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Tugboat Race, 2018: Buy tickets now for the Spectator Boat

View the parade and the races up close!

Working Harbor Committee is pleased to announce the 26th Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition Sunday, 9 Sept. 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Be right in the action on the Circle Line Spectator Boat. When you return to the pier at 12:30 pm, head over to Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 for more exciting events. You can test your mettle in the amateur line-toss competition or join us for other kid activities!

Phyllis Featherstone photo of the W. O. Decker crew in the 2017 line-toss contest.

Board from Pier 83, West 43rd Street and Hudson River Park. Boarding begins at 10:15 a.m. Spectators will be onboard from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Click here for tickets: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $12 for children 3-12.

Click here for a printable flyer.

A big thank you to our sponsors:

New York City Economic Development Corporation

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Hudon River Park Trust


Working Harbor Committee 2018 Tugboat Race Raffle!

Framed print of View from the Palisades by renowned seaport artist Naima Rauam

The George Washington Bridge was the world's longest suspension bridge when it opened in 1931. It spans the Hudson River between upper Manhattan, and Fort Lee, NJ. It was originally designed to be sheathed in granite, but with the onset of the Depression, the steel was left exposed.

I was walking in the park along the New Jersey Palisades on a gray day, but for the watercolor, I intensified the fog effect to accent the Little Red Lighthouse. – N.R.

Naima Rauam website:

Raffle drawing will occur at the 2018 Tugboat Race and Competition on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. on Pier 84 (W. 44th St. and Hudson River Park in Manhattan). You do not have to be present to win.

Click here for raffle tickets: $10 for one ticket, $25 for three tickets.

Click here for a printable flyer.

WHC staff will fill out your raffle cards.

Canal to Coast: Reuniting the Waters, $5 Tickets

Canal to Coast is a program of the Waterfront Alliance made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This series of performances will take place aboard Lehigh Valley No. 79, a 104-year-old Lehigh Valley Railroad barge moored in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

In addition to performances, Canal to Coast will offer boat tours focused on Erie Basin in Red Hook, Brooklyn and its role in helping the Erie Canal make New York City a world capital.

Tickets to performances cost $2 (plus processing fee) each. Boat-ride tickets cost $5 each (plus processing fee).

Harbor Tours: Take to the water aboard a New York Water Taxi, with tour guides organized by the Working Harbor Committee, to learn about the origins of Brooklyn’s Erie Basin as the Erie Canal’s ultimate destination and its current role as a vital resource for maritime industry on this guided tour of Red Hook's Erie Basin and our working waterfront, departing from and returning to Pier 81.

Boat-ride tickets cost $5 each.

For all events and dates, please click here for a printable flyer.

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 2018.

To make a donation, please click here.

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

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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