Governors Island in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Yankee Pier is one of six docks and piers on Governors Island. It was built to hold large Coast Guard cutters. Cutters are vessels that are at least 65 feet long and can accommodate a crew living on board.
The Y shape of the pier made it easier for the large vessels to back out into the narrow Buttermilk Channel. The word “Yankee” is the designation for “Y” in the military phonetic alphabet; hence, the name “Yankee Pier.”
During the Coast Guard era, part of Yankee Pier was damaged when a boat traveling up the Buttermilk Channel crashed into it. This portion of the pier became unusable and today only half of the pier is in working condition. The remaining portion is condemned and will be demolished in the future.
In 2009, the working leg of the pier was refurbished. The pier rehabilitation project included new lighting, fencing and fendering. Funding for these upgrades was made possible by the State of New York, the City of New York, and Borough President Scott Stringer. These critical improvements allow educational and historic vessels to land on the Island and provide programs for visitors.
Location. 40° 41.209′ N, 74° 1.031′ W. Marker is in Governors Island, New York, in New York County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is located on the east side of Governors Island. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fort Jay Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meuse-Argonne Point (about 300 feet away); Polo on Governors Island (about 600 feet away); Comfort Road (about 600 feet away); Division Road (about 600 feet away); The Buttermilk Channel and Brooklyn Waterfront (about 700 feet away); Colonelsí Row (about 700 feet away); The South Battery (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Governors Island.
Also see . . . Governors Island National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 321 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.