About Clipper City Tall Ship Harbor Lights Sail
Join us for a shipboard experience you will remember for all your life as we unfurl the massive square-rigged sails of Americas largest operating tall ship for a cruise of the Big Apples famous harbor. Enjoy stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge as we get underway. We will pass close to the Statue of Liberty under the awesome power of the wind and enjoy sweeping views of Ellis Island the Manhattan Skyline the fortifications of Governors Island and Battery Park at the mouth of the Hudson River. Depending on the winds and tides the captain may sail up the Buttermilk Channel or out to the Verrazano Bridge spanning the ocean entrance to NY Harbor. Prevailing winds all but guarantee an exciting adventure on the waters! Big City Clippers dominated the coastal trade in the US and the world during the 1800s the Civil War and into the early 20th Century when steamships came to the forefront. CLIPPER CITY - the "Big City Clipper" - is the largest United States Coast Guard certified sailing vessel in the United States. The barquentine-rigged CLIPPER CITY is an exact reconstruction of the historic ship built in 1854 using original plans loaned from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Nothing will prepare you for the amazing sensation of being on one of the largest sailing boats still in commercial operation today...158 feet long with masts rising 12 off the deck. Flying over 8000 square feet of sail and weighing in at over 200 tons the Clipper City is both the iconic newest addition to the NYC skyline and a stunning reminder of New Yorks role in Americas 19th Century rise to prominence in global commerce. Includes - Cruise aboard the Big City Clipper Excludes - Meals and drinks - Personal expenses - Tips and gratuities - Optional activity costs Please Note - Children below 3 years old are free of charge. - Passengers are required to arrive at the dock 30 minutes before the sail. Boat will not wait for stragglers. - The temperature can be cooler out on the water so dress accordingly. - Private tours are available at an hourly rate. Please inquire. - Fully customizable itineraries catering and bar packages are available. Please inquire. - Narration selected highlights will be announced. - Large protected canopy allows all weather sailing. - Food and refreshments available for purchase Beer wine soda and mixed drinks.