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Hidden Harbor Tour® of Port Newark

Thursday, 17 May
6:15 pm to 8:15 pm
Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan
With special guest speakers Mitch Waxman, WHC and, Bill Miller, renowned maritime historian & author (, and Gordon Cooper, Chair of WHC & HHH Maritime Consulting

Photo courtesy of and copyright Mitch Waxman

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 6:15 p.m. sharp.

NEW LOCATION: Check-in will begin at 5:45 p.m at the Battery Maritime Building (Governors Island Ferry Building) located at 10 South Street in lower Manhattan. When you arrive at the pier, look for volunteers holding a blue WHC pennant who will direct you to our check-in. We will return to Battery Maritime Building at 8:15 p.m. Click here for more information.

There is a snack bar on board selling sandwiches & chips as well as water, soda, wine & beer, but you are welcome to bring your own beverages/snacks. The tour is rain or shine.

Click here for tickets: $35; $30 seniors

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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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