South Street Seaport Museum announces PIONEER SAILING SEASON 2019

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South Street Seaport Museum
May 25 - September 8, 2019

The South Street Seaport Museum announces Pioneer Sailing Season 2019: Sail New York Harbor aboard the 1885 Schooner Pioneer from May - September 2019 departing from Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport Museum. Advance tickets for the 2019 season are now available and can be purchased at Tickets are $32 Adults, $28 Seniors and Children ages 0-12. Use code EarlyBird19 and receive a $3 discount on tickets booked before the start of the season.

Spend an afternoon at the Museum! Pioneer tickets include free admission to the Museum's exhibitions, so bring your ticket to the Museum before or after your sail! (Please be sure to arrive with ample time if you wish to visit the museum before.)

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.
By 1930, when new owners moved her from the Delaware River to Massachusetts, she had been fitted with an engine, and was no longer using sails. In 1966 she was substantially rebuilt and turned into a sailing vessel once again. Today she plies the waters of NY Harbor carrying adults and children instead of cargo in her current role as a piece of "living history."

Today Pioneer is an award-winning sail training vessel teaching volunteers traditional maritime skills and the art of tall ship sailing. Visitors can board Pioneer for 2-hour day and evening cruises as she sails New York Harbor May through September. Pioneer offers special sails and programs and is available for private charter throughout her season.

The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic seaport district in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, and designated by Congress as America's National Maritime Museum, the Museum houses an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of "Where New York Begins."

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