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South Street Seaport

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South Street Seaport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 26, 2011
1. South Street Seaport Marker
Inscription.
The South Street Seaport, a group of rare 18th- and early 19th-century buildings from New York’s golden age of shipping, has been strikingly restored and revitalized as a huge marketplace of shops and restaurants created by The Rouse Company. Included within its borders are the English style “counting houses” that make up Fulton Street’s Schermerhorn Row, built 1811-12 by a family shipping business on South Street dating from 1728. The South Street Seaport Museum operates galleries and exhibitions, and maintains one of the world’s largest fleets of historic ships. The 1911 Peking, a German-built four-masted bark, and the Wavertree, an 1885 iron full-rigged ship, are both open to visitors.
 
Erected by The Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
 
Location. 40° 42.436′ N, 74° 0.239′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Fulton Street, on the right when traveling north on Water Street. Touch for map. 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. Titanic Memorial Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); 207 - 211 Water Street
South Street Seaport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 26, 2011
2. South Street Seaport Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); First Underground Central Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fulton Fish Waist - 142 Beekman Street (about 300 feet away); Wavertree (about 700 feet away); Peking (about 800 feet away); George Clinton (approx. 0.2 miles away); FishBridge Park (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains a photo of “Schermerhorn Row in 1978.” Below this is a photo of a seaman onboard a ship with a caption of “Dangerous working conditions, brutal treatment, low and uncertain wages, and isolation from the rest of society defined the life led by 19th-century seamen. Perhaps the surest indication of the hardships they faced is the number of charities established for their benefit. New York alone saw the establishment of Sailors Snug Harbor for retired sailors; the Seaman’s Retreat hospital for their medical needs; churches catering exclusively to seamen; the American Seamen’s Friend Society providing boarding
Marker on Water Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 26, 2011
3. Marker on Water Street
houses, banks and employment offices; and the Mariner’s Family Industrial Society of the Port of New York, caring for their destitute wives and daughters. Another clue may be the laws needed to outlaw such practices as flogging and shanghaiing. The bottom of the marker features a picture of how the seaport looked in the 19th-century. It has a caption of “An English visitor to South Street in 1878 described the chaotic scene: ‘The port was filled with shipping, and the wharfs were crowded with commodities of every description. Bales of cotton, wool, and merchandise; barrels of potash, rice, flour, and salt provisions; hogsheads of sugar, chests of tea, puncheons of rum, and pipes of wine . . . .’ ”
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers in lower Manhattan erected by the Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
 
Also see . . .
1. South Street Seaport Museum website. (Submitted on March 27, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. U.S. Lightship LV-87. National Historic Landmark (Submitted on October 4, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
The Titanic Memorial Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 26, 2011
4. The Titanic Memorial Lighthouse
This Lighthouse Memorial is located near the South Street Seaport marker. It honors the passengers, officers and crew who died as heroes when the steamship Titanic sank after collision with an iceberg.
Pier 16 at South Street Seaport with the museum's 1907, ex-Coast Guard Lightship image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 15, 2012
5. Pier 16 at South Street Seaport with the museum's 1907, ex-Coast Guard Lightship
Ambrose (LV-87) on display, lower-middle.
The historic windjammer <i>Peking</i> on display at the South Street Seaport Museum image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 15, 2012
6. The historic windjammer Peking on display at the South Street Seaport Museum
- against the lower Manhattan skyline.
The Brooklyn Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 15, 2012
7. The Brooklyn Bridge
- viewed from near the South Street Seaport's mall complex at Pier 17 on the East River.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 642 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on October 4, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 27, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6, 7. submitted on October 3, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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