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2020 Virtual Gala!

Join in honoring Capt. John J. DeCruz &
Capt. Brendan L. Foley, presidents of the NY
and NJ Sandy Hook Pilots associations

Tuesday, October 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Pilot 1 ship

Click here to buy tickets and sponsorships.

The gala e-program will show all sponsors and will be available during the gala and later on the website.

The Sandy Hook pilots help container ships bring food and other essential goods into New York Harbor.

The Working Harbor Committee honors Captain John J. DeCruz, President of the United New York Sandy Hook Pilots, and Captain Brendan L. Foley, President of the United New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots, at our virtual gala celebration on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

Captain John J. DeCruz

Captain John J. DeCruz, President of the United New York Sandy Hook Pilots

At 6:45 p.m., the awards will be presented to our honorees by Gordon Cooper, Chair, Working Harbor Committee.

Guest Speakers

  • Capt. Timothy Ferrie, President of the Marine Society of the City of New York and Full Branch Pilot, Sandy Hook Pilots Association
  • Bethann Rooney, Deputy Port Director, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
  • Andrew Genn, Sr. VP of Transportation Dept., NYCEDC
  • Roberta Weisbrod, Director, Worldwide Ferry Safety Association

Support the Working Harbor Committee's programs to engage young people in vital and well-paying careers in the harbor.

Musical Interludes

Special appearance at 7:10 p.m. by renowned cabaret artists Marta Sanders & Mark Nadler!

Marta and Mark have missed being aboard a Hidden Harbor® boat tour, so they’ll sing for the Gala to keep us afloat!

City Guide NY wrote about a recent Birdland appearance: “Join award-winning, internationally acclaimed cabaret power houses Mark Nadler and Marta Sanders for an evening of entertainment with a capital E! He plays the piano, sings and tap dances. She blows the roof off the place with her powerful voice. And both of them take the audience an emotional ride from belly laughs to tears to cheers!”

Please Support WHC

The Working Harbor Committee thanks you for your continued support of our organization! It is because of your generosity that our organization can inform area residents and visitors about the vitality and importance of our working harbor. We do so with our trademark Hidden Harbor® boat tours and by organizing the yearly Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition.



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Charter a Yacht, Support WHC

The Working Harbor Committee and Classic Harbor Line are partnering to help support our community on the water! From now through December 17, Classic Harbor Line offers two-hour chartered excursions on their classically inspired 1920s-style yachts.

Click here to find out how to charter a yacht

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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