Mobile Workshops

Arthur Kill Boat Graveyard, Conference House and Graves of Arthur Kill Film Screening


Participants on this Mobile Workshop will travel by ground transportation to the Conference House on Staten Island’s South Shore. They will take a tour of this Revolutionary War historical site located at the State’s southernmost point, before viewing the celebrated documentary ‘Graves of Arthur Kill’ and participating in a Q & A with the Director Will Van Dorp. Joined by other heritage bearers featured in the film, Van Dorp will discuss this ship boneyard and site of NYC maritime history you won’t find on a tourist map.  Exclusively for Canal attendees, you will be visiting Witte Yard (as it is known today) or the Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard, the final resting place of the Peckinpaugh sister ship among others. It is one of the most unique and fraught maritime heritage sites in New York State. At once a site for historic preservation and a desired parkland, locals find themselves at an existential crossroads. Following the film screening, guests will depart on a narrated boat tour of Witte Yard (Arthur Kill Graveyard) departing from the Tottenville Marina.

There will be a $50.00 fee to attend this mobile workshop. 

Sailor’s Snug Harbor & the Noble Maritime Collection

Included in Registration

Participants on this Mobile Workshop will travel by ground transportation to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (formerly Sailor’s Snug Harbor - a retirement facility for sailors). They will take a guided educational walking tour of the site which was NYC’s first major historical preservation project. They will learn about its historic buildings as well as what life was like when it was an active home for ‘snugs.’ Following the tour participants will gather at the Noble Maritime Collection for exhibition viewing and a live musical reception with Bob Wright & the Harbortown. Bob Wright, a 4th generation Staten Islander from a seafaring family will play songs from his newest album that interprets the Smithsonian affiliate collection, collected by William Doerflinger at this very site.

Staten Island Ferry, Lower Manhattan Canal Slips and South Street Seaport

Included in Registration

Participants on this Mobile Workshop will travel to the St. George Ferry Terminal and board the Staten Island Ferry for an excursion to Manhattan. After disembarking at Whitehall Terminal, participants will begin a guided walking tour heading north along the East River.

This section of the harbor, well protected from the winds that hammered the docks on the western shore of Manhattan, was identified specifically with canal boats from the earliest days of the Erie Canal through the heydays of the Barge Canal. The group will visit the site of Pier Six, home of the New York State Canal Terminal and then walk to South Street Seaport for a museum visit. Returning participants will follow the same route in reverse. The walking tour will be led by Canal Society members Andrew Lauren and Dan Ward.