The MARY turns 80! PortSide turns 13!

Our ship MARY A. WHALEN made history! She turns 80 on May 21, 2018, and you can visit for art-making and TankerTours on Sunday May 20. She is the only oil tanker in the world open for public culture, education and job-training programs! Come visit! Come get to know PortSide NewYork! We turn 13 this month!

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PortSide NewYork Awarded Two-Year REDC NYSCA Grant

PortSide NewYork is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a two-year New York City Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) grant for $49,500. We just commenced the contract.   The allocation comes from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and supports culture as economic development.  REDC grants are very competitive, and we won the first time we applied!  We also broke a glass ceiling -- maritime activity has not often been embraced as cultural activity.  

PortSide activities cited in our grant application include:

Preservation programs and internships with WHSAD, a fabulous CTE (career and technical educational) high school, what used to be called a vocational school.  Read what our summer 2015 WHSAD interns thought of it, in their own words.

Job training program with the Painters Union District Council 9 (DC9) who are the MARY A. WHALEN as a training site. 

Our WaterStories cultural programs which also include our Visiting Vessel program and TankerTours of the MARY A. WHALEN

Red Hook WaterStories a history, mapping, cultural tourism and resiliency project that tells the history of Red Hook, Brooklyn via a water theme.  In microcosm, Red Hook WaterStories tells New York City's maritime story. 

Our role on the Sunset Park Task Force, where we are represented by our President Carolina Salguero. The first job of the Task Force was helping the NYC EDC shape the RFP for South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.  Carolina advocated for maritime uses, for avoiding an RFP that had so many proscriptions it would deter respondents, and pushed to allow maritime uses that were originally not going to be allowed (ferries and historic ships).  Here is a Task Force description from the NYC EDC:

  • "Since July 2015, NYCEDC has worked with Councilmember Menchaca and community partners to establish and convene a Sunset Park Task Force, comprised of representatives from local community groups, businesses, and elected officials.  
    • The goals of the Task Force are to:
      • Maximize the potential of the Sunset Park waterfront in a sustainable and just manner to serve as an economic hub of traditional and innovating industries, including job creation and workforce development;
      • Establish and promote regional and local priorities for efficient goods movement;
      • Balance community access and needs across public and private initiatives and development; and 
      • Advocate for preserving and expanding Sunset Park's industrial, manufacturing, and maritime businesses, as well as nonprofit organizations and auxiliary/amenity businesses supporting the local community."

Our work on Red Hook's NY Rising Committee. Carolina Salguero was one of the original appointees to the committee by Governor Cuomo's office. She made significant contributions to the final plan submitted to NYS for the $3MM in funding.  We are pleased that her advocacy for maritime activation made it into the NY Rising plan and was subsequently picked up by the NYC EDC in their planning for Red Hook's IFPS (Integrated Flood Protection System). The Red Hook community strongly supporting maritime activation as a key value to ensure in any flood protection scheme: "residents said they wanted to encourage the development of the maritime industry and businesses to set up shop in the neighborhood."  Carolina's research and writing for the committee is supported by work done by PortSide staff and interns. 

FREE historic ship 66.5’ Canadian Coast Guard ice-breaker buoy tender NOKOMIS

The foreward mast  and boom is now a crane.

The foreward mast  and boom is now a crane.

Dear Friends,  

PortSide NewYork has  received an urgent request for help giving away a historic  vessel.


Needs a home by 4/15/16.  UPDATE: There is more time. 4/30/16 is the new deadline.

Near Baltimore,  Pasadena, MD vicinity  Canadian Coast Guard ice-breaking buoy tender NOKOMIS.

There were two  other sisterships . The NOKOMIS is the last of three.

LOA 66.5’ Length at Water line 63.4
Beam 17.6
Depth 8.3 loaded. 99Tons  M/T.4.  
USCG Document  No.1111459.  Canadian No.3101215.  
Heavily Built can  penetrate 24 inches of blue fresh water ice.  

Built -1957 Commissioned  1958 Canadian Coast Guard. By Lunenburg Engineering  and Foundry, Lunenburg , Nova Scotia.

Hull and Superstructure  -Steel
Propulsion-Fairbanks Morse  31A-61/4X9 6 cylinder Air Start Direct Reversable Pneumatic Brake on flywheel.     210 HP.6.Propellor 46X46 4 Blade on 4 inch shaft  RH.     2/1  Reduction Spring Bearing on Shaft.7.RPM 720 MAX. Idle-220.
Fuel consumption: 2 GPH.  Speed 12-KTS. All Hydraulic Steering with power assist
Has Skin cooling in Engine room for heavy ice ops. Two fuel bunker tanks 400 gal ea 100 gal day tank furnace and stove tank.
Bulkheads go to Weather  Deck.

Head with holding tank, Shower and  Washbasin Galley with Diesel stove and Two refrigerators, two inflatable life rafts.   Air Horn and Two bilge Pumps plus One new navy pump very heavy duty, Delaval oil  purifier, Deutz Generator 5 Kw 240 volt. Large cargo hold  with HIAB knuckle crane 7,300lbs.two- anchors with hydraulic  windlass One-300lb  navy ,  One- 500lb Danforth. Sperry Gyrocompass W  repeaters, Sperry  40 mile radar,  Recording chart depth indicator. New name Ocean Spray. Two VHF Radios. 

Wood paneling in all occupied compartments. Steam heat with WATTS Boiler.

This is a  Ship USCG and CACG- any vessel 65' or over gets a name and is a  Ship. Very High Quality Construction.  

Attempt was made to get  her running but the exhaust manifold has cracks in it. Any interested  party has have to tow the 100 ton vessel. She is seaworthy  and floating.

Contact  John Kopke 443-854-4311 Email