Wednesday, February 12, 2020

SATURDAY: Sketch the Noble Maritime Collection

Many thanks to Julie Kessler 
once again for suggesting an 
interesting place we've never visited.

"John Noble made his art in a houseboat studio that he cobbled together, Frankenstein’s Monster-like, out of sundry boat bits and bobs over years.  The Collection acquired his studio, restored it beautifully, and moved the whole thing into a room in the building, where you can peek inside.

'This museum suffers from a misleading name.  I walked into the Noble Maritime Collection expecting a dark basement full of dusty old nautical stuff, with a stuffy aristocratic bent. Instead, the collection occupies three light-filled, airy, beautifully restored floors of Building D at Sailors’ Snug Harbor."

'The founding of Sailor’s Snug Harbor is a great story, involving none other than the ubiquitous Alexander Hamilton.  Robert Richard Randall left a bequest to found what eventually became Snug Harbor in his will in 1801.  Hamilton was the family lawyer.  According to the lore, Randall wasn’t sure what to do with his fortune, and Ham asked him from whence it came.  Randall said from his father, who got it through “honest privateering.”  And Ham said, effectively, that if his fortune came from the sea, it should return there. 

'So the idea of a home for old, worn-out, and decrepit sailors was born.  They originally were going to put it on Randall’s property in Manhattan, but Manhattan property values being what they were, ultimately opted to use the property to generate income, and put the sailors somewhere where land was cheaper.  Snug Harbor opened in Staten Island in 1831."
Quoted from Joe Lazlo's GothamJoe website

What:  Sketch the Noble Maritime Collection in Snug Harbor, Staten Island.

Where:  Snug Harbor, in Building D.

When:   Saturday February 15th, 2020.  Meet at 11:00 AM at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal  -


  • From Manhattan take the Staten Island Ferry from the Whitehall Terminal/South Ferry, which is a short walking distance from the 1, 9, 4, 5, N, R subway lines.  
  • Once we arrive at the ferry terminal in Staten Island we'll take the S40 bus via Ramp D for two miles and exit at Snug Harbor.  
  • The museum opens at noon.

Lunch:  Since we're starting at noon bring your own food.  It's a long walk to stores and restaurants.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM Location to be determined.  This is the social part of our day where we will share drawings and good stories.


-  Bring a folding stool if you have one - it gives you more options.

If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

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