Speaker Series Aboard Waterfront Museum
A new and exciting 10-week speaker series aboard the Waterfront Museum in June, July and August highlights ship preservation projects and waterfront profiles that offer a glimpse of the many organizations that today foster active community stewardship along our backyard shores and waterways.
The Waterfront Museum speaker series, as well as its “Tug & Barge” Fall Tour, upriver is designed to bring locals and tourists to waterfront towns to celebrate our predecessors: Henry Hudson, Samuel DeChamplain and Robert Fulton. Remembering our forefathers serves to bring interest and attention back to our waterways — 400 years after the great explorations and 200 years after the beginning of steam-driven vessels.
Speakers and harbor profiles share ship preservation projects that weave the daily interaction of man (physical and financial challenges to keep a vessel afloat) and nature’s elements (wind, shipworms, currents, storms, etc) into adventure.
June 18: “The Restoration of the Lighthouse Tender LILAC” by Charlie Ritchie, Executive Director of the LILAC Preservation Project. Enjoy the labor of love put into the oldest U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender and New York City’s only historic steamship.
June 25: “Rebuilding the W.O. Decker” by Charles C. Deroko and the South Street Seaport Museum. View step by step photos of the shipyard craftsmanship that rebuilt this 1930 wooden harbor tug, and try your own seamanship skills at our tugboat activity table.
July 9: “The John J. Harvey Fireboat” by Huntley Gill and the Fireboat Crew. Discover a fireboat that pumped water to firefighters for 80 hours at the World Trade Center during and after Sept. 11 and became the focus of a children’s book
Presentations begin at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 is appreciated. Reservations are not necessary. More information and directions to the museum are available at www.waterfrontmuseum.org or by calling (718) 624-4719, ext. 11.
July 16: “Henry Hudson and his River” by Jack Putnam, South Street Seaport Museum. Relive Henry’s third voyage, and the four centuries of river history that followed.
July 23: “Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Launching and Restoration of the historic Hudson Sloop Clearwater ” by Capt. Samantha Heyman and Captain/Shipwright Nicholas Rogers.
July 30: “Plans for Atlantic Basin and the Oil Tanker “Mary A. Whalen.” PortSide’s director Carolina Salguero and designer Tim Ventimiglia, will recount the amazing history of a 1930s coastal tanker and outline their vision for the ship as a platform for educational programming, exhibits and events and for the maritime hub in Atlantic Basin that will be her home.
Aug. 13: “Holland on the Hudson – The United States & The Netherlands: Two Countries – One Spirit, United by Values, History and a Vision of the future” by Arjan Braamskamp of the Netherlands Consulate General in New York.
Aug. 20: “My River Chronicles – Rediscovering America on the Hudson” by Jessica DuLong. Join fireboat engineer and author, Jessica DuLong as she shares stories from four centuries of Hudson River history.
Aug. 27 “Restoration and Refit of the 102-year old Tugboat Pegasus” by Captain Pamela Hepburn of the Tugboat Pegasus Preservation Project and Marine Surveyor Charles Deroko.
Presentations begin at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 is appreciated. Reservations are not necessary. More information and directions to the Museum are available at www.waterfrontmuseum.org or by calling (718) 624-4719, ext. 11.