of roses to salute victims on 9/11 voyage
September 02, 2002
By David Rivera
© 2002 Republican-American
A couple will pay
tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks by sailing to New York City harbor next
week on a 99-year-old Dutch barge laden in roses.
and Richard Manack said they wanted to do
something special to remember those who died last
year in New York and Washington, D.C., so they
came up with a special plan.
from Hartford in the Connecticut River on Sept. 11
and arrive in New York about two days later,"
the 56-year-old Manack said. "That's where
we'll take part in the anniversary ceremonies that
have been scheduled."
she has a close connection to the terrorist
attacks of last year. She was part of the
Salvation Army's emergency crews that worked in
the area of the World Trade Towers, also known as
to have red and white roses for each of the
victims and baby's breath to symbolize the
innocence of all the children that are now without
parents because of what happened," the
43-year-old Andrighetti said.
The Winsted couple
will use a 70-foot steel-hull barge called
"The Golden Re'al" as the means of
getting to New York. The roses will adorn the old
barge that will motor its way to the city.
to get some people to make donations so we can pay
for the roses," Andrighetti said. "We
need to raise about $2,500 for the flowers
alone." The Golden Re'al spent most of its
history in Amsterdam, Holland. Twenty years after
the barge left the Netherlands, it now plies the
tranquil waters in and around Connecticut, Manack
barge is moored along the shores of the Housatonic
River in Shelton.
From 1982 until
only recently, however, the barge sat on blocks in
always curious about what this thing was,"
Andrighetti said. "Now it's back in the
In the last few
months, Manack and Andrighetti have worked hard to
restore the barge and make it seaworthy.
In Holland, the
barge had many uses, Manack said.
For most of its
time, the barge was called The Wilhelmina, after
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.
"The Re'al is
an island I lived on in Holland," he said.
"I thought it sounded like a great
Following World War
II, the barge brought food to residents of the
devastated Dutch city. Later, in the 1970s and
early 1980s, it served as a floating cafe along
Amsterdam's scenic waterways.
"I worked on
the barge then and lived on it as well,"
Manack said. "I brought it over from Holland
self-employed carpenter, said he planned on
bringing the boat from Amsterdam in 1982 and
sailing it from Connecticut through Long Island
Sound and up the Hudson River to Amsterdam, N.Y.
Manack said the
Dutch barge's voyage to New York City will have a
fitting starting place in Hartford, the site of
what will be called Adriaen's Landing, the
redeveloped riverfront named after the 17th
Century Dutch explorer who charted the area.
Manack will take part in Hartford's 9-11
candlelight vigil scheduled for the evening of
Sept. 10 along the riverfront. The roses will be
placed on the barge that evening.
On the morning of
Sept. 11, the couple, along with a crew of
volunteers who also worked at Ground Zero, will
head south out of the Connecticut River and west
through Long Island Sound. After an evening stop
in New Haven, the Golden Re'al should enter New
York City Harbor on Sept. 13.
when the Golden Re'al sails past the closest point
to Ground Zero in a parade of boats, the flowers
will be tossed into the harbor.
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