Street of Ships: The Port and Its People On View at the South Street Seaport Museum

Street of Ships: The Port and Its People On View at the South Street Seaport Museum

Today, New York City is a world leader in commerce, finance, media, fashion, entertainment…the list goes on and on. Much of the city’s 21stcentury success can be attributed to its role as the world’s busiest port from the mid 19th to early 20th century.

If you want to take a step back in time and learn more about the city’s seafaring heyday, check out Street of Ships: The Port and Its People, a new exhibition at the South Street Seaport Museum. The new exhibit, on view in the attraction’s main lobby, showcases art and artifacts from the museum’s permanent collections that relate to the 19th-century history of the Port of New York. While viewing the items on display, museumgoers will get a better understanding of the role the Seaport at South Street, aptly nicknamed the “Street of Ships,” played in securing NYC as America’s largest city and one-time busiest port.

The exhibition also includes an in-depth look at the history of the museum’s 1885 full-rigged sailing cargo ship, Wavertree.  The vessel is currently being restored and objects, images and video of the multi-million-dollar undertaking are also on view. Wavertree will return to the Seaport in July 2016. Street of Ships: The Port and Its People is on view thru 2016.

Pictured: “Ships at dock, South Street” by Thomas Kennedy, circa 1900-1920; Glass plate negative, 5x7; Thomas Kennedy Collection, SSSM 2002.001.0035

 

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