Location: West End Avenue/Western Waterfront.
IT’S TIME TO CLIMB ABOARD THIS YEAR’S TALL SHIP-
THE SCHOONER MYSTIC
Each year thousands of people rush to the Oyster Festival in anticipation of the Tall Ships that will be present. This year won’t disappoint as we welcome a beauty- The Schooner Mystic, a newly launched (2007) three-masted, gaff-rigged, square topsail schooner. She is home-ported in Mystic, Connecticut from June through September. In the winter months her sailing waters are in the Bahamas. Mystic is a U.S. Flagged vessel; she and her Officers are certified for Open Ocean Routes, and she carries all U.S. Coast Guard required safety equipment for those routes.
John J. Harvey Fireboat
On September 11, 2001, the boat's owners asked FDNY officials for permission to assist in evacuations from Ground Zero. Meanwhile, due to many damaged water mains, fire crews were deprived of water. Officials radioed the Harvey to drop off her passengers as soon as possible and return to the disaster site to pump water, reactivating her official designation Marine 2. Alongside FDNY fireboats Firefighter and John D. McKean, she pumped water at the site for 80 hours, until water mains were restored.
The John J. Harvey served the FDNY from her launch in 1931 to her retirement in 1994. At 130 feet and 268 net tons, she is among the most powerful fireboats ever in service. She has five 600 HP diesel engines, and has capacity to pump 18,000 gallons of water a minute. Her pumps are powerful -- enough so that when she and the George Washington Bridge were both brand new, she shot water over the bridge's roadway. .
Her owners have been working since 1999 to raise awareness of the importance of historic vessels to the history of New York City and the United States - and they are succeeding! With their trips up the Hudson, they are promoting interest in the waterfront for towns in New York State. They offer public access to the harbor, training in new skills, and a chance to preserve an important part of history.
Also present will be The Christeen, a 40-foot gaff rigged sloop. She is the oldest oyster sloop in America and a National Historic Landmark. She was originally built in 1883 for Captain William Smith in Glenwood Landing, New York for the purpose of harvesting oysters in Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor. Over her 125 years, the Christeen served not only as an oyster dredge but also as a cargo carrier and live-aboard between Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
ANNE, 1884 Oyster Sloop
Anne is pronounced “Annie”, which was a standard pronunciation of that spelling in 1884 when she was built in Smithtown, Long Island. It is our language that has changed in the last 126 years, not her name. She was built by local townspeople as repayment to the grocer for debts incurred during hard times.
Originally Anne was a gaff rigged centerboard sloop with no engine. She was used to carry deck cargo.