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Moran tug Cape Cod and the Bayonne Bridge. Photo by John Skelson

The Port Authority has announced that the Bayonne Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic for the next 3 weekends.

Tight squeeze. Photo by John Skelson

Starting this Friday at midnight and lasting through Sunday at 4 p.m., the bridge roadway will close for the next 3 consecutive weekends – August 1-3, August 8-10 and August 15-17.

Bayonne Bridge. Photo by John Skelson

The closure is necessary to conduct work on the Bayonne Bridge “Raise the Roadway” project – allowing for the safe removal of portions the bridge structure, subsequent reinforcement of the span and support towers, as well as the safe lifting of huge sections of steel and concrete onto the bridge.

Should be quite a sight!

Maryland navigating Stolt Effort under the Bayonne Bridge. Photo by John Skelson

More weekend closures are expected as the project progresses. To get the latest, register for Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at, call 511 or visit or for updates on traffic conditions.

I am going to miss this spectacular view. Photo by John Skelson

The $1.3 billion Bayonne Bridge project will lift the bridge span 64 feet to allow the larger post-Panamax ships to enter our port. Read the complete Port Authority Press Release here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee. All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

Newly wed Capt. John Doswell will be hosting today’s Hidden Harbor Tour of Port Newark. It’s a beautiful day to be on the water, and what better way to spend a gorgeous Saturday morning than to take a cruise behind-the-scenes of our magnificent working harbor.

Bill Miller will be guest-narrating with Capt John, powerhouses of our working waterfront. Bill, an expert in the history of the Hudson River and her glory days as the Ocean Liner Capital of the East, and Capt John Doswell with his extensive knowledge of the inner workings of NY Harbor, will enthrall you with their stories.

The 2.5 hour tour will cruise the KVK, ships highway to the towering cranes at Port Newark – passing maritime dry dock repair, state-of-the-art FDNY fireboats, while motoring alongside tugboats navigating huge container ships beneath the graceful arch of the Bayonne Bridge into the 3rd largest port in the nation.

Get an insider’s view of how the working harbor really works and learn about what all those ships and tugs do. Enjoy close up views of port terminals where container ships dock and unload their goods from around the world.

Our tour boat leaves Pier 84 (W42 St./12 Ave.) at 11 am (boarding at 10:30am), returning to Pier 84 at 1:30pm. You can get tickets at this link, or purchase them dockside at the Circle Line ticket booth. Just ask for the Hidden Harbor Tour!

See you onboard!

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee. All photos by Mitch Waxman, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee


It has been almost a week since I’ve seen a tugboat! I’ve been on overload with the Hatteras-Okracoke ferries, day and night. I do have some new photos from the KVK shot before I went on vacation.

Ferry Floyd J Lupton. Photo by John Skelson.

Ferry Croatoan. Photo by John Skelson.

Union County NJ Police Launch patrolling the KVK. Photo by John Skelson.

USAC Container ship Asir. Photo by John Skelson.

St Andrews in Push Gear. Photo by John Skelson.

Oleander is a regular visitor to NY Harbor. Photo by John Skelson.

MSC Kim riding high in the water. Photo by John Skelson.

McAllister Sisters. Photo by John Skelson.

Laura K Moran passing Bruce A McAllister. Photo by John Skelson.

Joan Turecamo. Photo by John Skelson.

Tanker Emma Miller hitting a wake. Photo by John Skelson.

Bruce A McAllister. Photo by John Skelson.

From Hatteras North Carolina… John Skelson

All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

Maher Terminal Port Elizabeth. Photo by John Skelson

Go behind the scenes of our bustling port on a Hidden Harbor Tour this Saturday. The Working Harbor Committee presents their 2.5 hour fully narrated Hidden Harbor Tour of Port Newark, in partnership with Circle Line Sightseeing.

Bill Miller, “Mr Ocean-Liner” is the guest speaker and together with Captain John Doswell, they will give industry-insider tidbits as the tour boat winds her way through the harbor. Get tickets here.

Explorer of the Seas Pearl River and Quantico Creek. Photo by John Skelson

The tour departs from Pier 84 on the Hudson River (W42nd Street and 12 Avenue), on a comfortable Circle Line boat with an outdoor deck as well as an air-conditioned deck and cruises through “tugboat alley” – the Kill Van Kull, to the container terminals of Port Newark.

Laura K Moran Pushing Hard. Photo by John Skelson

a journalist from recently joined us on a tour. She wrote of her experience:

It’s easy for us New Yorkers to forget that we’re actually islanders, and even easier to lose sight of the size and scope of the working port that our city’s harbor once was . . . and very much still is. In fact, New York Harbor today only trails Long Beach and Los Angeles in California amongst the nation’s largest ports in terms of size, and holds the title of the busiest working port on the East Coast.

So many photos! Photo by John Skelson

For some insight into this behind-the-scenes side of NYC, Hidden Harbor Tours recently launched operations aboard Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises (the tours were previously conducted on New York Water Taxi) to showcase a fascinating back-door peek into the goings-on of New York Harbor (including both the New York and New Jersey waterfronts) that’s far removed from the typical tourist boat circuits that normally ply these waters.

Underway. Photo by John Skelson

Participants get to ogle nooks and crannies where the other tourist boats don’t venture, offering up-close encounters with tugboats, shipping barges, and other assorted maritime vessels, plus plenty of hidden-from-view shoreline sights that you wouldn’t be able to see any other way.

Morgan Reinauer at Caddell’s Dry Dock. Photo by John Skelson

Designed by nonprofit organization Working Harbor Committee, the narrated 2.5-hour tours launched in June 2014, and are scheduled to run on select Saturdays through October. Commentary onboard is offered by a rotating roster of noted maritime speakers and historians.

Gramma T Lee Moran huffin’ and puffin’. Photo by John Skelson

Cruises board at 10:30am, and sail from 11am to 1:30pm. Tickets cost $40/adults; $35/seniors; and $26/kids ages 3 to 12 (children under 3 are free). A portion of the ticket proceeds go toward supporting Working Harbor Committee’s mission. Visit or  to book; sailings embark on Circle Line from Pier 83 on the Hudson River (at W. 42nd St. & 12th Ave.). Read more at here

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee. All photos except image of Bill Miller by John Skelson.

City of Water Day was held this past Saturday, with a visit to the FDNY Fireboat 343, and a cruise on the Fireboat John J Harvey. Also, there are a few photos from the ferry ride to Manhattan.

Cape Beale at Stapleton. Photo by John Skelson

Evening Tide. Photo by John Skelson

Tug Jay Michael and Launch Alex D with dredging ops at MOT Channel Bayonne. Photo by John Skelson

Still at Weeks Marine, Jersey City, Left Coast Lifter’s boom has been raised, maybe finally preparing to head for the Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo by John Skelson

Justine McAllister with an oil barge “On the Hip”. Photo by John Skelson

Fireboat “Three Forty Three”. Photo by John Skelson

The huge Bow Monitor on Three Forty Three capable of delivering 18,000 gallons of water per minute. Photo by John Skelson

Tug Pegasus taking on passengers for a cruise. Photo by John Skelson

Fireboat John J Harvey. Photo by John Skelson

John J Harvey salutes Norwegian Gem as she leaves port on a cruise. Photo by John Skelson

Keep spotting,
John Skelson

All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

Ed Note: Don’t forget, John’s photos are on exhibit through July 31st onboard the Historic Lighthouse Tender “Lilac”. Ship hours are: 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursdays and 2:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is Free. (Directions to Pier 25.)

Photo via Baylander.US

Be the first to tour Baylander, the tiniest ex-U.S. Navy aircraft carrier!

Only 131 feet in length, Baylander served in Vietnam before being converted into a helicopter trainer for pilots from the U.S. Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard. [MarineLink/Trenk Family Foundation]

Photo via Baylander.US

Heralded as the US Navy’s “smallest aircraft carrier”, the historic vessel will be docked at Brooklyn Bridge Park‘s Pier 5 on weekends for FREE ship tours that will highlight her history and extraordinary service. Weekend ship tours start July 26 from 10am – 4pm.

Baylander IX-514’s arrival highlights the anticipated completion of Brooklyn Bridge Park Marina, the largest recreational marina to be developed in New York Harbor in 50 years.

Photo via Baylander.US

MarineLink: In addition, the developers of Brooklyn Bridge Park Marina, the largest recreational marina to be developed in New York Harbor in 50 years, say they are excited to announce an array of programming goals for the summer of 2014 associated with the arrival of Baylander, which will further BBP’s goal of promoting recreational boating and on- water educational programming, and provide New Yorkers even more opportunities to actively connect with their waterfront.

Fireboat John J. Harvey. Photo: ©John Skelson

The development team currently anticipates an open date of April 2015 for the marina. Prior to the start of construction, it is bringing Baylander to BBP to serve as the platform for other vessels to access the park. 

Letti G. Howard is put back in service with help from New York Harbor School students. Photo by Xavi Ocaña via Downtown Magazine NYC

These will include, amongst other historic vessels, Lettie G. Howard, a wooden Schooner built in 1893, owned by South Street Seaport Museum and operated by the Urban Assembly Harbor School, as well as Fireboat John J. Harvey a retired FDNY fireboat built in 1931.

Read more at MarineLink here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


Short post this morning as we head out en masse to the City of Water Day festivities on Governors Island.

Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Be sure to stop by the Working Harbor Committee tent and say “hi” to all the hardworking volunteers who will be manning the WHC table, near Yankee Pier from 10am – 4pm.

USACE Hayward. Photo via MWA Water Wire

In addition to the t-shirts and photo cards, they’ll also have brochures and rack cards about our popular Hidden Harbor Tours, the proceeds of which go towards funding WHC’s educational programs with local at-risk youth.

Have a great time at City of Water Day… and don’t forget the sunscreen!

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Arthur blew in on July 4th stirring up the currents and winds, creating issues for the fireworks displays, but, fortunately not much damage.

The “New” tug is not really new by any means, “Sandy G” was spotted crossing the harbor this week pushing a Crane Barge. I don’t know for sure but she may have been heading for the Tappan Zee project. Queen Mary 2 paid NY Harbor 2 visits this past week, sailing on a short 3 day cruise, and back on Sunday to load for a transatlantic crossing. Also spotted was a “new” colorful Stena Weco Tanker, anchored at Stapleton.

My photo exhibit “Tugboats, Workhorses of NY Harbor” opened this week on the Lighthouse Tender Lilac moored at Pier 25 in Manhattan. The exhibit will be up for the month of July, hours are Thursday 4-7PM and Saturday and Sunday 2-7PM.

Stenaweco Venture anchored at Stapleton. Photo: ©John Skelson

Tanker, Atlantic Pegasus in the anchorage. Photo: ©John Skelson

Austin and Stephen Scott Reinauer picking up a barge. Photo: ©John Skelson

Sandy G a new sighting, but not new by any means. Photo: ©John Skelson

Sandy G pushing a Crane Barge, Chesapeake Coast in the background. Photo: ©John Skelson

Magothy and oil barge bunkering Queen Mary 2. Photo: ©John Skelson

Queen Mary 2 at Red Hook, Brooklyn. Photo: ©John Skelson

Jill Reinauer in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

HMS Justice having a tough time with winds and current from “Arthur”. Photo: ©John Skelson

Barney Turecamo in the KVK. Photo: ©John Skelson

Hunting Creek passing Magothy. Photo: ©John Skelson

Have a good time at City of Water Day tomorrow! Until next week… John Skelson

All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

Historic Fireboat John J. Harvey rides! Photo via MWA

Just 3 more days until the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance presents their annual City of Water Day festival!

Man the monitors of a historic fireboat. Photo via MWA

Every July, the MWA hosts City of Water Day – a full day festival, filled with free waterfront activities – boat rides, live music, dockside tours, great food and more!

Photo via MWA

There’s even a cardboard-kayak race – so much fun for the whole family.

Competitors from last year’s cardboard kayak race. Photo via

City of Water Day: MWA’s City of Water Day Festival is a free day-long celebration that draws thousands of people from throughout the NY-NJ metropolitan region to participate in hundreds of unique, fun, and educational waterfront activities held all around the harbor.

Organized by MWA and its 700 Alliance Partners, the events run between 10am – 4pm this Saturday July 12th, 2014. 

Hands-on exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. Photo via MWA

Check out the many, activities at the festival and in your own neighborhood! Click here for directions to the various locations.

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Sorry for the late posting today, I took a much-needed morning off before we head into busy time – fun-season! With so many festivals and events coming up, it’s going to be a great July!

Our own ship spotter, John Skelson‘s photo exhibit “Tugboats – Workhorses of NY Harbor” opens today 5 July onboard the historic lighthouse tender Lilac moored at Pier 25 in lower Manhattan. Opening reception is Tuesday 8 July from 6-9 pm. Tug Pegasus will be moored next to Lilac Tuesday night, so there will be opportunity for ship tours.


Tug Pegasus. Photo via

City of Water Day, hosted by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, is coming up next Saturday, 12 July with free boat rides, food, music and exhibits. Check out all the fun happenings at their website here.


Tug Lynx at the Bayonne Bridge. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

Join us on our next Hidden Harbor Tour® of Port Newark, hosted by the Working Harbor Committee in partnership with Circle Line Sightseeing.  Saturday 19 July, at 11 am. Our 2.5 hour cruise behind the scenes of our great container port terminals, oodles of tugboats at work on the KVK, moving gargantuan infrastructure with ease through our harbor. Reservations can be booked here.


by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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