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Family Fun Day Boat Tour

Saturday, 5 August
2 pm - 4 pm
Pier 11 in Manhattan

With Guest Speaker Gordon Cooper, WHC Board/HHH Maritime Consulting

See Giant Container Ports Close-up Plus Ships, Tugboats, Cranes, a Lighthouse, and the Statue of Liberty!

For an exciting, fun-filled family adventure, go behind the scenes of the NY & NJ’s bustling working waterfront on a narrated Hidden Harbor® “Maritime Scavenger Hunt” Tour!

Children will get a workbook they will use to identify things seen in our working waterfront as we cruise to Port Newark/Elizabeth marine terminal. See that tugboat? Check if off in your book! A container vessel? A U.S. Coast Guard boat? The Statue of Liberty?

At the end of the tour, a maritime expert on board will sign the booklet to “certify” the child has been made an “Honorary Captain.” Sandwiches and beverages are available for purchase on board.

The 2-hour (2 pm-4 pm) fully-narrated boat tour departs at 2 pm sharp. Check-in begins at 1:30 pm from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan (located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane.)

Click here for tickets: $30; $25 seniors; $12 children 3-12 years (2 yrs. & under FREE)

For the group sale rate, email:

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Hidden Harbor Tour® of Brooklyn Waterfront Past & Present

Saturday, 12 August
6 pm to 8 pm
Pier 11 in Manhattan

With Andrew Gustafson, Turnstile Tours; Mitch Waxman, Newtown Creek Alliance; and Gordon Cooper, WHC Board & HHH Maritime

Tour 8 miles of Brooklyn’s waterfront industry--past and present--from Newtown Creek to Sunset Park.

From Newtown Creek through Sunset Park, the 8 miles of Brooklyn shore facing the Harbor’s Upper Bay were once filled with manufacturing, shipping, and commerce. Though apartment towers and landscaped parks now capture attention, Brooklyn still retains active trade and maritime business.

Join Working Harbor Committee for a tour of Brooklyn waterfront industry, past and present. Highlights include Brooklyn Navy Yard, the city’s new waterfront recycling facility at Gowanus Bay, and the working rail-to-barge connection at Brooklyn Army Terminal.

The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs at 6:00 pm sharp. Check-in begins at 5:30 pm from Pier 11, Wall Street, in Manhattan (located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane). Snack bar on board.

Click here for tickets: $35; $30 seniors

For group sale rate, email:

Click here for a printable flyer.

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Andrew, Gustafson, Vice President of Turnstile Tours, will discuss his organization's work sharing stories about the Brooklyn waterfront, including developing public tour programs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Brooklyn Army Terminal. Turnstile Tours offers a special 10% discount off any of their public tours for patrons of our newsletter! Use the code WorkingHarbor when booking at

Turnstile Tours offers public tours year-round by bus, bicycle, boat, and on foot, and all of the tours are available for private groups of all sizes, ages, and abilities. Since 2008, their team operates seven different theme-based tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, covering the city-owned industrial park's history, architecture, industry, and ecology.

Our Past, Present & Future Tour is offered every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm, and offers insight into the rich history and reinvention of this dynamic center of business and manufacturing. Visitors interested in taking a deeper look at the Navy Yard can join the Inside Industry Tours, which visit factories, studios, and workshops to see what some of the Yard's 330 businesses are making.

Turnstile Tours also works with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to offer tours of the Brooklyn Army Terminal and the city-owned Essex Street and Moore Street public retail markets. One of their most popular tours is the Food Cart Tour, offered in support of the non-profit Street Vendor Project, which explores the world of street food in the Financial District and Midtown Manhattan. They also offer special event and custom tours; for example, for the 2017 season, they offer walking tours of Brooklyn's Prospect Park to celebrate 150 years since its founding.

For further background on Turnstile Tours, please visit their website at

Hidden Harbor Tour® of Port Newark

Thursday, 17 August
6 pm to 8 pm
Pier 11 in Manhattan

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 p.m. sharp. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane. Snack bar on board.

Click here for tickets: $35; $30 seniors

For the group sale rate, email:

Click here for a printable flyer.

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

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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
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Check out Working Harbor Committee's
YouTube Channel

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for an important NY Times article about the future of the NYC seaport district by Paul Greenberg, Roland Lewis & Joan K. Davidson

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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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