We’re Headed to the Ohio River

We are happy to announce that in summer 2019 the…

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River Voices (Unofficial Cut) – 2018 Trailer

A collaboration between artists Wes Modes and Lauren Kincaid-Filbey, as…

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Shantyboat Dotty in Felton Remembers Parade [VIDEO]

Shantyboat Dotty and crew in Felton Remember Parade

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Exploring Our Very Own San Lorenzo River

This year, the folks at the arts council making Ebb…

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Roland Law’s Wildest Dream for the San Lorenzo River [VIDEO]

Roland Law talks about his conservation work along the banks…

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George Ow Jr Tells Us About Chinatowns along the San Lorenzo River [VIDEO]

An interview with George Ow Jr. along the banks of…

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Interview with Leo Cruz along the San Lorenzo River [VIDEO]

Interview with Leo Cruz about growing up near a river…

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Crisis Cam!!

Crisis Cam!!

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Interviewed with Mary Beeson along the San Lorenzo River [VIDEO]

Your browser does not support the video tag. I interviewed…

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Interview with Greg Pepping about San Lorenzo River [VIDEO]

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We Need Your Help

This year, the project is exploring the rich and important American…

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Sea King

This is the new SEA KING outboard motor we bought…

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An Exhibition at Louisville’s Portland Museum

In early February, we staged an exhibition at Portland Museum…

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Insider Louisville: Exhibit on America’s river heritage finds berth at Portland Museum

Ahead of a shantyboat trip down the Ohio River this…

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Interview with shipmate Benzy [VIDEO]

SL Benz has been a shipmate on the Secret History…

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The “Mad” Ohio: the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937

The greatest natural disaster in Tri-State history happened in January-February…

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Flatboatmen of the Frontier 1941 Ohio River Valley Documentary [VIDEO]

Enjoy this charming (and educational) 1941 documentary covers the process…

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Ohio River: Young Man River 1965 US Army Corps of Engineers [VIDEO]

An amazing mid-century educational film by the US Army Corps…

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River Tramps: The Strange Floating Population Found on the Ohio

Where shantyboat history has been hard to come by on…

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Searching for Living Native History in the Ohio River Valley

I've been going crazy all evening looking for native people…

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Remembering Tom Holman creator of Bomfire Pizza in Sabula, Iowa

There simply is not enough that can be said about…

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Honoring Tim Mason and the Floating Shantyboat Library

I just found out that the world has become poorer…

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Small Boats: River People – Shantyboat on the Sacramento River

Wes Modes spent two years building a shantyboat using salvaged…

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A push to remove the homeless from the American River [VIDEO]

To follow up on our visit to the American River…

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Benzy and Hazel in Waterford NY

Benzy and Hazel in Waterford NY #shantyboat

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Old photo of the shantyboat on the Tennessee River

Old photo of the shantyboat on the Tennessee River

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Jeremiah and the ordered chaos of the shantyboat mid-journey

Jeremiah and the ordered chaos of the shantyboat mid-journey. Photo…

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I made it home safe and sound to the hills above Santa Cruz

I made it home safe and sound to the hills…

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Hagan, who is 5, was very taken with the shantyboat

Hagan, who is 5, was very taken with the shantyboat…

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In general, I love alleys, moreso in desert towns

In general, I love alleys, moreso in desert towns

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Truck stop near Holbrook Arizona

Truck stop near Holbrook Arizona #Shantyboat #RoadTrip #Arizona

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Driving a boat through Texas

Driving a boat through Texas

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There is something so beautiful and surreal about truck stops

There is something so beautiful and surreal about truck stops,…

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The friendly people in the diner insisted I sign the wall

The friendly people in the diner insisted I sign the…

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Uh oh. I haven’t had to worry about these tires ever since the good folks Predator Trailer in Omaha replace the trailer suspension, axles, wheels, and tires

Uh oh. I haven’t had to worry about these tires…

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All the way across the country I am passing up Waffle House

All the way across the country I am passing up…

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The Back Rhodes Diner (aka Faye’s Diner), where all the old dudes hang out for their morning coffee and breakfast

The Back Rhodes Diner (aka Faye’s Diner), where all the…

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People often ask us where we stay while we’re on the road. Answer: wherever we damn well please. Truck stops, parking lots, flat areas alongside the road, wherever

People often ask us where we stay while we’re on…

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Going through the Appalachian Mountains in Delaware it is rainy AF

Going through the Appalachian Mountains in Delaware it is rainy…

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The shantyboat trailer started its life with me as part of the Costco Soulmate Trading Outlet fleet

The shantyboat trailer started its life with me as part…

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This is a familiar scene going all the way back to 1999 my first year owning this trailer

This is a familiar scene going all the way back…

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Old friend Seanix and his brood put me up in a soft bed in their Colonial farm house for the night after a day of crazy

Old friend Seanix and his brood put me up in…

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Should I worry? By truckers now have app audio for this was “in 3.1 miles, enter tunnel and enter tunnel. Then enter tunnel and enter tunnel”

Should I worry? By truckers now have app audio for…

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Sweet fucking Jesus H Christ. Driving along the expressway into the Bronx across The Whitestone Bridge when suddenly truck and trailer go squirrley

Sweet fucking Jesus H Christ. Driving along the expressway into…

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Rafting up with the Captain D to say hey

Rafting up with the Captain D to say hey #Tugboat…

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College Point barge ruins

College Point barge ruins #nyc #beautifuldecay #collegepoint #nycboatride #flushingbay #Shantyboat

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Prison barge across from Rikers Island

Prison barge across from Rikers Island #Shantyboat #firetotheprisons #carceralstate

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Looking back through Hell Gate. Not so hellish at slack tide with a favorable wind. Onward to Flushing Bay

Looking back through Hell Gate. Not so hellish at slack…

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Our time on the Hudson River and in New York City draws to a close

Our time on the Hudson River and in New York…

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Interview with David Sharps director of the Waterfront Museum on the Lehigh Valley No. 79, one of the last wooden railroad barges

Interview with David Sharps director of the Waterfront Museum on…

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The beautiful chaos of Katz’s Delicatessen

The beautiful chaos of Katz’s Delicatessen #nyc #eastvillage #lowereastside #manhattan

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Manhattan exhibit packed up with the help of fellow Mariner Ron

Manhattan exhibit packed up with the help of fellow Mariner…

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Officer Martinez stopped me after I cross Williamsburg Bridge to remind me with the summons that in New York one cannot hold their cell phone

Officer Martinez stopped me after I cross Williamsburg Bridge to…

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When your houseboat is at low tide far below the top of the bulkhead and you need to bring up the heavy media kit

When your houseboat is at low tide far below the…

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Chicken Shit Bingo at the Bushwick City Farm

Chicken Shit Bingo at the Bushwick City Farm #bushwick #brooklyn…

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In case you were wondering if they were any traces of old Brooklyn still existing…

In case you were wondering if they were any traces…

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For years friends have been telling me “You’d fit in great in New York.”

For years friends have been telling me “You’d fit in…

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I hope I don’t ever become accustomed to New York City streets

I hope I don’t ever become accustomed to New York…

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Swale: a floating food forest, a project by @marymattingly that I wanted to see but accidentally ran into at Pier 4 at the Brooklyn Army Terminal

Swale: a floating food forest, a project by @marymattingly that…

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Considering that a combined sewage outflow can be triggered on Newtown Creek by 1/10 of an inch of rain, perhaps this isn’t the day for a swim in the creek

Considering that a combined sewage outflow can be triggered on…

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Marie Lorenz talks about her experience padding the entire 520 miles of the Erie Canal in 2016

Marie Lorenz talks about her experience padding the entire 520…

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Hard to get tired of this view

Hard to get tired of this view. #shantyboat #nyc #brooklyn…

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Highlands Current: Shanty on the River

Highlands Current By Ross Corsair Wes Modes and Lauren Benz,…

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Aboard the Mary A Walen, Carolina and Robert show me around the incredible galley, the engine room and on deck

Aboard the Mary A Walen, Carolina and Robert show me…

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So excited to finally visit the Mary A Whalen but alas all the hands may have been swept out to sea

So excited to finally visit the Mary A Whalen but…

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T. Willis Elkins of the Newtown Creek Alliance takes water samples and measurements of temperature, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity in more than a half dozen places on Newtown Creek

T. Willis Elkins of the Newtown Creek Alliance takes water…

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Dutch Kills off of Newtown Creek on a sampling expedition with T. Willis Elkins

Dutch Kills off of Newtown Creek on a sampling expedition…

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The marina of broken dreams

The marina of broken dreams #docks #pilings #newtowncreek #brooklyn #nyc

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In the wilds of Brooklyn, in a land of artists’ studios and light industrial garages, the Schamonchi serves as a floating community center at the end of Newtown Creek

In the wilds of Brooklyn, in a land of artists’…

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The Claw.

The Claw.

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Passing tow Mister Jim on Newtown Creek

Passing tow Mister Jim on Newtown Creek #Shantyboat #tugboat #Barges…

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Like a lot of NYC waterways, Newtown Creek is cleaner than it has been in the last 150 years, but dirtier than it should be

Like a lot of NYC waterways, Newtown Creek is cleaner…

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The Thing in Greenpoint Brooklyn where literally millions of unsorted records await you

The Thing in Greenpoint Brooklyn where literally millions of unsorted…

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The Hess Triangle

The Hess Triangle. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hess_triangle

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Josephine, Bella and Eric in the West Village who used to live in California and have traveled everywhere

Josephine, Bella and Eric in the West Village who used…

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Crif Dogs in the East Village where if you give the right password on the telephone in the booth, you slide into a hidden speakeasy

Crif Dogs in the East Village where if you give…

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Melvins Juice Box / Rum Bar – detox / retox

Melvins Juice Box / Rum Bar – detox / retox…

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Stefania is holding down the bar at The Library

Stefania is holding down the bar at The Library, a…

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Seeing all the sights

Seeing all the sights #soho #lowereastside #eastvillage #manhattan #nyc

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Entrance to the 1920s speakeasy the Back Room on the lower Eastside

Entrance to the 1920s speakeasy the Back Room on the…

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Taking a second look at the WhiteBox exhibition

Taking a second look at the WhiteBox exhibition #shantyboat #artshow…

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@gooddoghazel is gonna own this city

@gooddoghazel is gonna own this city #shantyboat #dogsofnewyork #cattledogsofnewyork

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Jackson’s Deli in Long Island City, Queens and the 7 Train

Jackson’s Deli in Long Island City, Queens and the 7…

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Talking to Jeanette in LIC, Queens about everything…

Talking to Jeanette in LIC, Queens about everything including colloquial…

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Want to check out the Secret History shantyboat? We will be showing it at the North Brooklyn Boat Club

Want to check out the Secret History shantyboat? We will…

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Join us tonight for a Secret History lecture and Q&A at the historic Sunview Luncheonette

Hey friends, come join us tonight July 29th for a…

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Shantyboat under the Pulaski Bridge. Empire State off the bow

Shantyboat under the Pulaski Bridge. Empire State off the bow.…

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Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn dive bar on the outside, dearly loved tavern inside

Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn dive bar on the…

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Benzy’s new 79 Leigh Valley tattoo

Benzy’s new 79 Leigh Valley tattoo #shantyboat #waterfrontmuseum #sailorcostume #anchorshirt

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Join us at the Waterfront Museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn…

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Welcome to Brooklyn

Welcome to Brooklyn #secrethistory #underpassgasfire #artists

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Secret History exhibition at Waterfront Museum in Red Hook Brooklyn

Secret History exhibition at Waterfront Museum in Red Hook Brooklyn.…

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Geraniums on the stern of the Waterfront Museum barge

Geraniums on the stern of the Waterfront Museum barge #shantyboat…

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Playing with mini George Rhodes kinetic sculpture at the Waterfront Museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Playing with mini George Rhodes kinetic sculpture at the Waterfront…

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Secret History opening last night in Manhattan: five years of photographs on silk organza forming a multilayer and nonlinear narrative of the stories of river people

Secret History opening last night in Manhattan: five years of…

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Shantyboat upon waking under the Pulaski Bridge

Shantyboat upon waking under the Pulaski Bridge #shantyboat #nblknd #nyc…

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Show prep

Show prep #shantyboat #ArtShow #NYC

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Hanging the show at WhiteBox. Five years of Secret History photographs, video, interviews, and artifacts

Hanging the show at WhiteBox. Five years of Secret History…

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OMFG New York

OMFG New York #shantyboat #toomuch #nyc

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Hazel asleep with her dolphin

Hazel asleep with her dolphin. #shantyboat @gooddoghazel #cattledogsofinstagram

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