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Click here for tickets and journal ads2018 Gala: The WHC is pleased to announce that Bethann Rooney, Assistant Director, Port Commerce, Port Authority of NY/NJ, will be the honoree at our 2018 Gala to be held on Tuesday, March 6, at the Down Town Association located at 60 Pine St. in NYC. We hope you’ll be able to join us!

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2017 Accomplishments

Hidden Harbor Tours®

Since the Working Harbor Committee was founded in 2002, we have taken well over 30,000 individuals out on the water to show and tell them firsthand about the importance of the past, present and future of our working waterfronts and why it is critical to the economic health and quality of life in the New York and New Jersey area.

This year, we again partnered with NY Waterway for our series of Hidden Harbor Tours® for the general public. In addition to our tours of Port Newark, the Brooklyn Waterfront and Family Fun Day, this year we introduced a new tour, Hidden Harbors of Staten Island. Thanks to your support we had a very successful Hidden Harbor tour season! We look forward to welcoming you on our 2018 tours.

High School Maritime Educational Programs

The WHC continues to work with underserved NYC high school students to introduce this population to the past, present and future of our harbors, with an emphasis on job opportunities afforded in this great industry. We look forward to working with our partners in the industry and educators to provide maritime workshops and dedicated boat tours for this population in 2018.

25th Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition

Thank you to all the tugboat companies and their crews for their incredible support of our annual event! Tugs gathered on September 3rd and once again provided the general public with an exciting race followed by the nose-to-nose pushing contest and the line tossing competition.

Over 350 people joined us on the Circle Line Sightseeing spectator vessel as it provided close-up views of the event with special guest speaker John McClusky. We were honored that Capt. Jason Tama, Deputy Sector Commander, Sector New York, USCG, joined us on the spectator boat followed by providing opening remarks at the award ceremony. Thank you to our co-sponsors of the race, NYC Economic Development Corp. and Circle Line Sightseeing. And special thanks to all the WHC volunteers that donated their time and expertise to make this a great event!

2017 Gala

On 23 February, we were pleased to honor Roberta Weisbrod, Partner, Sustainable Ports, Executive Director, Worldwide Ferry Safety Association, at our annual Gala. Over 100 people gathered to join us in honoring Roberta at the Down Town Association in Lower Manhattan. Andrew Genn, Sr. VP, Ports & Transportation, NYCEDC, presented the award.

Please Support WHC

Thank you for your support of the Working Harbor Committee and our programs. We hope you will consider making a donation to support us in continuing our mission in 2018.

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The WHC does not rent tugboats nor at this time know of any nonprofit organizations that offer tug rides or charters. If we learn of any organizations in the future that offer such services, we will post them on our website.




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Fair Winds
Captain John W. Doswell


Captain John W. Doswell, our captain, our North Star, our guiding light passed away on Friday 2 January, 2015

"...As executive director of the Working Harbor Committee, John would orchestrate the most amazing extravaganzas. 22 years of Tug Boat Races, international ship visits (including a 16th century replica of a Spanish Galleon), OpSail 2012, where part of the challenge was to find berthing for dozens of vessels from around the world.Only one man could make it all happen. Doswell...."

To read full article
by Mai Armstrong on the WHC Blog

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for an important NY Times article about the future of the NYC seaport district by Paul Greenberg, Roland Lewis & Joan K. Davidson

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for a great blog write up about
a recent Hidden Harbor Tour
by Claude Scales

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for a great article about our Hidden Harbor Tour to Newark Bay
by Peggy Taylor


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