One year ago this week, June 30th, USS Slater returned to her berth in Albany after several months of repairs at Caddell Dry Dock, Staten Island.

I was out at 5am to photograph the start of her journey back home; once again, I’m sharing some of the photos here.

USS Slater on dry dock at Caddell. Photo by John Skelson

Back in the water, sporting her new “Dazzle” paint job. Photo by John Skelson

The journey begins, tugs Margot and Frances making the move. Photo by John Skelson

Margot. Photo by John Skelson

Frances. Photo by John Skelson

At sunrise. Photo by John Skelson

Passing Zim New York. Photo by John Skelson

Leaving the KVK. Photo by John Skelson


One year later, June 30, 2015, on the KVK


New Jersey Responder, pollution control vessel. Photo by John Skelson

Dorothy J assisting Ruby M docking a barge at Bayonne. Photo by John Skelson

St Andrews. Photo by John Skelson

Stephen B, Miriam Moran in background. Photo by John Skelson

A curious spectator. Photo by John Skelson


Thursday, July 9th, there is a Working Harbor Newark Bay cruise; tickets are available here. Hope to see you spotting onboard.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
– John Skelson


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


Photo by Mitch Waxman.


After this weekends BBQ and fireworks you won’t want to miss out on the Working Harbor Committee’s signature Sunset Hidden Harbor Tour® Port Newark. Go behind the scenes of the bustling Port of NY & NJ for an exciting adventure!


Photo by Mitch Waxman.


Next Thursday, 9 July from 6-8PM, enjoy a 2-hour tour with Guest Speakers Lucy Ambrosino, Port of New York & New Jersey and Capt. Margaret Flanagan, Maritime Operations, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.


Photo by Mitch Waxman.


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. See giant container terminals, oil docks, dry dock repair, and more!


Photo by Mitch Waxman.


Learn about how floating dry docks work; the history of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse; tug boat yards, the 9/11 Teardrop Memorial; 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.


Photo by Mitch Waxman.


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

Tickets: $30; $25 seniors

For group sale rates, email For more information about tickets & additional tours visit

Hope to see you onboard. I’ll be on the bow!

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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