5/19/13

Birthday Party for The Mary A. Whalen at Atlantic Basin

Courtesy of the Port Authority, the NYC Economic Development Corporation and BillyBey, the new operator of Atlantic Basin, historic tanker ship the Mary A. Whalen will celebrate her 75th birthday with an Open House at Pier 11 at Red Hook's Atlantic Basin, from 1-7 PM on Tuesday, May 21.

Access Pier 11 via the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal pedestrian gate at Pioneer and Conover Streets.

Bicycles, dogs and children are welcome.

The Mary A. Whalen, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the only retired oil tanker in New York City.  Her launch anniversary is May 21.

The Marty A. Whalen will be towed to Atlantic Basin for the party courtesy of The Vane Brothers, who  have donated the use of their new tug The Red Hook to tow her from her current berth to Atlantic Basin.

Vane's New York City operations are based at the former Ira S. Bushey yard in Red Hook, where the Mary A. Whalen began her working life.

She still needs a tow back on Wednesday.

PortSide, the not-for-profit organization that owns the Mary A. Whalen, recently won a White House award for its Sandy recovery work, and is part of a post-Sandy planning process building on the experiences of those on the front lines when Sandy made landfall.

PortSide Founder/Director Carolina Salguero is a recipient of the National Maritime Historical Society's "New York Harbor Historic Ship Steward Award of Excellence."

PortSide is raising funds for a new home.

View a PortSide video here.

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