South Street Seaport Museum Ships
Lettie G. Howard
W. O. Decker
The South Street Seaport Museum is responsible for bringing in many different historic ships, and some have a longer residency than others. On display (as of 2016) are a fleet of six ships, including the 1885 schooner Pioneer; the 1907 lightship Ambrose, equipped with a radio beacon to assist ships in navigating from the Atlantic Ocean into New York Bay; the 1885 Wavertree, one of the last surviving wrought-iron sailing ships in the world (currently being restored in Staten Island); the 1893 schooner and oyster boat Lettie G. Howard; the 1911 barque Peking (which in 2016 will be returned to the city of its birth, Hamburg, Germany, to be part of the new German Port Museum); and the 1930 wooden tugboat W. O. Decker. Visitors are allowed to board the Pioneer and the Ambrose.
Pier 16 is located in the New York City and State and National Register of Historic Places South Street Seaport historic districts. The Ambrose and the Lettie G. Howard are both a Nation Historic Landmarks and listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The Wavertree and the W. O. Decker are both listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.