Seaport Museum - Tour of Restored Sailing Ship Wavertree
The Conservancy was pleased to invite members of its Professional Circle to a behind-the-scenes tour of the restored 1885 sailing ship Wavertree. This special tour was led by Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the South Street Seaport Museum, who oversaw this magnificent and unparalleled restoration.
The ship returned to the Museum’s East River pier 16 after undergoing a 16-month, $13 million restoration at Caddell Dry Dock and Repair Co. in Staten Island. The project, funded by the City of New York and managed by the Department of Design and Construction, is a crowning achievement for the Museum and for the City of New York.
Over sixteen months, the ship was structurally restored, re-rigged with more than 6 miles of wire and fiber rope, and made watertight with the installation of a new, steel main deck. With the restoration of Wavertree, New York pays due respect to its maritime heritage, engages current New Yorkers in their waterways, and lays the groundwork for education programming that will inform future generations.
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Throughout the year, Circle tours go behind-the-scenes of some of New York’s most interesting historic properties. Some tours require hard hats to visit projects during restoration, while others showcase completed restorations of commercial buildings, residences, museums, churches, and synagogues. On occasion, conservators, engineers, and craftspeople open their studios to our Circle members.