Museum/Program/Site Activities: On the Water

A. J. Meerwald–Bayshore Center at Bivalve

The schooner A. J. Meerwald is New Jersey’s official tall ship. She is a restored two-masted oyster dredging schooner, 115 feet overall, 85 feet on deck, and has a 23-foot beam. Her home port is in Bivalve, Commercial Township, New Jersey. Launched in 1928, A. J. Meerwald was one of hundreds of schooners built along…

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum was founded in 1965 on Navy Point in St. Michaels, a Talbot County riverfront village on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus was once the site of a busy complex of seafood packing houses, docks, and workboats. A landmark on the campus, the Hooper Strait Lighthouse, has not…

Hudson River Maritime Museum

Located on the historic Rondout waterfront, the Hudson River Maritime Museum was established in 1980 to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret a collection of historical artifacts related to the maritime heritage of the Hudson River and its tributaries. This is the only museum in New York State exclusively dedicated to this mission. Offices, archives,…

Hudson River Greenway Water Trail

The Hudson River Greenway Water Trail is a National Water Trail open to recreational paddlers of all experience levels. With more than 100 designated access sites, the Water Trail is easily accessible to local and visiting paddlers. The Hudson River Greenway Water Trail is a partnership that was developed with the goal of providing one…

Lilac Preservation Project

Lilac is a retired Coast Guard cutter that carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys on the Delaware River from 1933 to 1972. USCGC Lilac is America’s only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now a museum ship, she is open to the public and offers interpretive…

WaterFront Center

The WaterFront Center was founded 17 years ago with the mission of connecting people to the water through education and recreation. People from all walks of life are able to access the waters of Oyster Bay and beyond with low-cost, inclusive hands-on programs, events, activities, and boat rentals.   PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The WaterFront Center, a…

Tribeca Sailing

Tribeca Sailing offers an elegant sailing tour of NYC Harbor aboard a classic sailboat. Two-hour sails for up to six passengers, seven days a week, five times a day.   PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Departing from North Cove Marina in Battery Park City, the touring party will sail past all the wonderful sights of NY Harbor: Freedom…

South Street Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum, founded in 1967, engages visitors and students in the history of the Port of New York, a place where goods, labor, and cultures are exchanged through work, commerce, and the interaction of diverse communities. Using historic ships, artifacts, and the buildings of the South Street Seaport Historic District itself, the…

SoundWaters

SoundWaters is the #1 choice of schools in the Long Island Sound region that study environmental and marine science. Led by a dedicated staff of experienced, professional educators on land and on-board its 80’ three-masted schooner, SoundWaters teaches over 32,000 students from 64 communities and 160 schools each year about Long Island Sound and its…

Pioneer at South Street Seaport Museum

The schooner Pioneer was built in 1885 in Marcus Hook, PA, as a sloop, to carry sand mined near the mouth of the Delaware Bay to an iron foundry in Chester, PA. She was the first of only two cargo sloops built of iron in this country, and is the only iron-hulled American merchant sailing…

Mystic Whaler

Mystic Whaler was built in 1967 for the New England windjammer trade and is a tribute to the coastal trading schooners that plied her home waters a century ago. In 1990, after 23 years of service, the Mystic Whaler was retired. In 1994, John Eginton, a former captain of the Mystic Whaler, formed Mystic Whaler…

Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of…

Lettie G. Howard at South Street Seaport Museum

Lettie G. Howard is the sole surviving example of a Georges Bank fishing schooner. Built in Essex Massachusetts, she exemplifies the type of craft used widely from Maine to the Gulf Coast. Operating out of Gloucester for her first eight years, Lettie was similar to the schooners that carried their catches to New York City’s…

Hackensack Riverkeeper

Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues. A founding member of Waterkeeper Alliance, the group engages in a fourfold strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education and litigation in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River Watershed from its headwaters…

Clearwater

The Clearwater is a full-size replica of the 18th and 19th century merchant vessels known as Hudson River sloops. She was built in 1969, when folk singer Pete Singer and a few Hudson Valley residents came together believing that by learning to care for one boat on one river, the public could come to care…