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Now through December 17
Book a Chartered Excursion on Classic Harbor Line

Manhattan II interior
Photo by Nick Martin

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.

Step aboard a yacht for a private excursion through our harbor.

$3,500 sponsorship level: Manhattan II

  • Up to 32 guests (25% capacity)
  • Standard open bar (beer & wine)
  • Food packages available for purchase
  • Based on availability, now through December 17th, Sunday through Thursday.
  • See photos & video: Manhattan II

$3,000 sponsorship level: Manhattan

  • Up to 21 guests (25% capacity)
  • Standard open bar (beer & wine)
  • Food packages available for purchase
  • Based on availability, now through December 17th, Sunday through Thursday.
  • See photos: Manhattan

Guests are required to wear masks and maintain social distance. Classic Harbor Line has worked hard to adjust their operation during these times. Learn more about what they have done by reading their health and safety update here.

For more information or to book a yacht, please contact Adam Miller at adam -at- or call 212-627-1825 x1504 and let him know you are supporting the WHC with this private charter.

Use discount code TOUR5 for $5 off.

Click here to find out how to charter a yacht

Our First Virtual Gala: Great Job!

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

The Working Harbor Committee honored 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.

Gordon Cooper, chair of the Working Harbor Committee, as master of ceremonies, took us through the evening with aplomb. Watch the gala video here!

The guest speakers talked about the Sandy Hook Pilots and the two honorees:

  • Bethann Rooney, Deputy Port Director, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, pointed out that merchant marines are everywhere in pop culture: Popeye the Sailor Man!
  • Andrew Genn, Sr. VP of Transportation Dept., NYCEDC, found the connection between the official seal of New York City and Sandy Hook Pilots. The man at the left is holding a plummet, indicating that he's a harbor pilot.
  • Roberta Weisbrod, Director, Worldwide Ferry Safety Association, spoke about the history of the professionalization of the harbor pilots and also about the Harbor Operations Committee, of which the Sandy Hook Pilots association is a key member.

Musical Interludes

Click here for the enthusiastic and lively rendition of "Rocking the Boat" by renowned cabaret artists Marta Sanders & Mark Nadler!

Check out the 2020 Working Harbor Committee Gala Journal.

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 support students about careers in the Harbor and 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.



For more information about all upcoming events:


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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