by Denise LiGreci, Development Associate
On September 14, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) gave friends of the Institute a unique opportunity to observe the working Port of New York and New Jersey in an up-close-and-personal way. Aboard the Sandy Hook Pilots' Pilot No.1, the New York, invited guests, representing SCI’s broad base of supporters, including churches, the shipping industry, maritime law, US Coast Guard, and other individuals, sailed around the harbor, listening to live music, enjoying delicious food, and mingling with one another and SCI staff.
The New York navigated its way through the contours of the harbor to pass multiple cargo ships. As the boat passed Port Newark, SCI’s President and Executive Director, the Rev. David M. Rider, spoke about the services SCI provides at its hospitality center there, which finishes its extensive renovations this fall. SCI Chaplain Jacques Girard pointed out ships he visited earlier in the day and shared stories about their crews.
“The Pilot Boat Cruise is such a great opportunity to thank our supporters and introduce new friends to SCI,” said Carrie Christensen, Special Events Coordinator. “It’s a great mix of educating people about SCI’s mission and enjoying casual conversation in a fantastic atmosphere.”
The Sandy Hook Pilots graciously donated their boat, the Pilot No. 1 New York, for the event. The Pilots play a vital role in maritime commerce, as they use their in-depth knowledge of the local waters to board ocean-going vessels and guide them in and out of the harbor.
SCI thanks the following sponsors, whose support completely underwrote the cost of the event: Bennett Lawrence Management LLC, Capital Counsel LLC, Denise Manning, Polen Capital Management LLC, and UBS Financial Services Inc.
A special thanks also to Statue Cruises, who generously donated the Battery Park Seawall, this year’s new docking location.