Campaign for PortSide's own Sandy recovery
It has been so gratifying for us at PortSide to help Red Hook residents and businesses with their Sandy recovery and to see people get back on their feet.
We now hope to get support for our own Sandy recovery. We need to raise $26,000. Here's the story.
The PortSide crew protected the ship MARY A. WHALEN from Sandy, but everything off the ship that we could not move (or had no where to move to) was damaged. Those damages (over $340,000) generated the pool of funds upon which our project is based.
More about the project on our Sandy Recovery campaign webpage.
Please Donate. You make our work on and off the ship possible.
We beg you to donate any other way that mailing a check if you can, due to chronic problems with the Red Hook Post Office . Mail goes missing, mail arrives two months late, correctly addressed donation checks are returned... By clicking on the SUPPORT US tab on this page, you can donate by credit card and PayPal. If you can only donate by check, please call or email us, and we will give you an address where you can mail it. We are still working on establishing a new address out of zip code 11231.
In-kind donations of goods, services and volunteer time are also greatly appreciated. If you would like to offer those, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PortSide NewYork is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. We are listed with Guide Star a nationally recognized source of information on nonprofit organizations in the USA.
We are are especially grateful to the following:
Major In-kind donors include:
District Council 9
Lehigh Valley Maritime
K-Sea Transportation (now part of Kirby)
Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering
Port Authority of NY & NJ
Southern Service Group
In-kind donors help our IT universe and make it easier to reach you. They have donated a projector, computer equipment, security cameras and recording equipment for the boat. Some even beam their home internet connection to the tanker (thank you Rafi and Liz Magnes). Thanks to thefollowing and to our pro bono IT whiz David Sheahan who knits it all together: Nexaria Wireless, Broadtone Networks, AVerMedia, CMIT Solutions of Brooklyn North, GlobalProSecurity,
In 2016, the exterior of the MARY A. WHALEN is being restored in large part with labor from the painters' union District Council 9 which is using the ship as a training site. We give them a site, they give us labor, and we partner in training union labor. The paint is thanks to a generous donation by International Paint.
Big thanks to Erika Stetson who donated her December 2013 to us, enabling us to rehab the galley.
Special thanks to those who helped us with our Sandy damage: Engineer Steve Swift and Steel Maestro Paul Amico for their days of work stabilizing MARY WHALEN's engine parts which were flooded in the shed. Thanks to Geoff Thomspon of GT Materials Handling for the heroic on-deadline work of finding us a vendor to quote repair of damage to our 1941 Hyster so we could apply for a grant to repair the Sandy damage to that Karry Krane. Big thanks to Frank Farkas of General Forklift Company for coming over on no notice to assess the damage. Thanks to the folks from Narratively who helped clean up our storage area.
Thank you American Stevedoring, Inc. for providing a free home for the Mary A. Whalen, electricity, labor and storage space for the better part of the time from September 2006 until September 2011.
Thanks to those who helped us get most of the parts to fix the Mary Whalen's engine: Stabbert Maritime in Seattle who accommodated the disruption of our request for parts and discounted their fees; Washington State Department of Natural Resources who negotiated on our behalf and who provided history on the Ked and Bushey tankers in general; Gerry Weinstein who donated $5,000 to pay for the parts and more towards the shipping; K-Sea Transportation (bought by Kirby) who donated $2,000 towards the cost of shipping and provided engine info; American Stevedoring who unloaded and stored the parts in their warehouse; A & P Freight who gave us a nice price on shipping; the fleet of engineers who provided advice on vintage engines: Gary Matthews, Bobby Mowbray, Charlie Chillemi, Tim Ivory, Nobby Peers, Adrian Lipp; Gerry Weinstein who referred us to engineers and whose Archive of Industry provided much info on Bushey engines davits, Mary Habstritt, President of the National Society of Industrial Archeology who tapped the west coast SIA membership which got Ries Niemi, and Erik Knise involved; the other West Coast site crew Antonio Salguero of Coastwise Marine Design and Kris Lindberg. Big thanks to Bernie Ente, the King of Newtown Creek, who told us about the Ked in the first place! We wish Bernie were still alive to see the progress.
Thanks for research by Captain Dick Forster, Ed Drury, Thomas Rinaldi (who told us about the Supreme Court case involving The Whalen) and thanks to the folks at K-SEA Transportation, especially Rick Falcinelli, for history and documents, free towing, generous advice and donations. K-SEA, under the name Eklof, was the last company to run The Whalen as a tanker. To Jan Andrusky at Weeks Marine, thanks for great networking and connecting us to the right people.
Thanks too for special services provided by our contractors and suppliers: Charles Deroko, Surveyor; the pump out folks at Clean Water of New York; Independent Testing; John Tretout of Amorica Paint. Thanks much to Bernie Mellies, the marine engineer who drew up the spudwell plan pro bono.
Thanks to our supportive friends at Hughes Marine and Reinauer Transportation in Erie Basin who were so patient over eighteen months while we considered buying the boat, looked for a berth, insurance and a shipyard. They could have sent The Whalen to the scrapyard; but they gave us the time to find a way to save her. Thanks to them too for advice, material support and equipment storage, especially Bob Hughes, Brian Hughes, Phil Marion and Tommy George.
And thanks to all of you who have sent historic photos of the Whalen at work: Steve Cryan; Barry Masterson; Bob Mattson; Dave Boone, and for newer photos and video thanks to Helen Tschudi, Blake McDowell, Jenny Kane, Bernie Ente, Frank Lynch.
Thanks to GMD Shipyard who provided us a free home during the winter months of 2008.
And thanks to our dozens of volunteers! Your enthusiasm keeps us inspired. Your work keeps us advancing the ball!