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Preserving South Street SeaportThe Dream and Reality of a New York Urban Renewal District$
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James M. Lindgren

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479822577

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479822577.001.0001

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“Ships, the Heart of the Story”

“Ships, the Heart of the Story”

How Tall Ships Became Big News

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Preserving South Street Seaport

James M. Lindgren

NYU Press

This chapter examines the restoration of a fleet of historic ships as part of the preservation of South Street Seaport. Planned as a representative sample of New York's harbor in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, these ships became possible through the efforts of such individuals as Peter M. Stanford and Karl C. Kortum. The chapter considers the role played by Stanford and Kortum in assembling square-riggers, including Kaiulani and Wavertree, on the East River, that put Gotham back to the square-rigged era. It also considers other ships that were targeted for historic preservation, including the paddle-wheeler Alexander Hamilton, the square-rigged Moshulu, the steel-hulled barque Peking, and other everyday tugs and lighters.

Keywords:   ship restoration, historic ships, South Street Seaport, New York, Peter M. Stanford, Karl C. Kortum, square-riggers, Wavertree, historic preservation, Peking

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