The Statue of Liberty

Written by Damian O’Keeffe on December 7, 2015
Statue of Liberty Hornblower New York

 

It’s New York’s most visited tourist attraction. And we can understand why, it doesn’t matter how many times we pass Lady Liberty, no matter what we’re doing at the time, it’s impossible not to be awed by her sight, and just as importantly, what she stands for.

Let’s be honest, there are a lot of great sights and views on a Hornblower cruise, but the Statue of Liberty that is the highlight. It’s landmark you want to get that perfect photo of… It’s the one we always love to a see a perfect shot of, especially when it’s taken from one of our yachts, by one of our happy passengers. We’re lucky enough to get to seem them all, and there really isn’t a bad photo of her!

Sometimes it’s important to reflect on the Statue of Liberty’s history and what she means. And given recent events in France it’s a timely reminder of the bonds and values we share.

The statue represents liberty, with her torch lighting the way to freedom. As many will know it was a gift from France to celebrate the centenary of the United States’ Declaration of Independence. The date of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, is inscribed on the tablet in Lady Liberty’s arm, which is intended to represent the declaration itself.

True to the statue’s intention it became a symbol of freedom and a welcoming light to the millions of new immigrants — who reached the United States of America’s shores via New York Harbor to land at Ellis Island.

Unlike Hornblower’s yachts, it wasn’t all smooth sailing. The shipping and construction was a monumental task and there were many hindrances along the way, not least of which being money. The pedestal wasn’t even ready when the pieces making up the copper monument (all 214 crates of them), arrived in 1885. Funds for the foundations and pedestal had to be raised prior to building, an olden day version of Kickstarter. One of the organizations that contributed to the effort had a 19 year-old member by the name of Theodore Roosevelt.

Anyway, the rest is history, the statue was finally dedicated on October 28, 1886.

There’s a reason the Statue of Liberty is New York’s most famous landmark, but you’ll never know unless you go!

All Hornblower Cruises get right up close to the Statue of Liberty for that perfect photo opportunity. Choose your cruise today!