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Happy Holidays from the Working Harbor Committee!

A message from Gordon Cooper,
Chair of the Working Harbor Committee

Set Us Up for a Great 2020!

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.

We also introduce youth to the past, present and future of our waterfronts with our dedicated boat tours of the harbor, as well as in-class programs with maritime experts who tell them about the types of jobs offered in the industry.

In 2020, with your financial help, we can get students out on the water on a dedicated two-hour Hidden Harbor® boat tour of NY Harbor with guest speakers from the maritime industry. We also want to update a 52-page booklet, Maritime Occupations: A Guide, and distribute it to educators and students at New York and New Jersey high schools.

Our goal is to raise $6,000 for 2020, but we're not just interested in your money.

If you work in a maritime business, we invite you to educate students on the types of jobs offered in your companies and the educational requirements needed to qualify for these jobs. You can speak to the students at high schools, at after-school job-placement programs, or at your place of business.

We also encourage industry leaders to share your personal backgrounds and career paths with students. This type of information encourages youth to explore all of the options open to them.

Please be generous--your funding will come back to you as a cohort of enthusiastic young people interested in exploring the types of jobs in the industry such as:

  • Ordinary Seaman
  • Able-bodied Seaman
  • Deck Cadet
  • Engineer Cadet
  • Engineering Officer
  • Chief Engineer
  • Ship Master
  • Marine Pilot
  • Tug Master
  • Stevedore (cargo operative)
  • Port Operations Manager
  • Vessel Traffic Control Officer
  • Custom Officer
  • Marine Surveyor
  • Harbor Master/Port Captain
  • Agent
  • Hydrographic Surveyor
  • Marine Engineer
  • Naval Architect
  • Freight Forwarder
  • Maritime Lawyer
  • Ship Manager
  • Maritime Journalist
  • Ship Broker
  • Cartographer
  • Ship Banker
  • Marine Insurer
  • Ship Charterer
  • Ship Cargo Planner
  • Maritime Economist
  • Marine Carpenter/Shipwright
  • Marine Electrician
  • Longshoreman
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Merchant Marine

All of these jobs are described in Maritime Occupations: A Guide.

27th Annual Tugboat Race Results

Winners and stats from 27th Annual Tugboat Race & Competition

The Vinik No. 6. Photo copyright 2019 by Mitch Waxman.

Thank you to all the tugboat companies and their crews that came together to make this a spectacular event for all New Yorkers. It was an exciting race with only 20 seconds between the first- and second-place win in the Class A tugboat category. Congratulations to the Vinik No. 6, Vinik Marine, on your first place win! And the Ava M. McCallister, McAllister Towing, for second place.

The Circle Line Sightseeing spectator vessel ran along side the race with guest speakers John McCluskey and Gordon Cooper on board narrating the action as it happened. And we were honored to welcome CDR Jake Hobson, USCG, Sector New York, and Max Taffet, NYCEDC, as our special guests on the vessel.
And a special thanks to all our supporters and volunteers for making this a great day for all!

Div A 1st
Vinik No. 6, Vinik Marine
5,700 HP
Time: 5:12
Div A 2nd
Ava M. McCallister, McAllister Towing
6,770 HP
Time: 5:32
Div A 3rd
Liz Vinik, Vinik Marine
3,010 HP
Time: 6:38
Div B 1st
Pathfinder, Norfolk Tug
2,250 HP
Time: 5:25
Div B 2nd
Captain D., Norfolk Tug
2,400 HP
Time: 6:14
Div B 3rd
Robert Burton, Norfolk Tug
2,000 HP
Time: 6:32
Div C 1st
Frances, NYS Marine Highway
1,640 HP
Time: 6:11
Div C 2nd
Patricia, C.H. Phoenix
1,600 HP
Time: 6:46
Div C 3rd
Sea Lion, Wittich Marine
1,400 HP
Time: 7:40

Also participating:

Div B
Paula Atwell, Norfolk Tug
2,000 HP
Time: 7:25
Div C
W.O. Decker, South St. Seaport Museum
285 HP
Time: 9:10

2019 Line Throw

The Robert Burton. Photo copyright 2019 by Valerie DeBiase.

1. Ben Eanes, Robert Burton, 18:03
2. Raymond Duran, W.O. Decker, 22:07
3. Scott, Sea Lion, 42:09

2019 Discretionary Awards

Spinach Adult: Kammel Jazini, Pathfinder
Spinach Child: Josephine Lore
Little Toot: W.O. Decker
Best Dressed Crew: Captain D. (Santa)
Best Mascot: Holly & Gracie, Vinik
Best Tattoo Male: Mike Keen, Paula Atwell
Best Tattoo Female: Liz Vinik, Liz Vinik
Best Vintage: Frances, NYS Marine Highway
Best Looking Tug: Vinik No. 6

Art Raffle Winner!

Beverly L. is the happy winner of the framed print of Tall Ship Wavertree at Sunrise by renowned seaport artist Naima Rauam.

Ship Wavertree, launched in Liverpool in 1885, was one of the last large wrought-iron sailing ships built. After carrying cargoes to and from ports around the world, she was dismasted in a storm off Cape Horn and used as a floating warehouse in Chile, then as a sand barge in Argentina. Wavertree was acquired by the South Street Seaport Museum in 1968.

Naima Rauam website:

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 2019.



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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