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Hidden Harbor® Tour of Port Newark

Tuesday, 23 May
6 pm-8 pm
Pier 11 in Manhattan
Boarding begins at 5:45 pm

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 do. 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; tugboat yards; the Bayonne Bridge and its 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 6 p.m. sharp. Boarding begins at 5:45 p.m. from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane.

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Hidden Harbor Tour® of Brooklyn Waterfront Past & Present

Wednesday, 14 June
6 pm to 8 pm
Pier 11 in Manhattan
Boarding begins at 5:45 pm

Special guest speakers: Captain Margaret Flanagan, Maritime Operations, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, and Dom Gervasi, Made in Brooklyn Tours

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 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 6:00 p.m. sharp from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane on Weds. 16 June. Boarding begins at 5:30 pm. Snack bar on board.

Click here for tickets: $35; $30 seniors.

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Photos © 2017 by Mitch Waxman

The WHC does not rent tugboats nor at this time know of any nonprofit organizations that offer tug rides or charters. If we learn of any organizations in the future that offer such services, we will post them on our website. 




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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

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Peter Stanford 
WHC Founder & Inspiration

Peter Stanford passed away on
Thursday morning, March 24, 2016.

"...Peter Stanford spent his life founding things,
it seems – South Street Seaport Museum,
National Maritime Historical Society, and – highlight in our own lives – the Working Harbor
Committee among them

His heart was gladdened at the WHC’s developing strengths in its educational programs, its tours for underserved youth who discover the harbor and learn about maritime careers in the industry.  He was passionate about our mission of teaching NY/NJ harbor history and life today and thus enhancing the harbor’s future, and impressed by WHC’s willingness to work hard to achieve that mission..."

To read full article by Terry Walton
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Check out Working Harbor Committee's
YouTube Channel

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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
by Peggy Taylor


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