Our docents explained the history of the ship, and how her work is still major in this port, the largest petroleum through-port in the USA. As ever, John Weaver captivated visitors with the immigrant history of how Alf Dyrland left Norway as a 14-year old cabin boy, then emigrated to the USA and went on to became the captain of the MARY for 20 years.
People were fascinated by the archaic communication system of speaking tubes and bellboat operations where the Captain rang bell and jingle to tell the Engineer what speed and direction to run the ship.
People are equally taken with the old-fashioned features of the galley and the fact that it is larger than most home kitchens in NYC.
Our "Salty Selfies" photo station provided great souvenir moments. We believe in having fun while learning maritime history!
We hosted French visitors, visitors from the Upper East Side, people from Red Hook and more!
Several large groups came on bikes - we are right off the Brooklyn Greenway.
Painter Jim Ebersole popped in unannounced to make more sketches. Until this Thursday, 10/20/16, you can see his exhibit at Collier West Gallery on Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn that has paintings of and around the MARY A. WHALEN.
We promoted local business, and many ate at local restaurants before and after their trip. We gave and we got. Several visitors offered us program ideas and contacts to pursue!