Sail New York Harbor


Pioneer | 1885 Schooner

Pioneer’s sailing season has begun! | Click here for calendar and tickets

Spend an afternoon at the Museum! Pioneer tickets include free admission to the Museum’s exhibitions. Choose the afternoon special when selecting your trip and then bring your ticket to the Museum before or after your sail! Museum tours leave every 1/2 hour starting at 11:30am, please be sure to arrive with ample time before your sail if you wish to visit the museum before your trip. Click Here for Calendar and Tickets

In the days before paved roads, small coastal schooners such as Pioneer were the delivery trucks of their era, carrying various cargoes between coastal communities: lumber and stone from the islands of Maine, brick on the Hudson River, and oyster shell on the Chesapeake Bay. Almost all American cargo sloops and schooners were wood, but because she was built in what was then this country’s center of iron shipbuilding, Pioneer had wrought-iron hull. She was the first of only two cargo sloops built of iron in this country, and is the only iron-hulled American merchant sailing vessel still in existence.

By 1930, when new owners moved her from the Delaware River to Massachusetts, she had been fitted with an engine, and was no longer using sails. In 1966 she was substantially rebuilt and turned into a sailing vessel once again. Today she plies the waters of NY Harbor carrying adults and children instead of cargo in her current role as a piece of “living history.”

Today Pioneer is an award winning sail training vessel teaching volunteers of all kinds, traditional maritime skills, and the art of tall ship sailing. Visitors can board Pioneer for 2-hour day and evening cruises as she sails New York Harbor May through October. Pioneer offers special sails and programs and is available for private charter throughout her season.

Special Sails & Charters



Our 1885 Schooner Pioneer is available for charters. Bring your friends, coworkers, and colleagues aboard for 2-hour sails in New York Harbor with striking views of the lower Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty and Governors Island.

Note: The button above will connect you to our charter associate.