Category Archives: Preservation

Public Notice for the Ferryboat Binghamton

As outlined in this Public Notice, NOEL LOVE GROSS, TRUSTEE OF TRUST B UNDER ARTICLE IIIB OF THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF NELSON G. GROSS is seeking interested qualified parties to enter into an agreement to remove the ferryboat Binghamton from its current site, in Edgewater, New Jersey, for the purpose of preservation and restoration. The Public Notice period will expire after 90 days, on June 29th, 2016. In the event that no qualified parties come forward within the 90 period to enter into an agreement to remove the entire vessel, components of the vessel will be offered to historical organizations and museums for curation.

The ferryboat Binghamton, a National Register structure, was constructed from 1904-1905. This vessel was one of six steam-powered screw-propeller, double-ended ferryboats built by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock for the Hoboken Ferryboat Company. After her 62 years of service on the Hudson River between Hoboken and Manhattan, the ferryboat was sold and turned into a popular floating restaurant known as Binghamton’s in 1975. Unfortunately, the ferryboat is in poor condition due to damage sustained during Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012. The State of New Jersey has ordered the vessel’s removal for safety concerns.

Submitted by Teresa Bulger, Richard Grubb & Associates, April 1, 2016


Member Update – South Street Seaport Museum

WAVERTREE, South Street Seaport, New York

WAVERTREE, South Street Seaport, New York

We have great news! WAVERTREE, a cargo ship built in 1885 and crown jewel of the Museum’s fleet, will leave for shipyard Thursday, May 21st at 12:30pm to undergo a massive New York City-funded stabilization and restoration project — the largest project of its kind undertaken in recent U.S. history. The 130-year-old ship, built of riveted wrought iron, is archetypal of the sailing cargo ships of the latter half of the 19th century that would line South Street by the dozens at a time, giving it the moniker the “Street of Ships.”

This $9 million-plus stabilization and restoration project, to be undertaken at Caddell Drydock and Repair in Staten Island, will address critical long-term preservation of the ship, and will lay the groundwork for the re-rigging of WAVERTREE back at South Street upon her return in 2016. The WAVERTREE stabilization and restoration project is a key part of South Street Seaport Museum’s plan to revitalize the Lower Manhattan waterfront and highlight the meaningful historic connections of this important part of New York.

I hope that you will join me, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, and other City officials, in a celebratory send-off on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm on Pier 15. 

Submitted by Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of South Street Seaport Museum


Nantucket Lightship’s Aid to Navigation System to be Restored

Nantucket Lightship is home-ported in Boston. Photo courtesy of U.S. Lightship Museum.

Nantucket Lightship is home-ported in Boston. Photo courtesy of U.S. Lightship Museum

The U.S. Lightship Museum recently reported receiving “a $250,000 grant from American Express to rebuild its navigational light beacon, radio beacon structures, foghorn and on-board electrical systems.”

“Nearly 80 years after it began safeguarding the trans-Atlantic shipping lanes with its powerful guiding light, radio beacon and foghorn, Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 will once again be illuminated in its homeport of Boston. The ‘Statue of Liberty of the Sea,’ as it’s affectionately known, is a symbol of America’s development. Anchored 100 miles off the U.S. mainland near the dangerous Nantucket Shoals from 1936-75, it was the last landmark seen by vessels departing the United States and the first beacon seen by many immigrants entering U.S. waters. Restoration is underway on this former U.S. Coast Guard floating lighthouse to make it accessible for future generations to better understand the vital lightship era of our nation’s maritime history and to function as a floating learning center.”

Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 was designated a “National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2012.  To learn more about the National Treasures program and their partnership with American Express goto that program’s website. To learn more about the lightship’s restoration download the complete newsletter or visit their website.