CULTURE: Take A Ride On New York’s Last Working NY-Built Wooden Tugboat (7.31.19)
When the heat hits, we head for the water. For the very first time, New York’s last working New York built wooden tugboat, W.O. Decker, is offering public sails on Saturdays and Sundays thanks to The South Street Seaport Museum.
The W.O. Decker was built in 1930 by the Newtown Creek Towing Company and originally named Russell I, after the towing company's owners. She was renamed W.O. Decker in 1946 after being sold to the Decker family's Staten Island tugboat firm. The tugboat was donated to the Seaport Museum in 1986 and was refit with a diesel engine. Decker is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an exemplary model of the types of steam tugs that were once an abundant sight in New York Harbor.
This unique vessel is a true testament to New York City's maritime heritage, and an incredible way to get on the water and see the sights of NYC.
Tours can be booked in advance, $35 with pre-paid museum admission ($29 for seniors and students, $15 for children) here. Museum tickets are $20 ($14 for seniors and students, children under 8 NOW FREE) and can be purchased here.
Rides are Wednesday - Friday: 2pm and 7pm. Sat & Sun: 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm and 7pm. This boat has become exceptionally popular, so grab your tickets now!