Alice carries stone, but here I mean ships made of stone or other unlikely material like terracotta and processed ores. Less functional they are than concrete canoes but much more ceremonial. They’re all over. Here are some of my favorite from New York.



Above is the restored facade of the Audubon Ballroom, notorious for the assassination of Malcolm X. Before that it was a place of entertainment and union organizing. The figurehead is identified as Neptune, the ship the Argo, but the figure holding torch and anchor has no name. Not fair. By the way . . . what is she? Answer is NOT mermaid.



She who blesses ships on 20 Exchange Place.



Memories of ships such as the Maine at Merchant’s Gate to Central Park.



Some obscure penteconter (scroll down from”galley”) near Wall Street.The smudge midsail is a metal bracket and two bored holes below the oars are puzzling.

So . . what are your favorite stone ships? More on that creature above in tomorrow’s post; a hint is that she’s resembles the logo of the company supposedly named after the first mate in Moby Dick.

By the way, interested in stone ships, women, men, etc. check out Dianne L. Durante’s great new book.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.