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A group of students show the knots they have learned to tie

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


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


  • “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