The barkentine Gazela will arrive at Pier 11 (enter at Pioneer and Conover Streets), Red Hook, this Wednesday, August 18, and remain through Monday, August 23. Tours of the ship will be available Thursday from 2-5 pm, Friday from 2-6 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Monday from 2-5 pm. A $5 donation is requested for tours, but is not mandatory.
Cabaret Red Light will present two performances of Seven Deadly Seas, one at 8:00 pm and one at 10:00 pm, on Gazela’s deck each evening Thursday through Sunday (Monday is the rain date). The show is described as “an adult thing” because it includes “a modest burlesque” at the close. Tickets are $25, and may be purchased here.
Gazela was built in Portugal in 1901, and served in that country’s cod fishing fleet until 1969, crossing the Atlantic to fish on the famous Grand Banks. In 1971, philanthropist William Wikoff Smith bought her and brought her to Philadelphia, where she is now maintained by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild (your correspondent photographed her at her berth at Penn’s Landing four years ago). This is her first visit to New York.
Gazela’s visit is sponsored by PortSide New York, which maintains the historic harbor tanker Mary Whalen at Pier 11. Tomorrow evening, Mary’s deck will be the venue for Jalopy Theater’s Roots & Ruckus Show, featuring Two-Man Gentleman Band, Stephanie Nilles, Mamie Minch and Dayna Kurtz, and Feral Foster. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased here, where you can also get more details about the event (e.g. free lasagna!).