June 20, 1996 |
When you spend $1.1 million on a boat, the last thing you worry about is bureaucratic clutter. Especially when you spend another $6 million transforming it into a restaurant, as Eli Karetny has. So when the city rejected the developer's zoning permit application for his long-awaited Moshulu restaurant, he didn't panic. He appealed. With support from a Queen Village neighborhood group, Karetny said he expected his restaurant to get its variance next Wednesday, when it's scheduled for a zoning hearing.
May 6, 1990 |
The Moshulu, a longtime fixture on Penn's Landing, left port on Tuesday escorted by tug boats to a temporary resting spot in Camden near the Walt Whitman Bridge. The ship, which has been docked in Philadelphia for 14 years and has served as a restaurant, is scheduled to be moved later to an undetermined permanent location on the Delaware, where it is to undergo restoration as a sailing ship. The project is expected to take about two years. The restoration is to be financed by Specialty Restaurants Inc. of Anaheim, Calif.
February 14, 1990 |
First the Flyers and the 76ers. Now the Moshulu may be moving to New Jersey. A once-proud sailing vessel in the grain trade and winner of the last great "Grain Race"from Australia to Europe in 1939, the Moshulu has been docked on the Delaware at Penn's Landing as a restaurant ship since 1976. It has been closed and boarded since a four-alarm fire last July 11 that fire officials said started when a bare light bulb ignited paper products in a storage area of the hold. Some 200 patrons fled the blaze and six people, including three firefighters, were slightly injured.
May 2, 1990 |
Broken, charred and weather-beaten, she was not the gleaming beauty who first anchored at the foot of Chestnut Street 14 years ago, but this grand old lady of Penn's Landing left Philadelphia yesterday with her manila-colored masts straight and proud and glided gracefully down the Delaware River. It was farewell for the Moshulu. A small crowd of well-wishers, many of whom had waited hours to bid goodbye, looked on quietly from a balcony as the ship's blue-carpeted gangplank was finally pulled in at 3:30 p.m. and two red-decked tugboats nudged up close to lead the 394-foot barkentine away.
July 12, 1989 |
A smoky four-alarm fire erupted late last night aboard the Moshulu, the grand old restaurant ship on the Philadelphia riverfront, plunging its dining room into darkness and sending 200 patrons scrambling for the gangplanks. The restaurant manager and at least two guests were injured fleeing the huge square-rigger, afloat in 35 feet of water in the Delaware River near the foot of Chestnut Street at Penn's Landing. A firefighter also was injured. Fire officials initially feared that the steel-hulled vessel, perhaps the best-known landmark on the city's downtown waterfront, might sink, but they later said it appeared in no danger of going down.
September 29, 1996 |
Even when it floundered, I never stopped liking the original Moshulu. Admittedly, there were moments during the floating restaurant's 14-year stand at Penn's Landing when I shuddered at gritty or threadbare upholstery or sniffed at less than appetizing aromas wafting from the galley. But whatever it was that I didn't love about that Moshulu was always outweighed by the way I felt just stepping on deck. The place oozed romance. For the hour or two that it took to eat a meal or sip a tall drink, I could pretend that I was sailing toward some exotic port, the wind in my hair and the sea spray on my face.
January 5, 1990 |
In the frozen cold of winter, when the Delaware is a river of jagged ice and melted snow, when bitter winds whip the waterfront and most other geese have long since flown South, these two - a sedentary couple - still make their home at the Moshulu. And with the help of friends like Willie Edney, they remain geese of ample girth - even now, after the grand old restaurant ship has been closed for six months and its daily kitchen handouts have dried up. "Usually I bring a loaf of wheat bread.
July 27, 1996
Those who enjoyed sitting aboard the 1980s pre-fire Moshulu restaurant with its rough-hewn deck boards, mediocre food and spectacular view will love the luxurious $10 million, turn-of-the-century rehab version christened by the mayor this week. Anchored on South Columbus Boulevard, the newly restored Moshulu is a potential tourism bonanza - not as a restaurant per se (we haven't sampled the food yet) but on the promise that the restored ship will give the bustling, club-dominated waterfront a more historic feel.
February 14, 1990 |
The Moshulu, the grand old four-masted square-rigger that was extensively damaged by a fire on Philadelphia's riverfront last summer, may be sailing for new waters, according to a spokesman for the restaurant chain that owns it. Specialty Restaurants Inc. of Anaheim, Calif., plans to refit the Moshulu, a Penn's Landing landmark since 1976, and sail it to a new home. Possible moorings being considered include Jersey City, Wilmington, San Francisco and San Diego, the spokesman said yesterday.
May 19, 2000 |
Entertainer Christopher Manos was on the deck of the Moshulu in 1989, singing a song called "Bad Night in Philly," when he stopped in mid-note to announce the ship was on fire. About 200 patrons of the restaurant ship anchored at Penn's Landing scrambled to safety. The four-alarm blaze, started by a naked light bulb that ignited paper products in the hold, wrecked the historic iron barkentine. But the Moshulu, which had survived occupation by the Nazis and many owners and occupations over its 96-year history, would survive the fire.