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Promoting our harbor's vitality, history, and importance today and in the future...




Hidden Harbor Tours®
Get behind the scenes of our working harbor

See Giant Container Ports plus close up views of the Statue of Liberty!

Tug Boat Yards • Giant Container Ports • Bayonne Bridge • 9/11 Teardrop Memorial • Robbins Reef Lighthouse • Oil Docks • Dry Dock Repair

For an exciting adventure, go behind the scenes of the NY & NJ’s bustling working waterfront on a Hidden Harbor Tour®! Enjoy an insider’s view of how the working harbor really works and learn about what all those ships and tugs do. Enjoy a close up view of port terminals where container ships dock and unload their goods from around the world.

Learn about how floating dry docks work; the history of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse; tug boat yards; the 9/11 Teardrop Memorial and more!

Expert narration by mariners and representatives from NY/NJ maritime companies and organizations.

30 August Narrated by Capt. John Doswell
Guest Speakers:
Ed Kelly, Maritime Association of Port of NY/NJ

and Maggie Flanagan - Marine Educator South Street Seaport Museum

Click Here for Link to Downloadable Flyerr

Or visit or come to the Circle Line Box Office at Pier 83.
For more information on the tour, visit

Adult Ticket - $40
Seniors - $35
Children - $26 (3-12)

Boarding @ 10:30 a.m.
Cruising 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Saturday 30 August

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Pier 83, West 43rd Street and 12th Ave

Contact or for group sales (15+ people)

Working Harbor Committee in partnership with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises.
2.5 hour narrated Hidden Harbor Tour of Port Newark

22st Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition

Photo (c) Mitch Waxman

Sunday 31 August
10 am – Pier 84
West 44th Street & Hudson River

Parade of Tugs at Pier 84
The Race – ends at Pier 84
Line toss competition
Nose to nose competition
Spinach Eating Contest
Exhibits & Tug Art
Awards Ceremony

Click Here for Flyer

Click Here for Tug Race press photo download

Working Harbor Committee, Circle Line  42,
NYC EDC, Hudson River Park

Circle Line 42
Spectator Boat
Be right in the action!
Only $25 (kids $12)
9:30 to 11:30 am
Pier 83

Photo (c) 2013 Jhoneen Preece-Doswell


212 757 1600

Brand New Tour - Gowanus Canal!!

Photo (c) Mitch Waxman

Gowanus Bay
Including Erie basin & Sunset Park

5 October 2014 @ 1 pm - 2 hrs
Departing Pier 16 South Street Seaport
Tickets $35.00 Adult
$30 Senior, WHC members & kids under age 12

Erie Basin -Barge Center
Gowanus Bay Terminals
Home of Historic Ferry Yankee
Giant Slag Ship, MV Loujaine
Behind the Big Grain Elevators
Gowanus Canal - History & Future
Sunset Park


Circumnavigation of Staten Island
Including several Lighthouses

Photo (c) Mitch Waxman

Sunday 19 October 2014
Departs 1 pm - Returns 5 pm

Boarding begins @12:30 pm
World Financial Center Ferry Terminal
Tickets $55.00 Adult
$45 Senior, WHC members & kids under age 12

Lighthouses & More
Tug Yards & Drydocks
Giant Shipping Terminals
Graveyard of Ships & More
Former U.S. Navy Homeport
More Terminals
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Special guest speakers from the Gowanus Canal Conservancy



Click Here
for a 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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Next Steering Committee Meeting

28 August 2014 @ 6pm

Please email 
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

A "Virtual" visualized
Hidden Harbor Tour
is now available
20-30 Minutes + Q & A
Presented by Capt. Doswell


featuring photos by WHC Steering Committe Member Bernard Ente

If your organization would like a virtual Hidden Harbor Tour of any length in return for a honarium to WHC, contact










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