'Wavertree' Boarding Returns to Seaport

The 270-foot-long, three-masted "Wavertree" is one of the world's last iron-hulled sailing ships. Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib

Among the city’s cultural institutions set to reopen is one that floats: Wavertree at the South Street Seaport.

The South Street Seaport Museum will again welcome visitors aboard its 1885 tall ship on Sept. 5, 6, 19, and 26, with timed, free entry from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be access to the ship’s outdoor areas, including the main and raised-rear decks. Indoor spaces remain closed.

Seaport Museum president Jonathan Boulware talks about "Wavertree" during the celebration of its arrival in 2016 after a 16-month restoration. 

“Wavertree,” docked at Pier 16, at Fulton and South Streets, is typical of the tall-masted ships that in its heyday lined the busy East River waterfront from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Battery. Saved from oblivion by the museum in 1968, the 270-foot-long, three-masted vessel underwent a 16-month, $13 million restoration that was completed in 2016.

“With new protocols in place to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff, we look forward to welcoming you on board in the coming weeks,” Jonathan Boulware, the museum’s president and CEO, said in a statement.

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