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October Hidden Harbor Tour

Photo copyright 2019 by Mitch Waxman

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019

2 p.m.-4 p.m.

The fully narrated boat tour departs at 2 p.m. sharp. Boarding begins at 1:45 p.m. from Pier 83, located at W. 43rd Street and 12th Avenue in Manhattan. Snack bar on board.

Guest Speakers: Captain Margaret Flanagan, Maritime Operations, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, and Gordon Cooper, Chair WHC & HHH Maritime Consulting

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Tour 8 miles of Brooklyn’s waterfront industry, past and present, from Newtown Creek to Sunset Park

From Newtown Creek through Sunset park, the 8 miles of Brooklyn's shore facing the Harbor’s Upper Bay were once filled with manufacturing, shipping, and commerce.

Though apartment towers and landscaped parks now capture attention, Brooklyn still retains active trade and maritime business. Join Working Harbor Committee for a tour of Brooklyn waterfront industry, past and present.

Highlights include Brooklyn Navy Yard, the city’s new waterfront recycling facility at Gowanus Bay, and the working rail-to-barge connection at Brooklyn Army Terminal.

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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.



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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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