December 29, 1997



Then 7:00 in the morning to go to Manhattan when we arrived. We had a donut and then we took a cab all the way down to the lowest part of Manhattan. My brother and sister went on a ship while me and my mom had lunch because we were too cold it felt as if it were below 30 degrees. Then we went in a few shops until my brother and sister and my dad were done.


Today we went into Manhattan again. We had hoped to do some gallery touring in Soho. Leezy had recommended that we start at 560 Broadway and go on from there. Turns out that the photo galleries are all closed on Monday. Nevertheless it was exciting to be in Soho. There was a lot of bustle, and people everywhere.

Channing bought a blue knit cap from a street vendor.

We took a cab to South Street Seaport, a maritime museum complex.

Rev, Logan, and I went into a painting gallery, and then a children's center. The paintings were a collection of Hudson River steamers by the Bards. Meanwhile, Jane and Channing had a light lunch at a nearby seafood restaurant.



It had gotten rather chilly, and Jane couldn't stay outdoors any more. So Logan joined Jane and Channing visiting shops, while Rev and I toured two sailing ships that were being restored. These were among the last sail cargo shops made, iron hulled, and quite big. Our guide explained that sail had remained economically viable for certain routes and cargoes up into the 1930s, though the depression idled most of the ships. He pointed out the high sills on the doorways - perhaps a foot or more high. These prevented water from rushing into the cabin areas when there was water on the deck. Under full load the main deck was not very far above sea level, and water frequently came on board. The woodwork was very beautiful, exquisitely made of teak, mahogany, and other fine woods, with care and attention to detail that would never be lavished on a piece of industrial equipment today.

The sailors' bunks were tiny. I had Rev lie down in one. It was a reasonable fit for an 8 year old boy. But it was used by grown men.

Steering on these ships was very hard work. The helm had no power assist; four men were needed to handle it. Even so, steering duty was taken in two hour shifts rather than the standard 4 hours of other work assignments.

In the galley, the cook worked on a coal-fired stove, weather permitting.


Then we went to the United Nations and took a tour that lasted an hour. We learned many things, like what all the buildings were used for.


After the Seaport, we took the subway to the U.N. The weather was getting worse, and Jane was getting really cold. She waited in the warm lobby area while the kids and I went on the last U.N. tour of the day, seeing the Security Council chamber, the General Assembly chamber, and several others. We also saw several art pieces that had been donated by various countries.

Logan's United Nations Tour Badge


That sticker was my key to the tour in the U.N. The U.N. stands for United Nations. The United Nations is a corporation that people from all around the world work in. The United Nations is not a part of America. Let me give you some history on it. The United Nations was first started in San Francisco. This building was made because of the war called World War 2. Because they wanted a building to talk things over so they won't have any more wars. On the tour we saw a lot of things. We saw rooms, paintings, pictures made out of rock, etc. It is very cold outside and it is raining. Sorry I forgot to tell you that the United Nations is in Manhattan, and we had to take a train to Manhattan.


Then it started raining really hard so we took the train back to my grandma's house and grandpa's. Then I watched a little TV and then went right to bed.


Tomorrow I am going to leave New York and go to Pennsylvania. We are going to the Amish country and we are going to visit Hershey and get a lot of yummy in my tummy Hershey's chocolate.

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