Since its founding over 52 years ago, South Street Seaport Museum has faced the daunting job of preserving its historic fleet. Join us for a photographic voyage with Director of Historic Ships Jesse Lebovics to see the challenges and remarkable efforts made for the long term preservation of 1885 ship Wavertree, 1930 tugboat W.O. Decker, 1885 schooner Pioneer, and the planned upcoming work on 1907 lightship Ambrose.>> Continue reading
Artist, rigger, and ship modeler Frank Hanavan follows up on his recent popular presentation on knots, drawing from his experience on tall ships to share knots for nautical and everyday use. No need to worry if you missed part 1 of this series, as Frank will continue with some basic knots, and he will also share some of his incredible ship models that he has constructed (and rigged) over the years.
- Sadly, on the same day of this program, Brion Toss, author of The Complete Rigger’s Apprentice, passed away. You can find his memorial page on Facebook.
- The Marlinspike Sailor (1993) by Hervey Gerrett Smith
- See resources from Knot Tying 101
Knots and ropework have held civilization together for millennia. While they can seem arcane in a world of zippers and zip ties, knotted rope remains an adaptable and resilient technology. Join artist and ship modeler Frank Hanavan for some history of rope and knots and learn to do a few knots you may find really useful in daily life.
- Frank Hanavan’s artwork
- The Ashley Book of Knots (1944) – Read at Archive.org
- The Kedge-Anchor or Young Sailors’ Assistant (1852) – Read at Archive.org
- Brion Toss, author of The Complete Rigger’s Apprentice (1997)
- The Museum of Knots and Sailors’ Ropework
- The Five Essential Knots (according to Frank): clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, sheet bend, reef (square) knot