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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...."
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Peter Stanford passed away on
"...Peter Stanford spent his life founding things,
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..."
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Olga Bloom reacts to being presented with the Working Harbor
Committee’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005 by Peter Stanford.
In 1977, Olga Bloom bought an old coffee barge, paneled it in cherry wood from Staten Island ferry boats, brought it to a falling-apart fireboat pier at the foot of Fulton Street in Brooklyn, and began offering chamber music concerts performed by Juilliard students. Bargemusic has not only withstood time and tides ever since, but flourished as a fabulous marriage of chamber music with harbor life.
Only Olga Bloom could have done this. It took her discipline as a violinist who practiced Bach every morning and Zen throughout the day, her passion for beauty, her marvel at natural wonders, her poetic manner, and her stubborn strength.
Olga is among the one-of-a-kind people who came to New York Harbor and changed it forever, making connections no others could see, having a vision and an uncanny ability to bring it to living, growing reality. She gave Fulton Ferry Landing its history-recalling name, confounded government agencies that had no regulations for floating concert halls, attracted thousands of people to the waterfront with the unlikely lure of chamber music, and redirected the course of many lives.
Olga Bloom died Thanksgiving Day, Nov 24, at the age of 92. Bargemusic will continue under its president and artistic director Mark Peskanov, who came to the Barge as a performing violinist and became like a son to Olga, the godsend who would carry on after her. Olga will be missed, but also rejoiced.
(by Cindy Goulder)
(Photo Cindy Goulder 2007)*
Bernard Ente, our friend and a friend to many others on the NY Waterfront, died Friday, 8 April 2011. Bernie brought his unique style and smile to everything he did - from his extraordinary photographs chronicling the growth of the Working Harbor
Committee over the past 7 years, to his innovative and highly successful
specialty tours: Newtown Creek, Rail to Water,
Bridges, and Circumnavigation of Staten Island. And let us not
We were all so proud to join him when the Post Office dedicated a special commemorative stamp of the historic fireboat, John J. Harvey, using the photo he took of the vessel. And that was his photo of the Bayonne Bridge featured on a poster for NYSA’s Delivering Prosperity campaign, as well as other maritime publications.
*WHC Steering Committee member Cindy Goulder took the above photo in 2007 after an event. She sent Bernie a copy and he replied:
"I HATE being photographed, but your shot is not too bad.
You can photograph my Bar Mitzvah, too.
Capt. John Krevey
(Photo Bernard Ente)
Over thirty years ago, John Krevey had a vision of bringing historic, educational, and excursion vessels to our waterways and providing free public access to our waterfronts. John took his vision and made it a reality. We are so grateful to John for all he accomplished and the impact he had on our lives. He was truly an inspiration and his legacy will live on for generations to come.
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