From Our Fleet

Coming Soon: Babcock


History: The Babcock brothers donated the money for the boat in memory of one of their brothers. The MST students began work in 2010. The planking was completed 2016. The topsides construction started 2017 and the projected launch is June 2017. The design, called a New York Sloop, was typical 19th century work boat for miscellaneous cargo. It then evolved into a sandbagger racing yacht and is considered the birth of yacht racing in NY. The design is copied from the book American Small Sailing Craft, written by historian Howard Chappell.



Length: 21 feet

Beam: 9 feet

Draft: 4 feet

USCG Certification: undecided

Passenger Capacity: 10

Engine Make/Model/Size: 10 hp four stroke outboard

Year Built: still in progress



History: This type of boat was designed as a coastguard buoy tender. Privateer is on a long term lease to the Harbor School by the Staten Island Ferry. It was restored by NY Harbor students, as you can see in the video below



Length: 47 feet

Beam: 16 feet 2 inches

Draft: 4 feet 8 inches

USCG Certification: Uncertified

Passenger Capacity: N/A

Engine Make/Model/Size: Detroit Diesel GM 671N

Year Built: 1966

Indy 7


History: The Indy 7 was built on January 1964 in Bellingham, WA for the United States Navy. She would be paired up later that year with her mother ship, the Brooklyn Navy Yard built USS Independence (CV-62) aircraft carrier. As a Navy launch and utility boat for the “fighting Indy” she plied waters and harbors all around the world supporting the air craft carrier’s crew and operations. Indy’s primary responsibilities were to ferry crew and supplies from ship to ship or ship to shore, and to provide logistical support and security on the Independence hull perimeter. Indy was one of 12 Motor launches supporting the vessel.
The Indy was retired in the late 1980s and was acquired by Hudson River Cruises in Kingston, NY. She received her first certification by the USCG in 1992. The cruise line provided hourly tours to the Kingston light house for many years. The Indy was also a fixture at the Clearwater Revival serving as the primary ferry vessel to Clearwater and other visiting vessels on Croton Point. The Indy was sold to a long-time Pioneer and Clearwater, Captain Donald Taube. Don worked tirelessly with a group of supporters to keep Indy running in NYC. He unfortunately, passed away later that year and the vessel remained in limbo at the South Street Seaport Museum. It was decided by his daughter Jessica and Don’s fellow supporters, to donate the Indy to The New York Harbor School.
Three years later Indy 7 was running and The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School had moved on Governors Island! The Indy 7 was the first official vessel for the UANYHS. She serves as training vessel for marine technology classes in boat handling, docking, navigation and engine maintenance. In addition, classes outside of marine tech will utilize the vessel for: harbor tours, diving expeditions, art classes, additional ferry service to and from Governors Island and points throughout NY Harbor.


Length: 41 feet

Beam: 11 feet

Draft: 3.5 feet

USCG Certification: T-Boat Small Passenger Vessel

Passenger Capacity: 38 plus 2 crew

Engine Make/Model/Size: 6-71 Grey Marine, 180 Horsepower

Year Built: 1964

Coming Soon: Diablo Grande



History: It’s the first high school built Diablo Grande. They started work March 2015.


Length: 18 feet

Beam: 6 feet

Draft: 18 inches

USCG Certification: Uninspected 6 pac

Passenger Capacity: 8

Engine Make/Model/Size: evinrude etech 40 hp

Year Built: still in progress

Virginia Maitland Sachs


History: The boat was specially designed by the Harbor Foundation for the Billion Oyster Project and Harbor School. The money was donated by Clay Maitland, whose mother the boat is named for.


Length: 28 feet 2 inches

Beam: 10 feet 4 inches

Draft: 5 feet 4 inches

USCG Certification: T-Boat Small Passenger Vessel Certified

Passenger Capacity: 17 passengers and 2 crew

Engine Make/Model/Size: Styer 350 hp

Year Built: 2012-2016

South Street Seaport Opening Day


Saturday April 25th was opening day at South Street Seaport Museum. Volunteers came out at 9:00am to start the day. The crew restored and re-rigged the award winning Schooner Lettie G. Howard, a 1893 Gloucester fishing schooner in New York Harbor. It was used for New York Harbor School’s 2014 Summer Indock programs,  and will continue to be used for overnight sails and day sails.