MARY Month of May celebrates 80 years of Maritime History

MARY Month of May celebrates 80 years of Maritime History

MARY Month of May celebrates 80 years of Maritime History

Red Hook

Come enjoy the May festival of diverse FREE maritime programs—the “MARY Month of May"—in honor of the 80th birthday on May 21 of the historic ship, the tanker MARY A. WHALEN, located at Pier 11, the Atlantic Basin next to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The MARY was built for a Red Hook company and she has national significance. Come celebrate her and Red Hook this May!  In addition to the special events, the MARY's main deck is open for TankerTime Monday - Friday, 10am to 6pm, and often on weekends.

Visit PortSide’s e-museum Red Hook WaterStories that tells maritime history from new and more inclusive perspectives and includes an in-depth guide to contemporary Red Hook’s shopping, dining, parks, non-profits, and transit to facilitate your visit to this evocative, historic neighborhood.


Red Hook WaterStories: Talk with a Historian

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
5:00 PM  8:00 PM
Red Hook Library

On social media and in person at the Red Hook Public Library, join the conversation about Red Hook history. We will be asking questions to Red Hook nostalgia groups on Facebook, asking questions in the library, and sharing between the digital and physical conversations. Come tell your stories, and your family stories, of living, working or playing in and around the waters of Red Hook.

Hung out on the Long Pier? Swam at Edison Beach? Worked at Todd's or Busheys? Fishing? Hurricane Sandy? Any neighborhood story that has a water element we want to know. 

Don't have a story? Come follow along, ask questions, enjoy the anecdotes with the PortSide team working on our digital museum Red Hook WaterStories.



MARY Art Inspiration Day & Birthday TankerTours

Sunday, May 20, 2018
8:00 AM  6:00 PM

Calling all creatives! Are you a painter, sketcher, illustrator, poet, photographer?  Come create work inspired by MARY and our evocative maritime location. Find colleagues who are similarly inspired.

Artists are invited as of 8:00am; and at 1:00pm, the public is invited.

There will be plein air painters and the Urban Sketchers are involved. Exhibition space is available on the chain link fence next to our ship. We can offer digital exhibit space in our e-museum Red Hook WaterStories for work created that day.

From 1:00pm to 6:00pm, TankerTours of the ship will be offered and Frank Hanavan will teach a water color class for the general public.



About Portside

PortSide is a living lab for better urban waterways. PortSide NewYork is creating a maritime center that combines the working waterfront, public access and community development and displays a new model for urban waterways.

PortSide produces WaterStories programs in arts, education, preservation, resiliency, workforce and harbor advocacy on and off our flagship, the historic tanker MARY A. WHALEN.