Wind-swept ship finds safety at Pier 63

The remnant of the hurricane that battered Bermuda last week blew an unscheduled but welcome visitor to Pier 63 Maritime on the Chelsea waterfront.

The Kalmar Nychel, a tall ship that visited Pier 63 Maritime in previous years, was returning from New England waters to her homeport in Wilmington, Del., last week when 20-ft. seas generated by Hurricane Fabian and the threat of high winds and rain prompted the captain to radio a request for a short stay, said John Krevey, owner and operator of Pier 63 Maritime.

The ship came into New York Harbor on Sept. 11 and took refuge on the Chelsea “town dock” until Sept. 13.

Another tall ship, Pride of Baltimore II, a representation of an early 1800s Baltimore clipper, will be open free to the public from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thurs. and Fri., Sept. 18-19 at Pier 63 Maritime. For more information about the boat tours, phone 1-888-55P-RIDE or visit www.prideofbaltimore.org.

On Sat. Sept. 20, New York Windstar will hold its third annual Enviro Day at Pier 63 Maritime from 1 p.m. to sunset with demonstrations by New York-New Jersey Baykeeper and a program for children by Michael Mish, Emmy Award winner for “A Kid’s Eye View of the Environment.”