Last weekend, the Wavertree returned to Pier 16 the South Street Seaport to a celebration – live music, flag raising, and fireboats spraying. The 131 year old wrought iron ship underwent a 16 month restoration, with W as the lead design team, that included refurbishing the deck and replacing the hull and rigging. The ship is the only surviving wrought iron ship in the world. Jonathan Boulware, the director of the Seaport museum, said “No city in the US has ever undertaken a comparable muicipally-funded restoration of a sailing ship. 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. Wavertree is the very type of ship that made New York, New York.” Read more in the New York Times, the Smithsonian, and the Staten Island News.
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