The Good Ship Mary A. Whalen


UPDATE: This post was from 2010. See our recent post and slideshow here.

As exciting as it is to watch the greening of the Brooklyn waterfront, it’s also cool to see relics from our maritime past restored. Which is why we’re so fond of the Mary A. Whalen, a retired tanker that transported fuel up and down the Eastern Seaboard, including the Gowanus Canal, until 1993. You may remember her from the opera that was performed on her 172-foot-long deck at the Red Hook container port a few years back. But by the end of June, she’ll be moored at Atlantic Basin, near the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, and ready to launch a summer of special events to keep her restoration afloat. To kickstart those fundraising efforts and allow the Mary A. Whalen to host concerts, talks, and tours for kids and adults, we’re throwing a family BBQ fundraiser on July 3, sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery and Realty Collective, with food from The Good Fork and more (save the date!).

To get an idea of the potential for this tanker (Imagine the kids ooohing inside the engine room! The yoga on deck!) we sent photographer Kerri MacDonald to document her features and detail her history. MacDonald spoke to Carolina Salguero, who lives aboard the Whalen and heads up PortSide NewYork. The non-profit, housed inside the 1938 tanker, is hell bent on creating a cultural hub in Atlantic Basin where everyone can engage with a waterfront that’s still working.

Text by Nicole, photos and slideshow text by Kerri MacDonald, sent by Annaliese.

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