Welcome aboard AMBROSE! This ship was built to mark the entrance to the Ambrose Channel, a deep water route through New York Harbor. Opened in 1908, the Ambrose Channel allows safe passage into the Port of New York and New Jersey for large and deep vessels.
A lightship acts as a floating lighthouse, anchored in locations that prohibit the construction of a conventional lighthouse. At one point, 164 lightships helped to guide vessels into U.S. ports. These vessels were slowly replaced by buoys and towers as new technology became available in the latter half of the 20th century.
South Street Seaport Museum has restored this ship to reflect her service in New York Harbor from 1908 to 1932. Please look out for steps and low doorways, and have a great visit!