Maritime Voyage

Grades 2-12


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New York City; Maritime and Waterfront History; Navigation; Knots; Boat Design




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Pier 25 Tribeca

Pier 66 Chelsea


90 minutes

The West Side waterfront is full of historical artifacts and maritime stories. Students learn about NYC’s rich waterfront history while they tour a historic vessel and practice nautical skills like knot tying. 


  • Students will learn the history and trends of the New York waterfront from the 17th to 20th centuries through a story and applied enrichment game
  • Students will tour a historic vessel to understand its historical significance
  • Students will be able to identify different parts of either a steamship at Pier 25 or a lightship at Pier 66
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of three knots: square, bowline and cleat hitch

What teachers say about the program:

  • “This program was engaging and connected well to the Common Core Learning Standards.  It is great that [the Frying Pan light ship] tour addressed science and history concepts.  Not only did they learn about the parts and the mechanics of a lightship, they were able to appreciate the role that a lightship played in our nation's history.” -5th Grade Teacher, Queens