‘The Ship Graveyards of Staten Island’ Webinar
For hundreds of years, New York Harbor has been one of the most active waterways in the world, with tens of thousands of vessels having plied its waters over the city’s lifetime. But when these sea-bearing vessels have reached the end of their career of service, where exactly do they go? While most are scrapped or repurposed, some are discarded in the same waterways they traversed — and just off-shore of New York City’s borough of Staten Island, many of these decaying relics still remain. This is the story of Staten Island’s ship graveyards and the tales behind the vessels that still remain.
Join New York Adventure Club for a virtual exploration of the ship graveyards of Staten Island, where many out-of-service ships throughout the 19th and 20th centuries were discarded and abandoned.
Led by local historian and educator Jeffrey D.G. Cavorley, our virtual exploration of these watery graves will include:
- Why Staten Island’s waterways became the final resting spot for so many retired vessels
- A virtual look at the shipwrecks and ruins surrounding the borough, from Shooter’s Island off the North Shore to the Arthur Kill waterway
- Stories of notable wrecks caused by accidents, sabotage, and extreme weather
- A before-and-after comparison of the ship ruins, pre- and post-abandonment
- Photos showcasing Jeffrey’s many explorations of the ship graveyards via kayak
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Jeffrey — any and all questions about the ship graveyards of Staten Island are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually! $10.
“Very informative! I’ve seen some of these wrecks first hand but I never dreamed how interesting some of them turned out to be.” -Jessica
“So informative and the speaker was extremely knowledgeable. Very interesting topic.” -Karen
“The topic was interesting and well presented. I am not a marine history buff not it more than held my interest.” -David
“Incredible stories & photos & details – SO knowledgeable!” -Sharon
“Knowledgeable, well researched and genuineness of the presenter.” -Susan
“The presenter had a passion for the subject and had studied it it detail. The photos showing the wrecks taken over time were fascinating” -George
“It was comprehensive and extremely interesting. Would love to see more like it.” -Mark
“I love learning new things. Finding out about what’s near where I live and how those ships got here.” -Judith
“It brought out an aspect of Staten Island that I always wondered about as I passed by, but never knew the background” -Michael
“Very knowledgeable and informative presenter. Well organized.” -Karen
“The multiple photos from different years, the history of the vessels (if known), and the narrative were all quite enlightening.” -Penelope
“Really informative and interesting. I learned a lot. The host was very knowledgeable.” -ElainBuy tickets/get more info now