Rare Ship Docks In Red Hook

A rare ship from the 1800s has docked in Brooklyn for the weekend.

The Gazela is visiting from Philadelphia and is sitting in the Atlantic Basin in Red Hook.

Built in Portugal in 1883, the ship was used as a fishing boat until 1969. It has crossed the Atlantic more than 100 times.

It is also one of three tall-classified ships in the United States that still sails.

"We're really, really excited. One, because she's an absolutely wonderful boat with a rich, long history, but also because she's been wanting to come here for years and she's been having a hard time finding a place,” said Carolina Salguero, director of PortSide New York. “So we're really, really excited to be able to help her."

"This a reward for our crew who spends a lot of time keeping Gazela sailing,” said Eric Lorgus of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. “All the maintenance, the scraping, the painting, repairing you know, places of the wood that have rotted, so it's a payoff for the crew."

The boat still runs on a manual, 1930s vintage diesel engine, and the old stove in the kitchen still works.

Tours are available today, Sunday and Monday.

They are free, though there is a suggested donation of $5.

For more information, go to PortSideNewYork.org.

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