On August 7, 1789, Congress approved an act, signed by President George Washington, to support lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and piers. Happy #NationalLighthouseDay!
Lighthouses are an important part of the South Street Seaport Museum’s collection, from the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse and the lightship Ambrose to lighthouse parts, documents, and ephemeral art depicting lighthouses in New York Harbor, the Jersey Shore, and Long Island Sound.
Here below you can see our beloved Titanic Memorial Lighthouse, donated to the Museum in 1968 by the Kaiser-Nelson Steel and Salvage Co. The lighthouse is a memorial to the passengers, officers, and crew who died when the Titanic sank after her collision with an iceberg. It was originally erected by public subscription in 1913. Dedicated on April 15, 1913 the tower stood 240 feet above sea level, atop the roof of the old Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) at the corner of South Street and Coenties Slip (now Vietnam Veterans Plaza).
From 1913 to 1967 the time ball at the top of the lighthouse would drop down the pole to signal twelve noon to the ships in the harbor. This time ball mechanism was activated by a telegraphic signal from the National Observatory in Washington D.C.
In July 1968, the SCI moved to 15 State Street. That year, the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse was donated to the Museum. It was erected on the corner of Water and Fulton Streets in May 1976.
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On Aug. 7, 1789, Congress approved an act, signed by President George Washington, to support lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and piers. Happy National Lighthouse Day!
Such a pleasure to see Wavertree's stately spars rising above the rooftops of Schermerhorn Row...
#OnThisDay in 1968 lightship Ambrose arrived at the Museum.
Soon Ambrose will undergo a $4.5 million stabilization and restoration project, funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, ..
Happy 227th birthday to the United States Coast Guard! Come learn more about USCG and lightship history in our lobby at 12 Fulton St.!
Get your tickets for Secrets and Seawalls: a Dance Performance aboard ship Wavertree on July 27 & 30! goo.gl/RMt43T
#OTD in 1956 SS Andrea Doria was struck by MS Stockholm killing 51 people; remaining passengers & crew were rescued before the ship sank. Read more about this photograph in the South Street Seaport Mu..