As I walked out on Pier 15 in lower Manhattan, I spotted the sailing vessel, Wavertree, and anybody who has ever listened to Jimmy Buffet will understand why I began singing a “line from a song” entitled, “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor.” (Click here and I’ll bet you will begin singing too.) Ship Information: It was launched in 1885 in Southhampton. It is 325 feet (99 m) long including spars and 263 feet (80 m) on deck. The ship is the largest remaining wrought iron vessel. Initially it was used for transporting jute from east India to Scotland, and then was involved in the tramp trade. In 1947 it was converted into a sand barge, and in 1968 it was acquired by the South Street Seaport Museum. In 1978 the ship was entered in the National Register of Historic Places.