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Tugboat Race, 2018: Save the Date

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.

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

NYC Spectator Boat: board from Pier 83, West 43rd Street and Hudson River Park. Boarding begins at 10:00 a.m. Spectators will be onboard from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Full details and ticketing instructions will be published soon.

Hidden Harbor Tour® of Brooklyn Waterfront Past & Present

The tour on Thursday, 7 June, with guest speakers Capt. Maggie Flanagan, WHC & Waterfront Alliance, and Bill Miller, renowned maritime historian & author (, was a big success. There were 150 guests and good weather.

For more photos from the tour, click here.

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Photos © Phyllis Featherstone

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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