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Working Harbor Committee
Hidden Harbor Tours® Presents:

Made in Brooklyn

with Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman
and Captain Margaret Flanagan,
Maritime Operations,
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

Thursday, 11 June 2015 from 6PM to 8PM

$30; $25 seniors


Tour 8 miles of Brooklyn’s waterfront industry- past and presentfrom
Newtown Creek to Sunset Park

Made in Brooklyn is not a new idea! From Newtown Creek through Sunset Park, the 8 miles of Brooklyn 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.

The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs at 6:00pm sharp. Boarding begins at 5:30pm from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane. Snack bar on board. Tickets: $30; $25 seniors. For group sale rates, email

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Thanks to NY Waterway for their generous support of our Hidden Harbor Tours®

Working Harbor Committee
Hidden Harbor Tours® Presents:

Family Fun Day Boat Tour
Saturday, 20 June 2015 from 11AM-1PM

$30 Adults $25 Seniors $15 Kids (12 & under)


See Giant Container Ports Close-up Plus Ships, Tugboats,
Cranes, a Lighthouse, and the Statue of Liberty!

For an exciting, fun-filled family adventure, go behind the scenes of the NY & NJ’s bustling working waterfront on a narrated Hidden Harbor®
“Maritime Scavenger Hunt” Tour!

Children will get a workbook they will use to identify things seen in our working waterfront as we cruise to Port Newark/Elizabeth marine terminal. See that
tugboat? Check if off in your book! A lighthouse? A container vessel?
The Statue of Liberty?

At the end of the tour a maritime expert on board will sign the booklet to “certify”
the child has been made an “honorary Captain.” Sandwiches and beverages
available for purchase on board.

The 2-hour (11AM-1 PM) fully-narrated boat tour departs at 11AM sharp. Boarding begins at 10:30Am from Pier 11 Wall Street in manhattan located on
South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane. Snack bar on board.
Tickets: $30; $25 seniors; $15 Children 12 years & under.
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Thanks to NY Waterway for their generous support of our Hidden Harbor Tours®

WHC does not offer tugboat rides but charters are available on the tug Pegasus:

Spring Charters aboard the historic tug Pegasus

May 6, 16, 23, 30,
June 6, 13, 20, 2-4
5-7 pm

Advance Reservations & Payment Required.
Tug PEGASUS is available for two- or four-hour cruises for up to 12 people per trip. The cost is $1800/two hours [minimum]. These trips support the high overhead of maintenance and preservation. There is a 50% tax deduction on the fee.

The trips are great for family events, birthday parties, or just a group of pals wanting to enjoy the beauty and rich texture of our great harbor.

Please Call or email for more information.

Ph. 646 420 8022


For info on our upcoming
Summer Hidden Harbor Tours
& More

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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 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

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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

Click Here
for an important NY Times article about the future of the NYC seaport district by Paul Greenberg, Roland Lewis & Joan K. Davidson

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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
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