Naming of the Fleet

Due to the proximity of our school to new and existing ferry landings, P.S./I.S. 78Q was eligible to participate in a new vessel naming competition that allowed eligible 2nd grade classes to nominate names for 13 new citywide ferries.

In partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Hornblower, the Department of Education held a competition to name 13 new vessels that will be inaugurated this summer. These new vessels connect New Yorkers along six brand new routes extending over 60 miles of waterways. The students drew from topics discussed in Units 1, 2, or 3 of the DOE’s Social Studies Scope and Sequence.

OPPORTUNITY & MUNSEE

We are thrilled to announce that entries submitted by Ms. Di Roma’s class (201) and Ms. Loguercio’s class (203) both inspired names for two of the thirteen new Citywide Ferry Boats. Ms. Di Roma’s class came up with the name OPPORTUNITY, whilst Ms. Loguercio’s class created MUNSEE. The official boat names will be registered by the United States Coast Guard and will be recognized by members of the maritime community. The boats named by these two classes will be enjoyed by many passengers riding on the new Citywide Ferry.

A word from Ms. DiRoma – Class 201

The name “Opportunity”, was thought of after reading Building Manhattan by Laura Villa. The book taught us about how Manhattan started as just a small island, and over time was built up into the extraordinary city it is today. The word ‘opportunity’ was thought of after learning about all of the diverse people who came to America for a better life. Opportunity also means chance. Without chance, the first settlers wouldn’t have come to America to seek the land of opportunity, better life, and new beginnings.

The Munsee people made a life here first, in what was called Manhatta, by using the resources around them to survive. Additionally, the Munsee’s created their own clothing, built their own houses, and hunted animals to eat. They used the natural resources around them to help build a life.

On the other hand, travelers from other countries, such as England, sent explorers around the world to find a faster route to Asia for spices. In their travels, explorers like Henry Hudson, thought they could find Asia through the Northwest Passage. Little did they know, there was no Northwest Passage, but North America, which was discovered by the English in 1624. Hudson’s crew, settled by the mouth of the Hudson River, which became the city of New York. Upon arrival, the explorers found the first inhabitants, the Munsee’s, already in the area.

As time continued, the city began to build up as more and more countries discovered America. Engineers started to build bridges, tall buildings, thick roads, and transportation, which made New York City a more desirable place to live.

Today, New York City acts as a melting pot consisting of many diverse people from a variety of cultures, religions, countries, and languages. This is why “Ferry of Opportunity” should be the vessels name. Thanks to our vibrant past discoveries, New York City was, and still continues to be the city of opportunity.

A word from Ms. Loguercio – Class 203

We decided to name a new local Citywide Ferry, the Munsee after the Munsees. We have been learning about New York City over time. We learned about the First Inhabitants of New York City, the Munsees. The Munsees were the first people to call New York home before any other settlers. Since we live in New York City, the students were extremely interested in the Munsees because they were able to relate to the Munsees in some way.

The Munsee’s showed the students how their community, New York City, has changed over time. The students read resources in regard to the Munsee’s way of life, their traditions and culture. The students felt that the Munsees are an important part of history, especially the history of New York City. They wanted to name the ferry, the Munsee to illustrate how significant the Munsees are to New York City. The Munsees are relevant to New York City’s maritime history because the Munsees were the first people who inhabited New York. Water, including ponds, fish and the nearby oceans were very important for the Munsees, as they needed to fish to survive. Just like people now need ferries to trade and travel across a body of water, the Munsees used dugout canoes to help them fish for food. They also used the surrounding water to trade goods with nearby Natives.

We feel this name is the best for the new vessel because it demonstrates the history and culture of the Munsees. Having a vessel named after the Munsees would emphasize the importance of their traditions and culture to New York City. New York City is famous for its ethnic and cultural diversity. The Munsees highlight the cultural diversity that is New York City. We look forward to watching this new ferry vessel became part of our New York City culture!