South Street Seaport Museum
announces its next
Free Fridays program
September 30, 2016 from 3pm-7pm
South Street Seaport Museum announces its Free Fridays program on September 30, 2016 from 3pm-7pm. The Seaport Museum will offer free admission to its exhibition Street of Ships: The Port and its People, as well as thematic educational and programmatic activities including special tours, artisan demonstrations, talks and lectures, and hands-on activities for the whole family. More information can be found online at https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/free-fridays/.
September’s Free Fridays program will include access to the main deck of the newly restored, 1885 full-rigged cargo sailing ship Wavertree, which the Seaport Museum welcomed back to Pier 16 this month. Wavertree was built at Southampton, England in 1885 for R.W. Leyland & Company of Liverpool and one of the last large sailing ships built of wrought iron. Today, she is the largest afloat. Wavertree was first employed to carry jute, used in making rope and burlap bags, between eastern India (now Bangladesh) and Scotland. When less than two years old she entered the tramp trade, taking cargoes anywhere in the world she could find them. After sailing for a quarter century, she limped into the Falkland Islands in December 1910, having been dismasted off Cape Horn. Rather than re-rigging her, her owners sold her for use as a floating warehouse at Punta Arenas, Chile. She was converted into a sand barge at Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1947, and was acquired by South Street Seaport Museum in 1968. Wavertree is an excellent example of the sort of ships one might have seen on any given day here at South Street, the “Street of Ships.”
The Free Fridays program will continue on October 28, 2016 from 3-7pm.
This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Office of New York Assembly Member Alice Cancel.
ABOUT SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM
South Street Seaport Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located in the heart of the historic South Street Seaport district in New York City. Founded in 1967, the South Street Seaport Museum preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, the Museum houses galleries and performance spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, a maritime library, a maritime craft center, and a fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.” https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org