By Bri Rodriguez

Fishers Island (Oyster Farm Boats)

IMG_0129This picture above shows me on the bigger aluminum boat ; 35 feet with an outboard engine, that was towing the smaller green boat ; 20 feet with an outboard engine, that go stuck by the oyster farm with Jeremy (Aquaculture teacher)  and some of his students.


The picture above shows me steering the smaller green boat going back to the Malinowski dock from the Fishers Island’s oyster farm.


This picture shows Max, Pete’s son, on the left and Theo, Aaron’s son, on the right (and me) on the 20 foot fiber glass boat while we were tied up to fuel. Theo and Max were practicing their line throwing skills. For their age, I’d say they were pretty good at it.

T/V Captain Susan Clark


A picture can tell a thousand words

looking off into the distance to a picture perfect island

the waves crashing , the scenery like no one can imagine

New York City is a lot different than Maine

Tall buildings compared to a lot of water and open land, it’s just not the same

on the T/V Captain Susan Clark we learned how to navigate through these waters

upper class men and lower class men it didn’t matter

altogether we got to each point plotted around the estimated time

Practices for the industry and the classes in Maine Maritime

we were a unit, we worked as one operating this machine

Even the docking was sharp and clean


Tying a Monkey’s Fist

When Aaron told us it was time to learn how to tie a monkey’s fist I was in shock. Don’t get me wrong I have seen the knot before but it just looked so impossible to do. I watched him go through it once along with the class but I was still confused with no clue of what to do. I asked my peers for help but they were also struggling to learn it themselves—so I turned to the internet. I sat in a chair for what felt like 10 hours watching videos on YouTube on how to tie a monkey’s fist. It took me more than about 7 tries to get the ball in the middle, hold it together and take out any slack. At the end I had to get myself together and use an incredible amount of patience to tie it correctly.


monkeys fist

This is my completed monkey’s fist. This knot is to be tied at the end of a rope to serve as a weight, making it easier to throw a far distance.

The picture above is my vessel ops class learning how to tie a monkey’s fist.

Site Visit Aboard The Zephyr

IMG_1479We recently went on a site visit aboard the Zephyr at Pier 16 (South Street Seaport). The class talked to former Harbor student and crew member Justin Trinidad, who graduated last year. He talked to us about how he became crew with the connections he had from the school.

We then continued our tour around the Zephyr, looking in the wheel house with Captain Alvin Masongsong. He operates the boat with a simple throttle but, if the main system fails, there’s a complicated back up system. On the way back we analyzed the Zephyr’s docking. The captain aligned the boat with the pier, letting the current push it in along with some assistance from the engine. All in all, the site visit was one of many to come and I’m looking forward to learning about more boats and other jobs in maritime industry.



We work together
birds of a feather
on the water and land
together we understand
the meaning of teamwork
I look around to see us all with a smirk
we come as one but all different minds
we are a family, one of a kind.


Wavertree Restored


Wavertree was a cargo ship in 1885 and now the flagship of the South Street Museum Fleet. It was restored in 2015 and finished up in the summer of 2016,. The cost of the restoration was around 13 million dollars. Some of the New York Harbor School students, including myself, helped assist her way to South Street from the Staten Island’s Caddell Dry dock Repair & Co. It was an amazing experience especially that it was restored in Staten Island, where I was born and raised. I was a passenger on and occasionally operating one of our school vessels, Virginia Maitland Sachs, that stood by the side of Wavertree. The video above is me steering Virginia. There were a lot of vessels present at the special event and that showed the significance of the ex-cargo ship coming to South Street.