Alf Dyrland, Captain of the MARY A. WHALEN, 1958-1978

Alf Dyrland Collection By The Red Hook WaterStories team Alf Dyrland was Captain of the MARY A. WHALEN from her rechristening in 1958 until 1978 when he retired. He was her first captain; she was his last boat. Alf loved the MARY deeply.  As he lay dying in 1996, what he said out loud revealed […]

The Mary A. Whalen By The Red Hook WaterStories team

The MARY A. WHALEN is an early example of lap welding – the transition between riveting and the butt welding of today. She is also a rare surviving example of a bell boat. The oil tanker MARY A. WHALEN was launched May 21, 1938.  The ship is PortSide NewYork’s ambassador to the BLUEspace and site of our offices and many […]

Visit Ship Amistad at PortSide New York Today!

Today until 5pm, with an hour long break between 1pm and 2pm, you can tour the Amistad for free at Pier 11 of the Atlantic Basin in Red Hook. The ship will be docked alongside PortSide New York’s Mary A. Whalen, which will also be available to tour presenting African American Maritime Heritage programming. This […]

Cowhey Marine Hardware, c. 1862 – 2006 by The Red Hook WaterStories Team

Cowhey Marine Hardware operated in Red Hook for about 150 years. The rump remains of the business was at 440 Van Brunt Street, the northwest corner of Van Brunt and Beard Street, and closed in 2005. Cowhey donated their final inventory to PortSide NewYork who has kept sample selections of their marine hardware and their 1941 […]

“Tug Talk: Mariners’ Names for Red Hook” by The Red Hook WaterStories Team

Tug captains use landmarks (points on land visible from the water) to tell other mariners and the Coast Guard VTS (Vessel Traffic Service – the harbor equivalent of air traffic controllers) where they are.  This is not always as straightforward as it sounds, but it is proof that maritime history lives on. A typical radio […]

Shaft Alley Saloon by The Red Hook WaterStories Team

“We have mostly men here – very few women.  No unattached women permitted at the bar. That’s a simple way of preventing trouble.” One of the best known watering holes in Red Hook was the Shaft Alley saloon. Fortune magazine, in a 1937 essay about the New York Waterfront, said” You won’t find enlisted men over on […]

Red Hook Business Mixer and Holiday Potluck

We are very excited to be hosting this community business mixer/holiday party along with our friends at PortSide New York! We cherish any chance we get to gather with folks from our neighborhood and are so lucky to be a part of the tight-knit community of Red Hook businesses. If you are a Red Hook […]

NYC Ferry in Red Hook + Free Breakfast at PortSide!

Big news for Red Hook this week!!! June 1st will mark the first day the Red Hook ferry will begin running. The very first boat will launch at 6:52 AM.  To celebrate this event, PortSide New York will be serving up a free continental breakfast on the historic ship Mary H. Whalen right next to […]