Steel Squarerigger

While visiting New York City, we stumbled upon this old square rigger. Unlike the wooden tall ships that we have encountered over the years, this one was built out of steel!


Steel boats hare their distinct advantages, being a very strong but also thin material to build the hull. You can see that over the years though, corrosion has played a role in the stem and cutwater of this ship. The pitted appearance of the old steel tells of its age like the patina that forms on a bronze port light. It’s not shiny, but its age displays its beauty.

At first glance, I didn’t really notice the pitted nature of the steel plates, but then when compared to the new smooth steel plates that have mended the hull, the story of time becomes evident and powerful.