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27th Annual Tugboat Race

Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 from 10:30am-3pm

Spectator Boat: 10:30 am-12:30 pm leaving from
Pier 83 W. 43rd St and Hudson River Park, NYC.
Boarding begins at 10:15 am

Be right in the action on the Circle Line Sightseeing Spectator Boat at the 27th annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition!

Photo © 2019 Mitch Waxman

Get onboard the Spectator Boat and see the whole event up-close.
Cruise with the Parade of Boats, and even race alongside the tugs in the
big race! Boarding begins at 10:15 am, departure is at 10:30am from
pier 83--so you’ll be on the water before the parade!

Watch epic battles for supremacy in the on-water nose-to-nose pushing and then the line-toss contests when tugs arrive at the finish line at Pier 84.

Circle Line spectator boat
Photo © 2019 Mitch Waxman

There is more fun for the whole family after the race on Pier 84! After tugboats tie up at the pier, kids of all ages can test their mettle in the amateur line-toss competition or try their luck in the ever-popular spinach-eating contest. Stay around for the fun on trophies awarded for winners of best dressed tug crew, best female & male tattoo and best mascot.

Arlene Miller line toss
Photo © 2019 Mitch Waxman

Thanks to Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, the NYC Economic
Development Corporation & Hudson River Park for their generous
support of our event.

Click here for tickets

Click here for a printable flyer

Stay tuned for notices of our Fall 2019 Hidden Harbor tours!

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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