed all around this once isolated island.

Now open at the museum is the new exhibition E.F. Neilson (1865-1909): Paintings by a New Brighton Artist in the Sailors...
01/28/2021

Now open at the museum is the new exhibition E.F. Neilson (1865-1909): Paintings by a New Brighton Artist in the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Collection. It will be on view through July 25, 2021. Neilson was a skilled amateur artist with a penchant for painting activity in New York Harbor as seen from the shores of Staten Island. His father was a tea merchant, and he was born in Hong Kong in 1865. By the time he was ten, his family settled on Staten Island and moved into his mother's family home. The Fiedler Mansion was a prominent home on the corner of St. Peter’s Place and Richmond Terrace in New Brighton. This area of New Brighton is now considered part of St. George. This exhibition marks the first time these 19th-century paintings are on public display. It is also the first time the museum is simultaneously debuting an online version of an exhibition, which can be found at noblemaritime.org/neilson.

🖼 The Steamer Old Dominion Plying between Norfolk and New York, Oil on canvas, 1894, The Collection of the Trustees of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor in the City of New York

Our friends at Staten Island Museum have been sharing objects from the institution's vast collection each day on social ...
01/27/2021

Our friends at Staten Island Museum have been sharing objects from the institution's vast collection each day on social media, and it's fascinating. Follow them to see a new Staten Island treasure each day! Today they shared an image that relates to our upcoming Virtual Lecture: The History of the Staten Island Ferry, this Friday 1/29 at 7 PM. It will be led by everyone's favorite historian, Pat Salmon History. You can view the program here on Facebook or at noblemaritime.org/now anytime after its premiere. Visit Staten Island

Do you call it "the boat" or "the ferry"?

Staten Island Ferry, President Roosevelt, entering slip.
Partial view from upper level, St. George terminal, Staten Island.
June 1924.
Collection of the Staten Island Museum

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01/16/2021
Noble On Watch - Mariners' Family Asylum

Historian Pat Salmon's presentation looks at an institution that was officially opened in Stapleton in 1853. Over the years it was home to thousands of women who were unable to care for themselves after the mariners who supported them retired, were lost at sea, or were permanently injured. The history of how and who built the facility, who the 'inmates" were, and why Staten Island was chosen to house these women is featured.

01/15/2021
Noble On Watch - Mariners' Family Asylum

Historian Pat Salmon's presentation looks at an institution that was officially opened in Stapleton in 1853. Over the years it was home to thousands of women who were unable to care for themselves after the mariners who supported them retired, were lost at sea, or were permanently injured. The history of how and who built the facility, who the 'inmates" were, and why Staten Island was chosen to house these women is featured.

Apparently sea shanties are hot right now on TikTok, and "2021 is the year of the sea shanty."  We've always known these...
01/14/2021
Everyone’s Singing Sea Shanties (or Are They Whaling Songs?)

Apparently sea shanties are hot right now on TikTok, and "2021 is the year of the sea shanty." We've always known these traditional sailors' work songs are fun and uplifting, and preserve an important maritime musical tradition. For over a decade, The Noble Maritime Collection has hosted Sea Shanty Sessions led by the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc.. The next virtual session is this Sunday, January 17 at 2 PM. You can watch live right here on Facebook, or to join in, sign up at https://bit.ly/2LpA5Up. Visit Staten Island The New York Times Rebecca Renner - Author

Hauling sail into 2021 like “soon may the Wellerman come …”

Local artists do so much to support the Noble Maritime Collection, and we are proud to be a part of the cultural communi...
01/12/2021

Local artists do so much to support the Noble Maritime Collection, and we are proud to be a part of the cultural community with them. As they do every year, our friends at Staten Island Arts are offering grants to artists, non-profit organizations, and collectives who have ideas to create and present work in the borough in 2021. Applications are due at the end of this month, and if you are a first-time applicant, you must attend a seminar, the last of which is tomorrow, January 13.

Funding for Your Art Project! Let us help you make your art dreams come true! Our application deadline is quickly approaching and last info sessions are Jan. 9, 11, and 13. First-time applicants are encouraged to apply. Many individuals have begun their journey into grant funding with a grant from us!

We offer grants to artists of all disciplines, arts education providers, and collectives and organizations producing art or cultural programming on Staten Island. First-time applicants are required to attend an info session. RSVP today: https://statenislandarts.org/events/
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12/31/2020
Virtual Reading: The Tempest

Virtual reading of The Tempest in collaboration with Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company and Scholar Jill Levenberg.
The opening scene of Shakespeare's play The Tempest is brought to life through discussion and a dramatic reading. Follow Miranda as she discovers the magic and betrayal surrounding a shipwreck in this festive, Elizabethan-inspired event.

12/30/2020
Virtual Reading: The Tempest

Don’t miss the premiere of a virtual lecture on The Tempest in collaboration with Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company, and Scholar Jill Levenberg. The opening scene of Shakespeare's play is brought to life through discussion and a dramatic reading. Follow Miranda as she discovers the magic and betrayal surrounding a shipwreck in this festive, Elizabethan-inspired event.

This holiday season, we're pleased to present you with the museum's newly redesigned and expanded newsletter, Hold Fast!...
12/24/2020

This holiday season, we're pleased to present you with the museum's newly redesigned and expanded newsletter, Hold Fast! We hope you enjoy it, particularly the lead article by John A. Noble's son, Allan. To view a PDF of the full publication, visit http://www.noblemaritime.org/hold-fast-online
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Hold Fast! Winter 2020/21 was sponsored by the NYC & Company Foundation (NYC: The Official Guide).

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Happy Holidays from your friends at the Noble Maritime Collection! In this photo, Kate Walker writes notes in her logboo...
12/23/2020

Happy Holidays from your friends at the Noble Maritime Collection! In this photo, Kate Walker writes notes in her logbook with her Christmas tree in the background at Robbins Reef Lighthouse.

The museum will be closed to the public on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, but will otherwise be open from Thursday to Sunday from 12 to 5 PM.

Join us this Sunday, December 20 at 2 PM for Virtual Sea Shanty Sessions!  To participate in this event, register for fr...
12/18/2020

Join us this Sunday, December 20 at 2 PM for Virtual Sea Shanty Sessions! To participate in this event, register for free through Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/3myAGzx. You will be emailed the Zoom link for access. Registration is limited to the first 100 people, but the event will also be livestreamed here on Facebook. Sing along on Zoom or just listen here from the comfort of your own home, but either way, we hope you'll join us!

📚 Songs of the Sea and Sailors' Chanteys: An Anthology, Selected and Arranged by Robert Frothingham, Hougton Mifflin Company, 1924

FREE admission to all visitors today, Saturday, December 12, as well as a 10% discount in the museum shop (20% for Noble...
12/12/2020

FREE admission to all visitors today, Saturday, December 12, as well as a 10% discount in the museum shop (20% for Noble museum members). This is in celebration of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden's Cottage Row Holiday Market. The museum will be open from 12 to 5 PM. Our friends at Staten Island Museum are also offering free admission during their hours of 12 to 4 PM, as well as 10% off in their museum store (Staten Island Museum members enjoy an additional 10% discount). Come one, come all, and be merry! Visit Staten Island

This Saturday, December 12, in celebration of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden's Cottage Row Holiday Mar...
12/09/2020

This Saturday, December 12, in celebration of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden's Cottage Row Holiday Market, The Noble Maritime Collection will offer free admission to all visitors, as well as a 10% discount in the museum shop (20% for Noble museum members). The museum will be open from 12 to 5 PM. Our friends at Staten Island Museum will also offer free admission during their hours of 12 to 4 PM, as well as 10% off in their museum store (Staten Island Museum members enjoy an additional 10% discount). Come one, come all, and be merry! Visit Staten Island

This holiday season, visiting the Noble Maritime Collection is a safe, socially distant, and inexpensive activity to do ...
12/05/2020

This holiday season, visiting the Noble Maritime Collection is a safe, socially distant, and inexpensive activity to do with family and friends! Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 5 PM, and admission is always by donation.

12/05/2020
Virtual Lecture: Made on the Kill Van Kull

The Kill Van Kull was an important waterway going back to the 1700s. Villages soon developed where ferries had begun operating. Nineteenth-century industrial inventions and innovations brought economic changes to Staten Island around 1818 when a dye house and printing works was established in West New Brighton. The New-York Dyeing and Printing Establishment was soon followed by an array of companies from Mariner’s Harbor to New Brighton. Flour, paint, soap, gypsum board, ships, ferries, and more were manufactured along the Kill Van Kull. Even a whaling company-operated! Discover the stories behind these enterprises during “Made on the Kill Van Kull.”

12/02/2020
Virtual Lecture: Made on the Kill Van Kull

The Kill Van Kull was an important waterway going back to the 1700s. Villages soon developed where ferries had begun operating. Nineteenth-century industrial inventions and innovations brought economic changes to Staten Island around 1818 when a dye house and printing works was established in West New Brighton. The New-York Dyeing and Printing Establishment was soon followed by an array of companies from Mariner’s Harbor to New Brighton. Flour, paint, soap, gypsum board, ships, ferries, and more were manufactured along the Kill Van Kull. Even a whaling company-operated! Discover the stories behind these enterprises during “Made on the Kill Van Kull.”

Join us this Friday night, December 4 at 7 PM for Virtual Lecture: Made on the Kill Van Kull by historian Patricia Salmo...
12/01/2020

Join us this Friday night, December 4 at 7 PM for Virtual Lecture: Made on the Kill Van Kull by historian Patricia Salmon! The Kill Van Kull was an important waterway going back to the 1700s. Villages soon developed where ferries had begun operating. Nineteenth century industrial inventions and innovations brought economic changes to Staten Island around 1818, when a dye house and printing works was established in West New Brighton. Flour, paint, soap, gypsum board, ships, ferries, and more followed and were also manufactured along the Kill Van Kull. Discover the stories behind these enterprises with us on Friday! You can watch here on Facebook or on the museum's website at noblemaritime.org/now.

Today is GivingTuesday, a global movement to support non-profits.  The Noble Maritime Collection was created by members ...
12/01/2020

Today is GivingTuesday, a global movement to support non-profits. The Noble Maritime Collection was created by members of the community who wanted to preserve and celebrate Staten Island's maritime art and history. Despite this year's difficulties, the museum is open and we have a slate of quality virtual programming to share with you in the new year. If you are able to help us continue our work, you can donate at http://www.noblemaritime.org/donate. We appreciate it!

11/20/2020
A behind the scenes look at the 32nd Annual John A. Noble Art Auction

Thank you to everyone who liked and commented on all of the auction art that we shared with you over the past month. The generous artists and donors of these pieces made the 32nd Annual John A. Noble Art Auction possible, as they do year in and year out. A very special thank you to those of you who participated in the auction by bidding, making a donation, or simply showing your support by watching the livestream, which can still be viewed at noble.givesmart.com. Please enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at how the museum's small staff, supported by our dedicated volunteers, pulled off this unique virtual event last Saturday.

Today is National Homemade Bread Day!  Did you know that Sailors' Snug Harbor had a large commissary staff?  In 1900 whe...
11/17/2020

Today is National Homemade Bread Day! Did you know that Sailors' Snug Harbor had a large commissary staff? In 1900 when 1,000 sailors lived at the Harbor, this staff was required to cook three meals a day for that many people! Here, two cooks pose with their baked goods.

📷 Sailors’ Snug Harbor Commissary employees, 1921
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We are excited to co-present our fifth Virtual Sea Shanty Sessions with the Folk Music Society of New York, today at 2 P...
11/15/2020

We are excited to co-present our fifth Virtual Sea Shanty Sessions with the Folk Music Society of New York, today at 2 PM. The event is free, but if you would like to sing or play along, register as a participant on Eventbrite, through the event linked above. The session will also be livestreamed here on the museum's page for all to enjoy.

📷 Michael McWeeney
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11/14/2020
The 32nd Annual John A. Noble Art Auction is tomorrow at 7 PM! We invite you to tune in a little earlier at 6:40 PM to w...
11/13/2020

The 32nd Annual John A. Noble Art Auction is tomorrow at 7 PM! We invite you to tune in a little earlier at 6:40 PM to watch Meghan from The Coupe in Stapleton show how to make the night's signature drink, The Navigator.

If you are interested in making the drink, the recipe is below.

2 oz. gin
1 oz lemon
.5 oz dry vermouth
.25 honey syrup

To make the honey syrup, combine equal parts hot water and honey, stir to combine. Any extra syrup will last 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

There is also still time to register for the auction, so visit noble.givesmart.com!

This rare John A. Noble lithograph could be yours tomorrow at The 32nd Annual John A. Noble Art Auction. Noble was parti...
11/13/2020

This rare John A. Noble lithograph could be yours tomorrow at The 32nd Annual John A. Noble Art Auction. Noble was particularly fond of vintage “two-stacker” ferry boats. The idea for this image came out of his opinion that ferry boats were disappearing from lower New York Harbor. In an 1983 interview with the museum’s founder Erin Urban, Noble said, “when I first came to New York, you could move from any one part to any other part of the City any time of day or night by ferry or trolley car….How do you get from Bayonne to New York now? You go like a drowned rat in a tunnel!" Noble probably would have approved of the renewed use of ferry boats for travel throughout New York City.

🖼 John A. Noble (1913-1983), Ghost of a Bygone Ferry, A Downtown Trilogy #1, Lithograph, Edition 225, 1973, 13 7/8” x 18”, Gift of Bob Skeele

The Noble Maritime Collection’s annual art auction is a Staten Island tradition. It is the museum’s premier fundraising event with proceeds supporting exhibitions and programs for students and the broader public. Due to the pandemic, this year’s auction will be presented virtually, with guests invited to attend safely from the comfort of their homes. Auctioneer Scott Van Campen, Executive Director of MakerSpace NYC, will conduct the event livestreamed from the museum. For the first time, bidding is open to anyone around the world. Registration is required, but it is free and easy to do.
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The 32nd Annual John A. Noble Art Auction is this Saturday at 7 PM, livestreamed at noble.givesmart.com.  There is still...
11/12/2020

The 32nd Annual John A. Noble Art Auction is this Saturday at 7 PM, livestreamed at noble.givesmart.com. There is still time to view the art and register by visiting noble.givesmart.com, or by texting NOBLE to 76278. If you win a piece of art, pick-up will be at the museum starting on Monday 11/16. Please call ahead at 718-447-6490. If you require shipping, it is available through our partner, Postal Connections. You can get a quote before you bid and arrange for shipping by contacting them at (718) 980-2000 or [email protected]. You can view their website at www.postalconnections210.com.

(Image: The first lot in the Noble Art Auction, Michael McWeeney's Front Five, a giclée of an infrared photograph, 2020, 7 ½” x 15 ½”)

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Take the subway to South Ferry. The Staten Island Ferry is a free trip and runs every 15 minutes at weekday rush hour and every 30 minutes for the majority of the day and weekends (Ferry info, click here). From the ferry terminal at Staten Island take the S40 bus, it is a very short trip. There is a bus stop located at the front gate of Snug Harbor. Once inside the gate, notice the signs for The Noble Maritime Collection which is the second building from the left. (Note: Walking time from the ferry terminal is approximately 40 minutes, a nice walk along the waterfront)

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