Manhattan Borough in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Wavertree was built at Southampton, England in 1885 for R.W. Leyland & Company of Liverpool. She was first employed to carry jute, used in making rope and burlap bags, between eastern India (now Bangladesh) and Scotland. When less than two years old she entered the tramp trades, taking cargoes anywhere in the world she could find them. After sailing for a quarter century, she limped into the Falkland Islands in December 1910, having been almost totally dismasted in a gale off Cape Horn. Rather than re-rigging her, her owners sold her for use as a floating warehouse at Punta Arenas, Chile. She was converted into a sand barge at Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1947, and acquired there by the South Street Seaport Museum in 1968 for eventual restoration to her appearance as a sailing vessel.
By the time Wavertree was built, she was nearly obsolete. Steam engines suitable for efficiently propelling ships across the ocean had been introduced in the 1870s and were being used on nearly all the shorter trade routes. While this was taking place, iron – long the choice of ship builders in iron producing countries, such as England – was giving way to steel. Wavertree was one of the last large sailing ships built of wrought iron. She is today the largest afloat.
Most countries stopped building large
Extreme length: 325’
Construction: Iron hull
Rig height: 167’
Length on deck: 363’
Draft: 22’ (loaded)
Gross tonnage: 2,170
Rig: Full-rigged ship
Net tonnage: 2,118
Erected by South Street Seaport Museum.
Location. 40° 42.321′ N, 74° 0.229′ W. Marker is in Manhattan Borough, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from South Street west of Fulton Street. Touch for map. Marker is at the northwest end of the Wavertree's dock on the grounds of the South Street Seaport complex. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10038, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peking (within shouting distance of this marker); 207 - 211 Water Street (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fulton Fish Waist - 142 Beekman Street (about 700 feet away); South Street Seaport Titanic Memorial Lighthouse (about 800 feet away); George Clinton (approx. 0.2 miles away); New York’s Municipal Slave Market (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Underground Central Station (approx. 0.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Wavertree. (Submitted on September 17, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. windjammer
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 332 times since then. Last updated on October 3, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 17, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 3, 4. submitted on October 2, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.