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25th Annual Tugboat Race & Competition!

Plus Raffle of a Print by
Seaport Artist Naima Rauam!

Sponsor a Future Tugboat Captain

Sunday, 3 September
Be right in the action aboard the Circle Line Spectator Boat!
9:30 am-11:30 am
Book your tickets today!

Photo courtesy of and copyright Mitch Waxman

Boarding begins at 9 am
Circle Line Sightseeing Pier 83 at W. 43rd St. &
Hudson River Park

Be right in the action on the Circle Line Spectator Boat at the 25th annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition! Boarding begins at 9 a.m. at Circle Line Sightseeing Pier 83 located at W. 43rd St. & Hudson River Park in Manhattan.

The boat will leave at 9:30 am and we will cruise with the Parade of Tugboats up the river to the starting line at W. 70th St. and then race alongside the tugs back to Pier 84 at W. 44th St.

There you can watch the tugboats in the nose-to-nose pushing and line-toss contests. The boat will return at 11:30 am. Tugboats will then tie up at Pier 84 where there’s more fun for the whole family after the race!

When you leave the spectator boat, you can head over to Pier 84 where you can test your skills in the amateur line-toss competition or try your luck at in the ever-popular spinach-eating contest. Awards will be presented at 1 pm.

Click here for tickets: $25 adults; $20 seniors; $12 kids ages 3-10

For the group sale rate, email:

Click here for a printable flyer.

Free viewing is available on Pier 84, W. 44th St. & Hudson River Park, starting at 10 am. See the event schedule on the flyer.

2017 Tugboat Race Raffle!

Buy tickets online.

Framed print of Schooner Pioneer at Sunset by renowned seaport artist Naima Rauam. $5 one ticket or 5 tickets for $20.

Raffle drawing to take place at the 25th Annual Tugboat Race & Competition on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. on Pier 84 located at West 44th St. & Hudson River Park in Manhattan. WHC will fill out your ticket(s) to include in the drawing. You don't need to be present to win.

Click here to buy tickets.

For a printable flyer, click here.

The Pioneer, launched in 1885, hauled sand to iron foundries along the Delaware River, and was the first of only two cargo-carrying sloops with wrought iron hulls built in this country. She was donated to the South Street Seaport Museum in 1970. Pioneer is the last iron-hulled American merchant sailing vessel still in existence today.

Personal message from the artist: I admire the elegant forms of the Pioneer in full sail. The sloop is a natural element in New York's expansive harbor, and sunset allows me to surround the muted tones of the vessel's sails with vibrant color. —Naima Rauam

To view additional works of art by Naima Rauam, please visit her website at:

Sponsor a Future Tugboat Captain!

Introduce kids to the maritime industry!

Capt. Joe Alleyne from McAllister Towing & Shipping working with students from a Bronx high school.

Sponsor a child or youth on the spectator boat at the tug race and help us introduce kids to the maritime industry in a fun way! The WHC works closely with NYC nonprofit organizations to offer maritime educational programs for at-risk high school students. We introduce them to the career opportunities in the industry and the educational requirements needed to achieve them.

A $12 donation will sponsor one child or teenager on the spectator boat. A $30 donation will sponsor a child and an accompanying adult.

 To make a donation, please click here.

The WHC will contact you after the tug race to let you know how many kids and families we were able to sponsor at the race through your generous contribution. Thank you!

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

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
Click Here




Check out Working Harbor Committee's
YouTube Channel

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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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