South Street Seaport Museum
Historic Schooner Pioneer To Visit Haverstraw
South Street Seaport Museum announces that the historic schooner Pioneer will make a port visit to Rockland County for a week in September. Pioneer will sail with groups of local students, each of which will participate in Pioneer’s award-winning shipboard education program. Students will haul on lines to raise sails; learn the science, math and technology of sailing; measure water quality; and experience the river from a new perspective. Pioneer has the unusual distinction of having been a working vessels for her entire life. Originally built to carry sand, she now sails with a different cargo: students. In her role as floating classroom, she will offer an engaging laboratory on the water experience to local youth. Pioneer will also be available for public sails and charters during her visit.
Pioneer will arrive in Haverstraw on Monday September 14, 2015, with educational sails on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Education Sails for Scout and school groups are available that week, as are private charters of the schooner.
Pioneer’s Haverstraw Schedule
Wednesday – Friday 9:30 – 1:30 local elementary schools; additional afternoon sails available
After-school sails available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Evening sails available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Public sails Saturday 11 – 4; additional sails available Saturday evening
Sailing trips are open to the general public on Saturday, September 19 from 11am – 1pm, and from 2pm – 4pm. Trips leave from the Haverstraw Marina in West Haverstraw. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for age 2-11, $5 for children under 2. Reservations recommended. For more information or reservations visit southstreetseaportmuseum.org. Private charters are also available; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pioneer was built as a sloop in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania in 1885 to carry sand mined near the mouth of the Delaware Bay to an iron foundry in Chester, Pennsylvania. Ten years later she was re-rigged as a schooner. In the days before paved roads, small coastal schooners such as Pioneer were the delivery trucks of their era, carrying various cargoes between coastal communities: lumber and stone from the islands of Maine, brick on the Hudson River, and oyster shell on the Chesapeake Bay. Almost all American cargo sloops and schooners were wood, but because she was built in what was then this country’s center of iron shipbuilding, Pioneer had wrought-iron hull. She was the first of only two cargo sloops built of iron in this country, and is the only iron-hulled American merchant sailing vessel still in existence. By 1930, when new owners moved her from the Delaware River to Massachusetts, she had been fitted with an engine, and was no longer using sails. In 1966 she was substantially rebuilt and turned into a sailing vessel once again. Today she plies the waters of NY Harbor carrying adults and children instead of cargo in her current role as a piece of “living history.”
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.”