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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.

Program Objectives:

  • Students will learn the history of the New York waterfront from the 17th to 20th centuries through story-telling and applied enrichment games
  • 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 in Tribeca or a lightship at Pier 66a in Chelsea
  • Students will develop 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 lightship] 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