Mary A. Whalen
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Mary A. Whalen (tanker) is located in New York City
Mary A. Whalen (tanker)
Mary A. Whalen (tanker) is located in New York
Mary A. Whalen (tanker)
Mary A. Whalen (tanker) is located in the United States
Mary A. Whalen (tanker)
LocationPier 11, Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York
Coordinates40°41′05″N 74°00′28″W / 40.68472°N 74.00778°W / 40.68472; -74.00778Coordinates: 40°41′05″N 74°00′28″W / 40.68472°N 74.00778°W / 40.68472; -74.00778
AreaLess than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built1938 (1938)
Built byJohn J. Mathis Company
NRHP reference #12000831[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 3, 2012

Mary A. Whalen, known as the S.T. Kiddoo from 1938 to 1958, is a historic oil tanker located in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. She is the home of the non-profit PortSide NewYork, and the group runs programs aboard her. She was built in 1938 by the John J. Mathis Company, of Camden, New Jersey Hull #124, and measures 172 feet long.[2] She is a rare surviving example of a "bell boat," a ship controlled from the engine room with telegraph signals sent from the bridge.[3] The tanker shipped various fuel products along East Coast and was at center of United States v. Reliable Transfer Co., a pivotal 1975 Supreme Court decision in maritime law after she ran aground in Rockaway Inlet in 1968. She was in active service until 1994.[4]:3, 11

She was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 10/01/12 through 10/05/12. National Park Service. 2012-10-12.
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  3. ^ What's a bell boat?
  4. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2015-12-01.[permanent dead link] Note: This includes Kathleen LaFrank and Mark Peckham (April 2012). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Mary A. Whalen" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-12-01. See also: "Accompanying photos".

External links

  • Red Hook WaterStories.