November 2016, restoration is underway and surging ahead

November 2016, restoration is underway and surging ahead


She is on the National Register of Historic Places, to understand why, see her history page.

When & where to see her

See our Visitor Info page for full access details and directions.  On June 1, the new NYC Ferry service started, and the Red Hook stop is a few yards from the MARY A. WHALEN.

During TankerTime the main deck is open for your enjoyment: M-F, 10am-6pm.  Second Sunday's Sunset TankerTime in May, June, July, August and September, 5pm-midnight with a musicians jam of Mediterranean music "WaterStories of the Wine Dark Sea" starting at 9pm


PortSide uses the MARY many ways:

  • as the site of our offices
  • as a historic ship where we give tours 
  • as a location for diverse educational programs
  • as a stage for cultural activities
  • as a landing - other boats can tie up alongside like our partner vessel LOUIS C.



Listen to an audio tour about the ship. The tour is broken into short segments of 2-3 minutes in length, most of them associated with specific spaces on the ship.

Our Guide to the words for ship parts

Since the MARY A. WHALEN worked so long (1938 to 1993) and over such a wide region (the whole northeast) she is a great vehicle for teaching various subject areas.  We customize our ship-based programs and make vivid, experiential educational experiences:.

Ship cat Chiclet

Our ship cat Chiclet has her own webpage.

Thanks to our sponsors and partners!

The exterior of the MARY A. WHALEN is being restored in large part with labor from the painters' union District Council 9 which is using the ship as a training site.  We give them a site, they give us labor, and we partner in training union labor.  The paint is thanks to a generous donation by International Paint.