FRIDAY MAY 15 2015

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The Barge is 100 years old this year!
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Pirate Ball
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2015 Pirate Ball Sponsored by

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Barge 100

BARGE 100 is a celebration beginning in 2014 that honors the 100th anniversary of the historic Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge Number 79. Built in 1914, the Number 79 represents the only surviving all-wooden example of the Hudson River Railroad Barge from the Lighterage Age (1860-1960) that remains afloat and is accessible to the general public. The Barge is a rarity based not only upon her historical significance and social impact, but also upon her pristine state of preservation.

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The Waterfront Museum

In 1986, Captain David Sharps founded The Waterfront Museum aboard the Barge to promote understanding of New York Harbor’s maritime history and its importance to the commercial, cultural and recreational life of the city and the world. Since 1994, the Museum and the barge have been docked in Red Hook, Brooklyn and have become both a neighborhood landmark and a source of pride for the community. The mission of BARGE 100 is to raise awareness of this historic vessel and to ensure that future generations continue to learn from her. All proceeds from The Pirate Ball and all BARGE 100 special events will benefit the Waterfront Museum Barge.

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Pirate Ball Countdown!

CollagesUptown, Downtown come one come all, it’s the Pirate Ball countdown! Spring has sprung and summer’s about to come!
As expected, we have even more sponsors! We welcome aboard Provence en Boite, Classic Harbor Line, DeBragga and Mad Mac Macaroon – Blimey!!
Of course we be eatin’ our mutton with our hands, wiping our mouths on our sleeves and drinking rum while singing songs.
Back in the day, pirates actually captured musicians and forced them to play music aboard the ships. The songs that the pirates loved most were the ones that they could sing and dance to and of course, drink to as well. So let me remind you all that plenty of merriment from this years entertainers is a guarantee! So, come join us all you buccaneers; heave ho all you scallywags and seadogs; you’ll be three sheets in the wind by the time you’re land ho!

That be the pirate way. david smith Trio

Pirate Ball 2015 almost here!

Yes folks, we’re only 25 days away from boarding ship! Have you saved the date? Have you decided what costume to wear? Have you decided who to bring? This is the event not to miss! Read on and see who’s joined us to assure you will have the best time ever!
We want to welcome back as well as thank our new sponsors for this years’ exciting event:
Con Edison, Investors Bank, Brooklyn Crab, Naturally Delicious, Musician’s General Store, Lion In The Sun, Sixpoint Brewery, Fairway, Stinky Brooklyn, Smith and Vine, Jolie Cantina, Petite Crevette, Manhattan by Sail, Bond Street Theater, William King Photography, Van Brunt Stillhouse, Red Hook Star Review, Big Apple Circus and Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie. (with even more to come!)

This year we honor Alice Scanlan and Josephine Myers (sisters) who grew up on the Lehigh Valley Barge as well as our captain, David Sharps!
We’ll also bring you “Live” musical performances from the David Smith Trio, and NYC’s favorite Dance Band – METROPOLIS! A Live Auction with auctioneer offering our guests various NYC sailing trips, a delicious sunset dinner for eight on-board the Barge as well as wonderful gifts and prizes for the very popular ‘Walk the Plank” and “Best Costume” of the night. Enjoy the breath taking sunset views of NY Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and the warm summer nights breeze on the pier……come on; how can you miss all that?

Yes, we guarantee a fantastic evening but what is not a guarantee is that without your support, the Lehigh Valley Barge No. 79 and the Red Hook Waterfront Barge Museum may not be able to continue this annual fundraiser in the future. So please, purchase your tickets now and share this extraordinary event with your family and friends. On behalf of David Sharps, and all of us on the Barge100 committee, thank you!

Check out the most recent Press Release:


Hello fellow shipmates, it’s been a while!

The committee for Barge100 has been working very hard with lots of progress for the “Pirate Ball 2015” fundraising event! This year we are honoring Alice Scanlon and Josephine Meyers (sisters) as well as our Captain himself, David Sharps! We’re having great sponsors supporting us (many from the last event) such as: Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn Crab, Van Brunt Still-house, Stinky Brooklyn, Petite Crevette, Jolie Cantina, Naturally Delicious, Musician’s General Store and more coming on board as we speak! Entertainment will be extraordinary this year with jazz from the David Smith Trio to start the night off and all night dancing with Metropolis, NYC’s premier dance band! If that’s not enough, we’ll also feature a “live” auction with unique and incredible items to bid on. Let us not forget the party outside; the always so popular Rum Bar and Walk the Plank attraction with a grand prize awarded for “Best Costume” hopefully worn by you! Please join us for this truly fun and benevolent event to support the Waterfront Museum Barge – Lehigh Valley No. 79 ( a 101 year old wooden barge) remain in Red Hook Brooklyn for all to enjoy for another 100 years to come!IMG_0599!



Hello all!

The Barge Centennial Committee  to oversee and manage the efforts of this years Barge 100’s “Pirate Ball” is proud to announce the next fundraising event!

After the major success of the last Pirate Ball held on Sept. 19th 2013, the committee felt that we should  once again promote this event for the benefit of keeping the Lehigh Valley No. 79/ Red Hook Waterfront Museum Barge afloat! (pun intended) It’s historical contribution to New York’s maritime heritage and the cultural benefits to the residents of Brooklyn, NYC and all over the world is important to preserve . If you’ve ever been to the barge or have attended this or any other event, then you know how important this mission truly is! The Pirate Ball was successful in this cause and promises to be once again.

If you didn’t hear about it or had missed it, then make sure you save the date! (time and details will follow soon.) In the meantime, feel free to contact us at: bargecentennialcommittee@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you!

Here are some pictures from the last event; as you can see it was a great time had by all!

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BK Live Interview

Brooklyn Independent Media show BK Live interview with artist Stephen Mallon, Curator Michele Jaslow and Museum Director David Sharps.


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