South Street Seaport Museum Ships Falling Apart

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The iconic ships at the South Street Seaport Museum in Manhattan might be going away.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond: The Fear Is The Museum Might Have To Sell The Ships

The Peking, the Wavertree, and the Ambrose were once proud symbols of New York’s nautical history and big tourist attractions.

Now, Roland Lewis, president of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, said they’re “floating paperweights.”  

The Wavertree was built in 1885; the Ambrose in 1908; and the Peking was launched in 1911.

Lewis says the tall ships are the victims of years of mismanagement and neglect by the museum. There is rotting wood on the ships, along with rust, and corrosion on the hulls.

It’s breaking the heart of Peter Stanford, who founded the museum in 1968.

“It’s a brutal shock because this was one of the places where a New Yorker could find his or her own stake in history,” he says.

He is among a group of people who, along with Lewis, sent out an SOS.

“It’s as if someone took the MoMA art collection and shipped it to another city. These things belong here. They’re part of what the city’s all about. That’s why the city is here. They need to stay here,” says Lewis.

“There are people within the city that need to come forward and say what we’re going to do to fix it. Think about Obama and GM. We took over that company, us – the United States, and made it work,” he says.

The museum is drowning in debt and the fear is that it will sell the ships to stay afloat.

The museum is located at 12 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038.

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  1. Stop the Evil says:

    Great opportunity for an investigative journalist!
    Where did the money go?
    Rumor has it that there was money but the
    opportunity was wasted!
    How can the Museum management be held
    accountable for the evil and damage they
    have caused.
    Its time for them to go! hopefully to prison,
    they are the worst form of elitist parasites and
    should be driven out ASAP!

  2. p says:

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  3. kendra says:

    they need to fix that system if its such a legend to tourists and all ..makes for good money and illumati…

  4. HooDatIS? says:

    OUR KIDS NEED THINGS TO DO, INTERESTING SIGHTSEEING EVENTS ARE ONE OF THEM
    REMODEL THIS PLACE AND OPEN UP IT FOR OUR YOUTH
    IT CAN BE ANOTHER PLACE WERE THEY CAN SEE AMAZING STUFF AND DREAM BIG, CAN WE DO THIS NEWYORK? ONE KID AT A MUSEM IS ONE LESS KID IN LOCKUP CAN I GET A AMEN
    VISIT MY BLOG
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/sos-help-out-saint-louis-storm-victims-red-cross-taking-donations/

    1. What the shizzle? says:

      The city is festooned with museums. I say sink these tubs and open an outback steakhouse there. There is plenty for kids to do in NYC: it’s up to their lazy-ass parents, not the gov’t.

      1. thetrickster says:

        Yea… we all need another outback steakhouse to fill our fat gourds. At least we’ll know where to find the lazy parents.

  5. Jerry Shanahan says:

    China can make 3 plastic replicas and no one will know the difference.

  6. Lucius Junius Brutus says:

    How could the management not be aware that ALL ships have half lives requiring extensive and expensive repairs. That’s why we are not pushed off the Island of Manhattan by every ship that berthed .
    The wood ones are destroyed by worms, the steel ones are gigantic rust machines and electric batteries.
    If you don’t pull out and caulk your wood hulls every two or three years, you will be sailing a worm eaten, barnacled, weedy pile of driftwood. The metal hulls just turn to iron oxide and you can punch a hole in one with a broomstick.
    Didn’t they know these things? They ought to be keel-hauled!

    1. SeaDog says:

      So true, many of us have worked to keep at least the Pioneer and Lettie G. Howard in good shape. We could do more if there wasn’t resistance from the top. Help us, visit http://saveourships.wordpress.com/author/saveourships/ and find out what you can do.

  7. George says:

    Sure, the Hobbit (Bloomberg) will cough up millions to paint useless bike lanes, but will not pay to restore historic ships. What a brain!

    1. Paul says:

      Bike lanes are a lot more useful than your negativity.

      1. Avid cyclist says:

        Bike lanes = unnecessary waste of precious tax payer money.

  8. Leo Katz says:

    This is just the first step to developers stepping in to build waterfront condos.

    1. WOODSIDE MIKEYm says:

      IN 20 YEARS THE INTREPID WILL BE IN THE PLACE!!! EVEN WITH OUR FAKE SPACE SHUTTLE….THERE IS A HISTORY OF MISMANAGEMENT AT THAT PLACE ALSO!! TOP DOWN… W A T C H!!!!

  9. Dave R says:

    What is the point of having a “museum” if the ships aren’t going to be there? This is a shame and the people managing the museum ought to be sued for malfeasance by the donors who’ve supported it.

  10. Father O'Blivion says:

    Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust.

  11. Marina Ios says:

    i dont know why, but life, here in nyc, is becoming really sad….

  12. mikebux says:

    I do not see a problem selling these ships. At least they will be restored and properly cared for.

    1. Paul says:

      Yea, maybe China will buy them.

      1. China says:

        We already own them, as we own you.

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