PRINT May 1980

Ree Morton

IT WAS A COLD DAY in New York for early June. Standing under the FDR Drive at the edge of the East River exaggerated the chill, but the weather only put a physical edge on the tingle of excitement that I was already feeling. For a few friends and I had come to that spot to see something which another friend had made. Ree Morton had secured a moored sailing ship at the South Street Seaport Museum and had transformed it into her own vessel. And, she had told us, we were a part of it. That was all we knew as we approached the pier. . . .

After passing some of the more spectacular ships, that looked just the same as they always had, we came to the small fishing schooner, the Lettie G. Howard. It looked festive in contrast to these other sedate, historic relics. From deck to top masts, flags flew, just what one would expect of a ship adorned in celebration. But the flags were neither nautical

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