Diamond White? PortSide Red! Another award for the PortSide team! 


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Another Award

National Maritime Historical Society recognition!   


We are pleased to announce that PortSide's Founder & Director Carolina Salguero is one of the recipients of the National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS) 

"New York Harbor Historic Ship Steward Award of Excellence."  The NMHS is celebrating their 50th anniversary this weekend.  We learned of the award shortly before the events; and in order to make the MARY A. WHALEN available for the NMHS tour, we are moving her arpund 1500 today to Pier 11, Atlantic Basin.   


Profuse thanks to the Port Authority, NYC's Economic Development Corporation and BillyBey, the new operators of Atlantic Basin, for so rapidly green lighting our visit to Atlantic Basin!  We really appreciate it.

Open House for MARY A WHALEN's 75th Birthday, Tues 5/21
Visit us on Pier 11, Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn    


Our short stay in Atlantic Basin for NMHS makes the ship available on her 75th birthday!


PortSide will host a MARY A. WHALEN Open House on Tuesday 5/21/23 from 1-7pm,  with cake and remarks from 5-7pm.   


Come see the only oil tanker cultural center in the world! On the National Register of Historic Places! 


Access the MARY A. WHALEN  on Pier 11 in Atlantic Basin via the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal pedestrian gate at Pioneer Street and Conover Street.  Bicycles, dogs and children welcome!   


We only recently learned the MARY A. WHALEN's actual launch date IS May 21 due to research by noted maritime historian Norman Brouwer. Thank you, Norman! 


Thanks to Vane Brothers for donating the tow from our current berth to Atlantic Basin. We are very excited to be towed by their brand new tug, named in honor of our favorite neighorhood, the RED HOOKVane's NYC operations are based at the site of Ira S. Bushey's yard in Red Hook, where the MARY A. WHALEN first began her working life. Towing industry friends, if you would like to tow us back next Wednesday, please get in touch. 


We would like to take this occasion to give BillyBey Ferry a warm welcome to Red Hook as the new operators of Atlantic Basin via the EDC's new DockNYC program! It's been a great fast-action experience working with them on this. 


Help us continue and grow what we do   


Now is a great time to donate!  Our ship is celebrating her 75th and needs TLC.  PortSide recently won a White House award for our Sandy recovery work and is developing plans to help the community prepare for the next flood as we knew to do for Sandy.  Donations of any size are welcome!  Donations will propel us strongly into our prospective new home.


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PortSide brought you... Red Hook Sandy recovery aid at 351 Van Brunt... TankerOpera in the containerport... Dutch Flat Bottom Fleet... TankerTours...concerts... movies... talks... walking tours ... kayak valet... TankerTime... redesign of the BoatBox Red Hook Boaters kayak container... bilingual ship tours at Concierto Tipico... exhibit about maritime response to 9/11... guides to Red Hook and more.  

PortSide NewYork is a 501(c)3 profit organization.  All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.