Intro Lesson: Today we had the great pleasure to visit the John J. Harvey, a retired fireboat docked along the Hudson. From the JJH website: “Built in 1931, MV John J. Harvey, at 130 ft and 268 net tons, is among the most powerful fireboats ever in service. She has five 600 HP diesel engines, and has capacity to pump 18,000 gallons of water a minute. Her pumps are powerful–enough so that when she and the George Washington Bridge were both brand new, she shot water over the bridge’s roadway. She was retired by the New York City Fire Department in 1994 and bought at auction by her current owners in 1999. She was placed on The National Register of Historic Places in June 2000.” She had a special role to play on 9/11 when she was able to pump water from the Hudson to the disaster site.
Word of the Day: intrepid
Along the way we passed by the USS Intrepid Museum. The crew of the John J. Harvey was intrepid in helping on 9/11. Our riders are intrepid in our adventures.
(from Latin in- not + trepidus alarmed = unshaken, undaunted)
Fireboat:Our Crew was on fire today !!! Well, not literally, but super excited to head out to see the John J Harvey. We headed north on 1st avenue, made a left on 102nd, and couple more turns after that. At this point we were in Central Park. Here, Cappy taught the crew of a rare Asian tree who’s in a group/family/genus of its own !! After, we cut across the park and headed west until we hit 96St. & Columbus avenue. Young Magna Carta and Swerve rode fearless in the street of NYC focusing on the goal, seeing that John
J Harvey !! The Crew took a short break as we head south on the west side bike path then saddled up. While riding the path we saw unique playgrounds, basketball courts, boats. That’s not all, we seen Cyclopedia’s favorite bird, you guessed it the Cormorant!!! He clearly was guiding us to the fireboat. As we continued peddling and following Zach’s (the cormorant) directions, we saw the Intrepid and knew we were close. Once we got there Cappy checked if there were any tour guides, but then he remembered we are our explorers and did not need them !! The Crew was in awe when they saw the boat and took some pretty cool pictures of the John J Harvey. After that, our crew saddled for the long ride back home. Cyclopedia a.k.a. Intrepid .
This trip was on August 14, 2012
Programming time: 4.5 hours
Riding time: 3 hours
Distance: 13.5 miles
|Calvin Debrecourt||Sabian Gago|
Leaders: Cappy Collins, Jhevaughn Langley, Onyx Salvador