New York Working Harbor Tour

8/22/2008:

Hoboken411 reader “Brooklyn Bridget” recently took a cool tour of New York’s harbor, and wants to share her experience with Hoboken residents.

Has anyone else tried it?

Working Harbor Tours and Events

Last Tuesday, I took a tour of the non-touristy parts of NY Harbor. It was on a Circle Line boat, but was organized by the Working Harbor Committee. The tour is offered on three more Tuesdays, from 6 to 8pm: the 26th of August and the 16th and 30th of September, and costs $29 per adult (a little less for children and seniors).

A member of the Working Harbor Committee narrates the tour, which focuses on manufacturing and shipping in the harbor. Tour Description (from their website): Depart South Street Seaport Museum Pier 16, Red Hook Container Terminal (American Stevedoring), East side Governors Island, Red Hook Passenger Terminal (where QM2 and other cruise ships dock), Erie Basin (Barges & tugs, where fireworks are loaded), Across the upper bay, Kill Van Kull (old docks and tugboat yards), Bayonne Bridge, then either New York Container Terminal (at Howland Hook, Staten Island) or Port Elizabeth & Port Newark (container terminals), back out the Kill Van Kull, by Robbins Reef Lighthouse (widow Kate Walkerʼs home), Military Ocean Terminal (large graving dock), Global Ocean Terminal (container port & automobile ship dock), Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, Whitehall Ferry Terminal (tip of Manhattan) and back to South Street Seaport Museum Pier 16.

PHOTO GALLERY (HOLD MOUSE OVER IMAGE TO NAVIGATE – 58 PHOTOS IN THIS SET)

For a complete list of their tours, including a circumnavigation of Manhattan focusing on marine railway termini, you can visit http://workingharbor.com/Events.htm

Tugboat Competition next weekend

They also organized a tugboat competition and parade which will be viewable from the waterfront — probably best from the north end of town or from Weehawken, as the tugboats gather near 79th Street and head south to 44th Street. Here is the schedule:

Sunday 31 August 2008 – 10:00 AM to 2 PM Pier 84, West 44th Street and Hudson River – in Hudson River Park

  • 9:30 AM – Tugs gather near Pier 84 – Spectator Boat (visit workingharbor.com for tickets) departs Pier 83
  • 10:00 AM – Parade of tugs from Pier 84 to the start line near the 79th Street Boat Basin.
  • 10:30 AM – Race starts
  • 11 AM – Nose to nose pushing contests and line toss competition.
  • Noon – Tugs tie up to Pier 84 for lunch and awards ceremony.
  • Noon to 1 PM – Special spectator contests
  • 1 PM – Awards ceremony. Tugs depart at about 2 PM.

Organized by the Working Harbor Committee, in conjunction with Capt. Jerry Roberts (founder of the event), Bert Reinauer (Reinauer Transportation) and the Tugboat Race Steering Committee.

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globetrotter
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globetrotter
8 years 1 month ago

[quote comment=”101053″]I went on this tour a number of years ago, when it was on Saturday morning and the cost was a small donation.

For someone like me it was a very neat tour, I found it very interesting; though the time I went way back when it was cut a little short by the Coast Guard for the ubiquitous “Security Concerns” and made the captain turn around near Bayonne.

Again, if you appreciate the history of this area and the industry that made it what it is, this would probably be an interesting tour for you. If you can’t wait for every last parcel of land to be developed into shiny new luxury condos, maybe not so much.[/quote]
Just completed this tour a few hours ago. A very relaxing, informative tour with precious little tourists to crowd the skyline for photo ops. Highly recommended for anyone with any interest in how the vastly diminishing “working class” really built New York Harbour.

hobojoe
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8 years 1 month ago

I went on this tour a number of years ago, when it was on Saturday morning and the cost was a small donation.

For someone like me it was a very neat tour, I found it very interesting; though the time I went way back when it was cut a little short by the Coast Guard for the ubiquitous “Security Concerns” and made the captain turn around near Bayonne.

Again, if you appreciate the history of this area and the industry that made it what it is, this would probably be an interesting tour for you. If you can’t wait for every last parcel of land to be developed into shiny new luxury condos, maybe not so much.

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