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Tugboat Race on Sept. 4 has been postponed to Oct. 9

Due to concerns on the possible impact from tropical storm Hermine in our area the decision was made to postpone the tugboat race scheduled for this weekend to Sunday, Oct. 9. NYCEM Watch Command issued the following statement yesterday “This system may bring coastal flooding, strong wind and rip currents to the NYC Area.” The safety of our guests and competitors in the race was the deciding factor in moving the event to Oct. We hope you'll be able to join us on Oct. 9!

Sunday, 9 October, 2016 from 9am-2pm
Pier 83, West 43rd Street and Hudson River Park, NYC
Sponsored By: Working Harbor Committee, NYCEDC & Circle Line

Spectator Boat: 9:30am-11:30am
Boarding Begins: at 9:00am

Be right in the action on the Circle Line Spectator Boat at the 24th annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competitions! 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 9:00am, departure is at 9:30am from Pier 83 - so you’ll be on the water before the parade!

There’s more fun for the whole family after the race! Watch epic battles for supremacy in the nose-to-nose pushing and line-toss contests. You can test your mettle in the amateur line-toss competition, or try your luck at in the ever-popular spinach-eating contest. There’s a division for kids too! Thanks to Hudson River Park, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, & the NYC Economic Development Corporation for their generous support.

Event Schedule on Pier 84
10:00am Parade of Tugs from Pier 84 (w 44th st./hudson river park) to the

start line @ Pier I at w 70th st. in Riverside Park South
10:30am Race Starts (runs from Pier I to Pier 84)
11:00am Nose-to-nose pushing contests & Line-toss competition
Noon Amateur line-toss & Spinach-eating contests
1:00pm Awards Ceremony
2:00pm Tugs depart

Last Tour of the Season
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Brooklyn Waterfront
Past & Present

Thursday, 15 September
6pm to 8pm
Pier 11 (South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane)

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 6:00pm sharp from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane on Thurs. 15 Sept. Boarding begins at 5:30 pm. Snack bar on board.

$30; $25 seniors/WHC member
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Tugboat Charters

The WHC does not rent tugboats nor at this time know of any nonprofit organization that offer tug rides or charters. If we learn of any organizations in the future that offer such services we will post it 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...."

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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..."

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