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Video by Tod Seelie.


With the summer of 2011 upon us, the Miss Rockaway Armada has begun our next and perhaps most ambitious non-river-traversing project. For the following summer months, the MRA will be living and creating in Philadelphia with the gracious help and support of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Pew Center for the Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative.

“Let Me Tell You About a Dream I Had: Miss Rockaway Armada is an innovative new art installation created by the nationally renowned Miss Rockaway Armada opening September, 2011. The nontraditional exhibit will feature a flotilla of several sculptural elements composed entirely from recycled and salvaged materials that parade from the Schuylkill River to various destinations throughout the city during the summer before being deconstructed into an exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Alliance (251 South 18th Street on Rittenhouse Square).”
— Philadelphia Art Alliance

To follow our progress and check out announcements for upcoming events, please check our project-specific website: We’ll also be contributing photos to our flickr stream for the project here. And you can find the project on the facebook here.


The crew of Miss Rockaway spent two amazing summers on the Mississippi River experiencing the unbelievable hospitality, kindness and fun of the folks we met all along the river. Right now our we’re thinking of our friends in Clarksville, Canton, La Grange, Hannibal, Louisiana, Alton, Quincy, Burlington, Muscatine, Oquawka, Keokuk, and all areas affected by the recent flood. It comes as no surprise that the resilient folks in these towns are pulling together and holding back the water with sandbags. We’re thinking of you and thank you a million times over for all you’ve done.


The galley & front raft

Remains: the center raft/galley of the main Miss Rockaway vessel with the modified front raft docked to it.

The initial incarnation of the Miss Rockaway Armada ended it’s voyage in St. Louis, Autumn 2007. Scroll down for photos!

While we don’t currently have plans to continue along the Mississippi river, offshoots and branches of the Miss Rockaway Armada are working on projects on water and land. We’ll keep the website updated when there’s news to report. Please visit our events page for details on a current group art show in New York at Exit Art that Miss Rockaway is participating in. Also rapidly approaching is an installation the crew is building in Massachusetts at MassMoCA. Click here for more info.

If you’re interested in building some rafts and floating down a river, check out this page on our website:


and order the zine The Strange Voyage of Leona Joyce here:

Once landed in St. Louis in a very difficult tow upstream (click here for the full story) the crew decided it was time to return the fleet, or at least large parts of it, to the scrap it came from. We worked day and night at the waterfront to take the rafts apart, occasionally inviting friends to come see the rafts.

The Miss Rockaway coming apart

The Miss Rockaway in St. Louis with the front raft structure dissembled.

Taking down the helm

Crew members and friends helping to take down the helm. 

MRA Flag with Nick on bridge

The cement bridge at Cementland, our landing spot in St. Louis, with crew member Nick. 

Welding the bridge at night

Some kind friends of Miss Rockaway came along and welded some safety railings to the cement bridge. 

Rockaway show!

Soon after there was a show, but this time other people played for us, and we just danced. 

Staying on in St. Louis through the colder months of fall and winter, the Rockaway Crew cleaned up the docking sites.

Team Bling in Wetsuits

Bold members of “Team Bling” as they worked into the cold fall months repairing the now destroyed “Garden of Bling” raft. 


“I Left My Heart in Kirksville” paddlewheel raft during it’s dissembly. 

More photos of Miss Rockaway can be found HERE