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Maritime Voyage

Grades 2-12

Application

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Themes

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

Grades

2-12

Location

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Pier 25 Tribeca

Pier 66 Chelsea

Length

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. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • 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