The Maiden Voyage was a complete success!
we left early in the morning with the retreating tide. the bridge operator was pretty grumpy that we were late to arrive at the bridge, but when we finally got rowing and passed under he relented and said “it was like something from a fairy tale”
our all-star crew included folks from the Empty Vessel Project, the 79th St Boat Basin (the original owner of the boat!), Mare Liberum, Swimming Cities, a sea chanty band playing original songs of the Gowanus, and a fleet of canoes rowboats and kayaks filled with our friends!
by noon the tide had shifted and we followed it back up to 2nd st
where we were greeted by friends, family and people from the Sustainability Street Fair. We busted open some champagne and gave tours of the boat and its systems the rest of the day. Thanks to everyone who came out. Thanks especially to the Jerko Crew and GreenHomes NYC! We are taking a hiatus for the winter while we figure out whats next. Stay tuned. In the mean time, you can see a really great account of the day (with video and the music of the sea chanty band) at Eliz’s blog www.elizabethweinberg.com/blog/?p=1314
Thanks to Sam Horine for these shots. We’ll post more from some other folks, and some Super8 footage, as we organize it all.