FREE Living History Tour Aboard the Pioneer
Pioneer was built as a sloop in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania in 1885 to carry sand mined near the mouth of the Delaware Bay to an iron foundry in Chester, Pennsylvania. She was re-rigged as a schooner ten years later.
In the days before paved roads, small coastal schooners such as Pioneer were the delivery trucks of their era, carrying various cargoes between coastal communities: lumber and stone from the islands of Maine, brick on the Hudson River, and oyster shell on the Chesapeake Bay. Almost all American cargo sloops and schooners were wood, but because she was built in what was then this country's center of iron shipbuilding, Pioneer had wrought-iron hull. She was the first of only two cargo sloops built of iron in this country, and is the only iron-hulled American merchant sailing vessel still in existence.
Please note the early departure time of this tour. Plan to take the 10am ferry from the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan. This is the first ferry of the morning and the only one which will arrive in time for this tour. The first ferry from Brooklyn will not arrive in time for this tour. Please make your way to Yankee pier as soon as you can after disembarking from the ferry.
Yankee Pier, Governors Island (View)
Yankee Pier, Governors Island
New York, NY 10004
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