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South Street Seaport Museum  A cultural institution dedicated to preserving the story of the rise of New York as a port city and its role in the development of the US ⚓️

#OnThisDay in 1907 Thomas W. Lawson, the only seven-masted schooner ever built, sank off the Isles of Scilly. Aside from her record number of masts, Thomas W. Lawson was the largest modern ship powered purely by sail, with a gross registered tonnage of 5218 tons.
The steel-hulled, 395-foot long schooner was built by the Fore River Ship & Engine Company in Quincy, Massachusetts and was completed in July 1902. Her size wasn’t purely for show: her volume was meant to make her competitive with coastal steam colliers. The coal trade was booming at the beginning of the 20th century as the new electrical plants powering America’s urban centers and factories needed fuel. The design of Thomas W. Lawson had some advantages over the steamships: she could be sailed with a crew of 18 while a similar-size steamer would require at least twice as many crew members. Thomas W. Lawson was powered by (free) wind energy, while steamships would have to buy and store fuel for their journey which would take up precious cargo space.
Thomas W. Lawson’s short career ended while carrying case oil on a transatlantic voyage from Pennsylvania to England. She anchored in a precarious position off the Isles of Scilly to ride out a gale on December 13, 1907. After struggling against the storm though the early hours of the following day, she capsized and sank, killing 16 of her 18 crew, and an English pilot who had already boarded.

Image: “Thomas W. Lawson” n.d., hand-colored vintage silver print. Gift of Mrs. Edward Swan, 1980.270.0006

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This charming trade card for the Cutting & Bradt dry good store depicts popular winter pastimes like ice fishing, ice boating, and ice skating. Though most New York City residents would have to leave the city to go ice fishing or ice boating, it’s relatively easy to go ice skating in the 5 boroughs at any time of year.

Though ice skating came to Manhattan with the early Dutch and English colonists, skating became wildly popular with the opening of the Central Park lake, or skating pond, in 1858. Rinks and ponds emulating, and improving on, the Central Park lake sprang up in Brooklyn and Manhattan throughout the second half of the 19th century. The most famous seasonal ice rink in New York City today is the Rink at Rockefeller Center. First opened in 1936, Rockefeller Center attracts hundreds of thousands of skaters each year.

If you’re looking to skate in the the South Street Seaport Historic District, you’re in luck. The seaport is getting a temporary ice skating rink and winter market called #SkateTheSkyline on the rooftop Pier 17!

Image: Cutting & Bradt Dry Goods Trade Card, n.d., paper and ink. South Street Seaport Museum Trade Card Collection, 2003.025.0009

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The South Street Seaport Museum tells the story of how New York’s great natural harbor gave rise to the metropolis we know today: the story of the ships, the people who sailed them, the cargoes they carried, and the businesses that served them. Students can experience all this and more at the Seaport Museum, without ever leaving the dock!
Aboard our 1885 ship Wavertree, docked at Pier 16, students can experience the world of trans-Atlantic sailors through hands-on activities, including hauling on line to raise sail at the dock!
To learn more about all of our education programs, click the link in bio.
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Another successful volunteer workday in the books! Each Saturday, volunteers, interns, and staff work together to maintain and interpret our stationary historic ships, and operate, maintain, and interpret the operational vessels. These projects are essential to the effort at the South Street Seaport Museum in preserving our fleet.

Interested in volunteering on weekdays or weekends? We operate volunteer projects Tuesdays through Saturdays from 0900-1700 year-round, so let us know if you'd like to come help out! Click the link in in bio for more information.

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The new winter session of miniMATES starts on January 9th! Sign up for the South Street Seaport Museum's early childhood activity program, today.
Our early learning program uses themed songs, stories, art projects, and hands-on activities to teach program participants and their caregivers about boats and ships, marine life, and artifacts in a playgroup setting. miniMATES targets key aspects of development for children ages 18 months – 4 years, from language to creativity to fine-motor skills.
The winter sessions will run from January 9 through March 21. Families can choose from three time slots for the duration of the sessions. There is limited space, so register now by clicking the link in bio.
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#OnThisDay in 1862 Harper’s Weekly published this engraving of the ironclad USS Passaic highlighting the impressive armament carried in the ship’s turret.

Passaic was built at Continental Iron Works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, for the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was designed by John Ericsson, who had designed the famous USS Monitor the year before. After the experimental Monitor was recognized as a success, the Union ordered a series of ironclads based on Monitor’s design. For Passaic, Ericsson made some changes to the Monitor design, including adjustments to the ship’s armament.

This Harper's Weekly engraving shows Passaic’s two large Dahlgren smooth-bore guns: one 11-inch and the other 15-inch, each weighing 42,000 pounds. The larger of the two Dahlgren guns, which were also known as “soda-bottle” guns due to their shape, could fire a shot weighing 425 pounds over a mile.
Image: Harper's Weekly, publisher. “Interior of the Turret of the ‘Passaic’” December 6, 1862 p. 773. Paper, ink. Gift of Mavis P. Kelsey, M.D., 1998.007.0308

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#OnThisDay in 1933 the 21st—or Repeal—Amendment was fully ratified. After 13 years of #Prohibition, Americans were once more free to buy, sell, and consume alcoholic beverages.

During Prohibition, domestic brewing and distilling of alcohol couldn’t keep up with American demand, causing “rum-running” from neighboring countries to become a lucrative business. Much of the alcohol that came through New York City was smuggled in by small motorized launches that would meet ships carrying liquor across international waters. These launches would then dart to shore, all the while dodging Coast Guard patrols. Supplementing these organized bootleggers were the ocean liners that arrived daily carrying thousands of passengers. It was the responsibility of U.S. Customs to detect and seize alcohol hidden among both the passengers’ luggage and any commercial cargo carried by the ship. Since ocean liners were allowed to serve alcohol upon exiting U.S. waters, most ships carried alcohol on board. These supplies were meant to be locked up once the ship was under U.S. jurisdiction, but passengers and crew often tried to slip some bottles ashore. RMS Adriatic of the White Star Line, SS Arabic chartered by Red Star Line, and SS Deutschland of the Hamburg America Line were just a few of the liners involved in the seizure of illegal alcohol in New York Harbor during Prohibition.

Image: [Customs Officers Inspecting Crates] n.d., vintage silver print. US Custom House Collection, 2005.USCH.0406

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Are you coming to the seaport district this evening, to enjoy the Holiday Block Party and the traditional Christmas tree lighting? Stop by the Museum’s lobby at 12 Fulton Street, and Bowne & Co. print shops to see our exhibitions and purchase vintage paper gifts, holiday cards, books, toys and more! All locations will be open late, until 7:30 pm.🎄🎁 #southstreetseaport #seaportdistrictnyc #holidaygifts #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum

#Hanukkah begins today at sunset, and ends at sundown on Monday, December 10. We hope to see you at our Bowne & Co. print shops at 209-211 Water Street in the next 8 days as we have new sets of hand-printed letterpress Hanukkah cards.

Happy December! This miniature Singer sewing machine is our new Object of the Month and will be on view in our visitor center at 12 Fulton throughout the month, Wed-Sun 11am-7pm.
At only 6 inches tall, this sewing machine may look like a cute decoration, but once threaded, it was capable of making real stitches by turning the hand wheel. Tiny sewing machines were produced as early as the 1860s, and although they were occasionally advertised as a “travel-size” machine for adults, they were mainly marketed as an educational toy for girls as young as four. The Singer model no. 20 was touted as “A Singer for the Girls” that “Teaches them to make clothes for their dolls.” Makers of children's’ toys and games would often highlight how their products taught boys and girls skills for their future roles in society. For girls, who were expected to grow up to be mothers and homemakers, toys focused on domestic work like sewing and mending clothes. For manufacturers like Singer, selling toy sewing machines had the added benefit of training the next generation of consumers to buy their products.

Image: The Singer Manufacturing Company (American, 1851-present). “Miniature Singer Sewing Machine with Iron Clamp” ca. 1920. Iron. Gift of Ethel Holder, South Street Seaport Museum 1997.023.A-.B

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Author Ted Scull still recalls the impressive ocean liners and handsome break-bulk cargo ships that piqued his interest back in 1964 New York. What began as a job in the passenger department for Holland America Line transformed into a passion for the waterfront that has spanned over half a century.

Come down to South Street next Wednesday, December 5th, at 6:30 pm, to hear Scull’s fascinating stories of his time as a travel writer producing maritime and New York-based travel guides: one authorized by the City of New York, focusing on the Staten Island Ferry, and the second on Hoboken’s innovative, waterfront Beaux Arts Lackawanna Terminal and third, working on Pier 40, the great variety of cargo ships and passenger liners that served the port. Reserve your ticket today by clicking the link in bio!

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Happy #ThrowbackThursday! Did you know that the tea district developed in lower Manhattan, New York? Since the early 19th century, several tea companies have been based within the Wall Street area, primarily on the cross streets of Front, Water, and Pearl. The Seaport Museum has various tea trade artifacts, including a large collection of historic artifacts and memorabilia from the Hakim Tea Corporation, founded by Clement M. Hakim in the early 20th century. The Hakim Tea Corporation was a major importer of tea and helped develop the market for instant tea after World War II. Hakim was the leading importer of Indonesian tea for New York City, and Nestle became his biggest customer with their Nestea line.
Seen here are two objects from the Clement M. Hakim collection that one of our Collections Care Interns recently researched, cataloged, and filed a condition report for. The first object is a large tea crate, used to transport and distribute large quantities of tea from Indonesia to New York. The second object is a silver tea canister used to distribute small quantities of loose leaf tea.
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