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Some Like It Hot!

A cache by pohsibrob Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 3/30/2009
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Located in Hudson River Park - one of the most interesting areas of the city...

The coordinates above take you to the starting point for this puzzle cache. Be careful! You do not need to walk into traffic or venture onto the bike path to solve this!

About your starting point...

Today's Gansevoort Street in New York City follows roughly an old
Indian trail along the Hudson River. Its original name was "Old Kill
Road", "Great Kill Road" and later "Great Kills Road", but these names
had nothing to do with murders or battles on that site. In fact, these
were corrupted forms of "kiln", since a large kiln was located
alongside the road.

Great Kills Road received its new name "Gansevoort Road" in 1837. It
was named after Fort Gansevoort at the foot of the street, a fortress
built between 1808 and 1812. The fort itself was named for Peter
Gansevoort (1749-1812), a New York General from the Revolutionary War.

Fort Gansevoort was demolished between 1849 and 1854, but the street kept the name until today. By the way: "Gansevoort" is Dutch and means, translated literally, "geese ford".

When you have found the start location of the coordinates, decipher the puzzle to find the final resting place of the cache...

PUZZLE:

(Age of Peter Gansevoort) x 2 + (B) - 1 = (A)

(The year that Great Kills Road was renamed)-(The year Peter Gansevoort died) = (B)

TRAVEL (A) METERS BEARING (B) DEGREES TO THE FINAL HIDING SPOT!

Of Historical Interest Nearby...

A pier fire that razed the Cunard piers on Saturday, May 7, 1932.

"CUNARD PIER RAZED BY $2,000,000 FIRE; Civilian Killed and Score of Firemen Hurt in All-Day Blaze at Foot of 13th Street. PALL OF SMOKE OVER RIVER Two Liners Moved to Safety -- Food Distribution Hampered -- Street Traffic Tied Up. CUNARD PIER RAZED BY $2,000,000 FIRE"

Ironically, Pier 53 is now used by the New York City Fire Department. The bright red and white fire-boat is still being used in daily service.

Kills, Fire, Firemen, Fireboat... That's a whole lot of heat!

Incidentally - Just Adjacent Are The Remains Of Pier 54
You Can Still See The Cunard Line Logo On The Rusted Facade...

Pier 54 was one of a set of piers running along the West Side of Manhattan from West 12th to 23rd Street that made up the Chelsea Piers that was completed in 1910. It was designed by the architectural firm of Warren and Wetmore, which also designed Grand Central Terminal. The piers replaced a hodgepodge of run-down waterfront structures with a row of grand buildings embellished with pink granite facades.

The pier itself is at Little West 12th Street and the Hudson River in the Meatpacking District/Greenwich Village neighborhood.

Components of the Chelsea Piers included the White Star Line in the north and the Cunard Line in the south. The Titanic was headed for Pier 59 (at about 18th Street).

In April 1912 following the Titanic sinking the RMS Carpathia picked up survivors. The ship first went to the White Star piers where it discharged the Titanic's lifeboats that had been brought aboard before coming back to Pier 54 to discharge the passengers.

The RMS Lusitania left the port in 1915 before being torpedoed and becoming the rallying cry for American involvement in World War I.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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