As many as 35 people were set adrift in New York Harbor Saturday night when a schooner built in 1885 lost its engine.
They were rescued by NYPD Harbor Unit officers, who lifted them one-by-one onto a police cruiser.
“It’s nice to be back on dry land,’’ said David April of Philadelphia, who was on the sightseeing cruise with his wife, Carmen, and two of his sisters.
The passengers, who paid $32 for the ride past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, knew something was wrong when the motor began rumbling and the crew hoisted the sails on the proud, four masted, ship.
It managed to sail up the East River to just outside the South Street Seaport where it anchored outside shipping lanes.
The police boat pulled up alongside.
Two of the cops picked up passengers and handed them off to another two officers who jumped onto the sailboat.
Asked if he would do it again, April said it he’d probably have to go alone. “I would,’’ he said. “But my wife won’t.’’
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