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Go behind the scenes on our
Hidden Harbor Tour®
of Gowanus Bay
including: Erie Basin,
Red Hook and Sunset Park!

all photos (c) Mitch Waxman

Thursday, 16 June from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pier 11 in lower Manhattan

Special Guest Speakers:

Captain Margaret Flanagan, Maritime Operations, Waterfront Alliance &
Joseph Alexiou, tour guide and author of “Gowanus Brooklyn’s Curious Canal.”

Come explore the changing face along the South Brooklyn’s waterfront!Learn about the history of Red Hook, Gowanus Bay, Erie Basin & Sunset Park with the Working Harbor Committee. Our expert narrators will enthrall you with tales of how the shore along the harbor’s Upper Bay were once filled with manufacturing, shipping, and commerce.

See the new waterfront recycling facility at Gowanus Bay with its wind-turbine, the slag ship MV Loujaine and the Big Grain Elevator close-up.

The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs at 6PM sharp. Boarding begins at 5:45 PM from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouverneur Lane. Snack bar on board.

Tickets: $35; $30 seniors.

Tickets are selling fast so book today!

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Working Harbor Committee Hidden Harbor Tours® Presents:

Hidden Harbor Tour®
of Port Newark

all photos (c) Mitch Waxman

For an exciting adventure, go behind the scenes of the bustling Port of
on our Hidden Harbor Tour® of Port Newark!

Thursday, 30 June from 6pm to 8pm
Pier 11 (South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane)

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; tug boat yards, the Bayonne Bridge and it’s 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 5:45 p.m. from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane.

Tickets: $30; $25 seniors.

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Working Harbor Committee Executive Director

The Working Harbor Committee, a nonprofit organization, seeks an Executive Director for a full or part-time position. The ED is responsible for WHC leadership and administration in public programming, fundraising, marketing, and community outreach in furtherance of the WHC mission of educating people about the past, present and future of our working waterfronts.
• Bachelor’s degree (or demonstrated equivalent experience)
• 3-5 years experience in nonprofit/government management
• Good leadership and organizational skills
• Written and oral communication skills
• Good public speaker
• Ability to work well with staff and volunteers
• Knowledge of the NY/NJ maritime community helpful but not essential.

To submit a resume go to:

Access Code — StanWell

Responsibilities of the WHC Executive Director
The Executive Director of the Working Harbor Committee reports directly to the WHC Board and is
responsible for overseeing the administration, programs (including program initiation), and strategic plan
of WHC. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.

. Communicate effectively to Board regarding educational mission, projects, and funding
. With Board committee, create long range plan with near and long term goals

. Report on WHC’s financial soundness for Board review, including actual income and expenses, monthly
or quarterly cash flow projections, and annual budget
. Develop appropriate funding sources with Board and staff

Mission and Program
. Serve as spokesperson for WHC, with Board Chair
. Hire and retain qualified staff
. Serve actively as liaison to WHC maritime Community
. Oversee staff planning and marketing the self-funding Summer-Fall Hidden Harbor tour program and
other educational public program and special events, including Youth Tours, Gala, Movie Night, Tug Race
. Oversee website, blog, and newsletter in furtherance of the WHC mission

Click here for full job describtion & information

For info on our upcoming
Summer Hidden Harbor Tours
& More

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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



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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
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