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Working Harbor Committee
Hidden Harbor Tours® Presents:
Port Newark Tour
Thursday, 9 July 2015 from 6pm - 8pm

With Guest Speaker: Lucy Ambrosino, Port of New York & New Jersey

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$30 Adults $25 Seniors

For an exciting adventure, go behind the scenes of the bustling
Port of NY & NJ
on our Hidden Harbor Tour® of Port Newark!

Get an insider’s view of the 3rd largest port in the nation, where container
ships dock and unload their goods from around the world. See how the working harbor really works and learn about what all those ships and tugs. See
giant container terminals, oil docks, dry dock repair, and more!


Learn about how floating dry docks work; the history of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse; tug boat yards, the 9/11 Teardrop memorial; the Bayonne
Bridge
and it’s connection to the panama Canal Expansion project, and more
from our expert narrators - plus, the chance to get an epic selfie
at sunset with
Lady Liberty.


The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs at 6pm sharp. Boarding begins
at 5:30pm from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St.
between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane. Tickets: $30; $25 seniors.
For group sale rates, email workingharbor@aol.com

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Thank you for your support of the Working Harbor Committee!
Any flyer may be downloaded by accessing the
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if you would like to forward to friends or colleagues.

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For more information about tickets & additional tours, visit workingharbor.org

Thanks to NY Waterway for their generous support of our Hidden Harbor Tours® www.nywaterway.com


Working Harbor Committee
Hidden Harbor Tours® Presents:

Staten Island Waterfront Hidden Harbor® History Tour!
Sunday, 26 July 2015 from 3:30pm - 5:30pm

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$30; $25 Senior/WHC member

Come learn how U.S. history shaped the working waterfront of Staten Island!

Join us on WHC’s Hidden Harbor® History Tour of the Staten Isand Waterfront. Learn about the history of the working waterfront, from Algonquin tribal life, to the discoveries of Verrazano and Hudson. Find out how Dutch trade was established in the area and how Staten Island got its name. We’ll pass 130-year old sailing ship Wavertree as she undergoes a multi-million dollar restoration at Caddell Dry Dock. Hear from expert narrators how George Washington used Shooter’sIsland during the Revolutionary War, about the fascinating history of Robbins Reef Light and its most famous keeper, Kate Walker, and more!

The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs at 3:30pm sharp.
Boarding begins at 3:00pm from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan
located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane.

Tickets: $30; $25 Senior/WHC member. Snack bar on board For group sale rates, email workingharbor@aol.com

For more information about tickets & additional tours,visit workingharbor.org

Click Here for Flyer

Thanks to NY Waterway for their generous support of our Hidden Harbor Tours® www.nywaterway.com

 


 

Working Harbor Committee
Hidden Harbor Tours® Presents:
Port Newark Tour
Thursday, 13 August 2015 from 6pm - 8pm

With Guest Speakers
Capt. Pete Johansen, COO of Great American Lines & WHC Board Member
Capt. Betsy Haggerty, Maritime Journalist & WHC Board Member

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$30 Adults $25 Seniors

For an exciting adventure, go behind the scenes of the bustling
Port of NY & NJ
on our Hidden Harbor Tour® of Port Newark!

Get an insider’s view of the 3rd largest port in the nation, where container
ships dock and unload their goods from around the world. See how the working harbor really works and learn about what all those ships and tugs. See
giant container terminals, oil docks, dry dock repair, and more!


Learn about how floating dry docks work; the history of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse; tug boat yards, the 9/11 Teardrop memorial; the Bayonne
Bridge
and it’s connection to the panama Canal Expansion project, and more
from our expert narrators - plus, the chance to get an epic selfie
at sunset with
Lady Liberty.


The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs at 6pm sharp. Boarding begins
at 5:30pm from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St.
between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane. Tickets: $30; $25 seniors.
For group sale rates, email workingharbor@aol.com

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Thank you for your support of the Working Harbor Committee!
Any flyer may be downloaded by accessing the
"click here for flyer" tab
if you would like to forward to friends or colleagues.

Click Here For Flyer

For more information about tickets & additional tours visit workingharbor.org

Thanks to NY Waterway for their generous support of our Hidden Harbor Tours® www.nywaterway.com

 


For info on our upcoming
Summer Hidden Harbor Tours
& More


 Click here for donations in memory of Captain John Doswell 

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 and the WHC family and the whole waterfront community has been reeling from the news.

I have barely parsed the news of his passing and am now faced with this daunting task of writing a eulogy befitting of my friend. So many things to say about Capt. John…where to start?

Captain John W. Doswell

John Doswell was a bona fide superhero. He created beauty from decay, he restored life to stagnant waters, he built people into a community, where before there was none.

You could always find John working. The man never stopped doing. There were piles of documents neatly stacked in the “dungeon” – the basement office from where Capt. John would steer the constant stream of waterfront projects, events, educational programs, working harbor tours and more. With that wry smile of his, he worked tirelessly on, even when he discovered he was ill.

John was so passionate about the ‘6th boro’ he dedicated the last decade of his career to our waterfront. He founded Friends of Hudson River Park, and Pier 84 is what it is today because of him. He was an integral member of many illustrious waterfront organizations and committees – North River Historic Ship Society, Community Board 4, Save Our Ships New York and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, to name a few.

He was one of the original group of friends who bought the Fireboat John J. Harvey, and helped to restore her to working glory. He was onboard the fireboat, pumping water onto Ground Zero on 9/11 and he was onboard (with a flask of hot chocolate under his arm) safeguarding her during Hurricane Sandy.

But for me, he was the ‘guy who made things happen’. 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.

John would narrate every single harbor tour, enthralling boat-loads of passengers with details about the workings of our magnificent harbor, peppered with stories of lighthouse keepers and fireworks disasters. The thought of never hearing his ‘fireworks story’ again as we approach Erie Basin, makes me immeasurably sad.

If you wanted to know pretty much anything about New York Harbor, you could ask John. I will always regret not asking John more stuff. I thought I had more time.

But beneath all the hustle and bustle stood this really great man. Smart, funny and sincere, John was a kind, loving and supportive husband, father and friend.

His love and passion for the waterfront paled in comparison to his love for his daughter Jhoneen and his life-partner wife Jean. In perfect sync, they were always together, whether working to save a historic ship from scrap or traveling together to exotic seas. Their love and respect for each other so evident and beautiful.

John, always gracious, welcomed everyone with open arms and an open heart. He never spoke an unkind word about anyone, or lost his temper, that I know of. His positivity permeated everything he did.

Every obstacle was a challenge we could overcome, every set back merely a springboard to success, in every dark cloud he would see only the silver lining.

We have lost a great teacher. We have lost a great leader. We have lost a great man…

Fair Winds Captain John.

-Mai Armstrong



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Next Steering Committee Meeting

28 May 2015 @ 6pm

Please email  Email: WorkingHarbor@aol.com 
or call 212 757 1600 if you plan to come.

455 West 43rd Street
NYC, NY 10036

All members & friends as well as
Steering Committee members are invited
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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

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

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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