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Hidden Harbor Tours®: Staten Island Boat Tour

Sunday, 15 Oct. from 2 pm-4 pm

Rossville ship graveyard
Ship graveyard. Photo courtesy of and copyright Mitch Waxman, 2014.

A Hidden Harbor Tour® behind the scenes of this great island with Mitch Waxman of Newtown Creek Alliance & Gordon Cooper, WHC Board Member & Maritime Consultant

Our route will carry us up the busy Kill Van Kull, with the oil terminals and factories of Bayonne on one side and the maritime industrial North Shore of Staten Island on the other. We will pass by floating dry docks and tugboat ports, and then pass under the Bayonne Bridge. The Shooters Island Bird Sanctuary and the wooden ruins of a coaling station will be next.

Dock at Sailors Snug Harbor
The dock at Sailors Snug Harbor. Photo courtesy of and copyrighted by Phyllis Featherstone, 2013.

Our captain will then guide us into the busy Arthur Kill waterway. We will
pass Global Terminal (formerly NYCT) where the age of cargo box shipping began in 1956, and then we will see the newly rebuilt Goethals Bridge, a railroad lift bridge, and the Outerbridge Crossing. We will head all the way back to Fresh Kills, and see what's left of the Rossville Ships Graveyard. On the New Jersey side of the waterway, you'll see power plants and oil refineries as well as several smaller bridges.

Railroad lift bridge
Railroad lift bridge. Photo courtesy of and copyright Mitch Waxman, 2014

On the Staten Island side, as we approach Fresh Kills, our halfway point on the journey, watch for bald eagles and other birds of prey rising out of the tidal wetlands and hunting for dinner. We will then begin our journey back to Pier 11, pausing at the Statue of Liberty for photo ops.

Goethals Bridge and container portGoethals Bridge and Global Terminal. Photo courtesy of and copyright Mitch Waxman, 2014.

The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs at 2:00 PM sharp. Boarding begins at 1:45 pm from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouverneur Lane. Snack bar on board.

Bering Dawn and the Great Lakes dredgeBering Dawn assisting the Great Lakes dredge. Photo courtesy of and copyright by Phyllis Featherstone, 2013.

Click here for tickets: $30; $25 seniors

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25th Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition
2017 Review

For all race results, click here.

W. O. Decker and a McAllister tug in the pushing contest
Capt. Brian A. McAllister and the W. O. Decker in pushing contest. Copyright 2017 by Gordon Cooper.

Mitch Waxman photo of Capt. Brian A. McAllister from the tugboat race.

Click here to see all 2017 tugrace photos from Mitch Waxman.

Phyllis Featherstone photo of the Susan Miller crew, second place, Class C.

Click here to see all 2017 tugrace photos from Phyllis Featherstone.

Congratulations to Abigail S. winner of framed print of Schooner Pioneer at Sunset by seaport artist Naima Rauam.

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

Click Here

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

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

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


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