***NOTE: Due to the unfortunate circumstances following Hurricane Sandy, Bridgewaters in unable to serve as the venue for our Annual Meeting on Saturday May 18th. We are delighted to change the venue of our Annual Meeting to the historic India House located at 1 Hanover Square.
The National Maritime Historical Society was founded in Washington, DC, fifty years ago, but its early home was in New York City, at South Street Seaport and the Brooklyn Firehouse. For our gala 50th anniversary celebration, there is no better place to meet than back in New York, which also gives us a chance to visit some of the city’s many maritime heritage sites. We have an active three-day celebration planned, and we hope you will join us. Good friends of the Society have graciously offered to donate to our celebration on your behalf to keep costs at a minimum. We ask you to let us know if you are thinking of attending, even if you can’t commit immediately, so we can keep you updated as new opportunities or changes develop.
Friday, May 17th: 10am we will meet at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86 on the Hudson River at 12th Avenue & 46th Street for guided tours ($22 charge per person). At noon, we’ll walk to the next pier over to catch the New York Waterway Ferryboat, which will take us to visit the city’s numerous historic ships by water. A stop at Pier 66 Maritime bar and grill (a.k.a. Krevey’s) is next, where we will eat lunch on the barge and visit the fireboat John J. Harvey with a personal tour by owner Huntley Gill, followed by a tour of the Frying Pan lightship. Back on board the ferry, we’ll travel to Pier 25 to visit with tugboat captain and owner Pam Hepburn aboard the 1907 tug Pegasus, which was active in both world wars and represents the tugs that went from steam to diesel propulsion and from riveted to welded construction. America’s only steam-powered lighthouse tender, the 1933 USCGC Lilac, will be open for NMHS members and you will get a first-hand look on deck and below, guided by Gerry Weinstein, museum founder, and Mary Habstritt, museum director and president. Our ferry tour will take us past North Cove Marina, where we will view the sailing yacht Ventura and schooner Shearwater, then around to Brooklyn, to view the Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge No. 79 with commentary by David Sharps and the tanker Mary A. Whalen with commentary by Carolina Salguero. We’ll disembark at Pier 11 at Wall Street at 4pm. Those who want to continue on the ferryboat will go to Chelsea Piers to catch an evening sail aboard the motor yacht Manhattan or the sailing ships America 2.0 or Adirondack. (The cost per person for lunch, tours, and the NY Waterway Ferry boat is just $75.)
Saturday, May 18th: Continental breakfast and registration are at 8:30am at INDIA HOUSE Restaurant at 1 Hanover Square. The NMHS Annual Business Meeting starts at 9:30am-sharp. Sea History Press will be introducing its new publication, A Dream of Tall Ships, about the founding of South Street Seaport, by Peter and Norma Stanford, who will give a short presentation and sign copies. New York State Historian Emeritus Dr. Joseph F. Meany, Jr. will discuss the port of New York during World War II. After a luncheon at Bridgewaters, we will tour the ships at South Street Seaport Museum; the Museum of American Finance, where founder John Herzog will speak with us; the Custom House, now the National Museum of the American Indian; and Federal Hall. ($86 per person includes continental breakfast, luncheon, and tours). At 5pm we’ll board a New York Waterway Ferryboat for a trip to SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, where we will tour the Maritime Industry Museum and enjoy a reception and dinner. ($65 per person covers the cost of the tour, reception, buffet dinner and one drink.) The use of the New York Waterways ferryboat is being donated by Mr. Arthur Imperatore, Sr., for our celebration.
Sunday, May 19th: 11am. We will board a New York Waterways ferry for Governor’s Island from Pier 11 at the foot of Wall Street. We’ll tour the old Coast Guard buildings, and Murray Fisher, founder and president of the Harbor School Foundation, will lead a tour of the Harbor School. After lunch, we’ll take the ferry to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum, where Daniella Romano, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation’s vice president for BLDG 92 Exhibits and Programs, will give us a tour. The ferry will return us to Pier 11 at 4pm. Those who need to leave earlier can return by ferry boat from Governor’s Island. (Cost for the ferry boat, lunch, and tours is $55.
We are particularly grateful to very good friends of the Society whose generosity has helped make this celebration affordable for our members. Thanks to Peter Glazier, owner of Bridgewaters, and Arthur Imperatore, Sr., owner of New York Waterway. We are grateful to Rear Admiral Wendi Carpenter, USN (Ret.), president of SUNY Maritime; and Dave Winters, Executive VP at Intrepid; Roberta Weisbrod and John Doswell, chair and president of the Working Harbor Committee; Susan Henshaw Jones, president of South Street Seaport Museum; John Herzog, founder, and David Cowen, president, of the Museum of American Finance; and the gallant historic ship, maritime museum, and education community that calls New York home.
Please consider becoming a sponsor of our 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting. A $1,200 sponsorship entitles you to a page in the special 50th anniversary Annual Meeting Journal and two tickets to all three days of events. $600 donors are entitled to a half page in the Journal and one place at all three days of events.
Please call us at (914) 737-7878 for more information on any of these events. Continue to check for updates as the dates get closer.
Hotel Accommodations: We have reserved a block of discounted rooms at two hotels within easy walking distance of Bridgewaters for 17–19 May. Please make your reservation right away. Reservations must be made before 3 April 2013 and will be accepted only until the block is full. Cancellations and revisions must be made thirty days before arrival. The group name is National Maritime Historical Society, and the group code for both hotels is NMH.
Hampton Inn Manhattan-Seaport, 320 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10038, Ph. 212 571-4400 or 646 833-1933; $229 room per night for 2 queen beds non-smoking, plus 14.75% tax & $3.50 room per night occupancy fee. For your convenience, we have added Thursday, May 16th to our block of rooms at a discounted price. You can use the following link to make reservations at the Hampton Inn directly online Click Here.