“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Peck Slip

Peck Slip Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 31, 2019
1. Peck Slip Marker
Inscription.  Prior to its maritime prominence, the Peck Slip area accommodated New York’s first brick built market. Constructed by wealthy residents, Peck Slip market was the trading center of a thriving community at Peck Slip and Pearl Street between 1763 and 1793.

After being filled in 1800, Peck Slip became a hub of maritime industry. Local businessman, Jasper Ward, realized its potential and purchased this reclaimed land. He built three warehouses between 41 and 45 Peck Slip – prime locations for harbor related industry. Number 45 survives at the intersection with South Street, preserved by the South Street Seaport historic district. (sic)

The seaport thrived on the fishing and ferry trade. Schooners, magnificent ships with multiple masts and sails, filled the harbor. The schooners proved so enduring that many remained in use even after steamboat development. A New York schooner ‘C S Allison” survived 106 years – one of history’s longest serving vessels. The inaugural America’s Cup was won by a schooner, the ‘Magic’, in New York bay on August 8, 1970 (sic).

Often moored at the Slip (sic) were mighty Blackball
Peck Slip site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 31, 2019
2. Peck Slip site
Packets. These huge ships were part of a successful shipping line launched in 1817, offering the first regularly scheduled service from New York to Liverpool, England.

Piers 25-27, once located on this waterfront, were used by the Steamboat (sic) lines that regularly served the east coast U.S. ports.

On December 26, 1853, the “Great Republic’, the largest clipper ship ever built, caught fire while moored at Dover Street. This was one of the East River’s biggest maritime disasters and the ship was scuttled.

Today, Peck Slip remains only in name but in the early morning, at Fulton Fish market just to the south, one can still sample the flavor of the former working seaport.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
Location. 40° 42.428′ N, 74° 0.053′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on East River Esplanade and Bikeway near Peck Slip, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10038, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lower East Side - Peck Slip (a few steps from this marker); Lower East Side – 1767 (a few steps from this marker); The East River Bikeway and Esplanade (a few steps from this marker); Jerry Driscoll Walk
45 Peck Slip image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 27, 2016
3. 45 Peck Slip
(within shouting distance of this marker); Fulton Fish Waist - 142 Beekman Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Seaman’s Church Institute (about 600 feet away); 206 Front Street (about 600 feet away); 1883 The City of Brooklyn (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Regarding Peck Slip. The marker predates the 2005 Fulton Fish Market’s move to the Bronx.
The 1870 (not 1970) America’s Cup was the first to be held in American waters.
“Blackball Packets” should more properly read “Black Ball Line packets”.
Scooner "Pioneer" at the South Street Seaport image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 31, 2019
4. Scooner "Pioneer" at the South Street Seaport
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 28, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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