A Dream of Tall Ships

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A museum is born

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Peter and Norma Stanford’s “A Dream of Tall Ships” (Sea History Press, $34.95) presents the story of how these New Yorkers in the 1960s became devoted to the idea of creating a maritime museum in Manhattan’s historic waterfront. The Stanfords secured old buildings in the Fulton Fish Market neighborhood to create the South Street Seaport Museum. The book recounts their struggle to preserve history as they built what is now a 12-block historic district on the site of the original port of New York City. The introduction is by maritime artist John Stobart.

February 2014 issue