Special evening program will feature documentary films with commentary by tug captains and crew presenting an insider’s look at the tugboat industry—its colorful history, present-day work, and vital importance.

Tuesday, April 17 at 6.p.m.
Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan
Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors).

They can be purchased at www.workingharbor.org
and include a reception with food, beer, wine and other beverages.

New York, NY, April 2, 2012 – Everybody loves tugboats, those iconic little workhorses that push ships ten times their size through narrow waterways and tow barges laden with fuel oil through busy harbors. “It is like the “Little Engine That Could,” or the mouse that pulled the thorn out of the lion’s paw,” said filmmaker Tom Garber, whose documentary, Tugging Through Time: The History of Harbor Tugboats, will be featured.

The Working Harbor Committee (WHC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the history and present-day importance of the Port of New York and New Jersey, is sponsoring the presentation. Since 2002 WHC has taken more than 20,000 people on Hidden Harbor® boat tours to visit behind-the-scenes waterfront places that most people never get the chance to see. “Tugboats are always the biggest hit,” said Captain John Doswell, the organization’s executive director. WHC also runs the annual New York Harbor Tugboat Race. “People always ask what it is like to be on board. Our ‘All About Tugs’ program will answer that question.”

The evening will feature three films:
– 1948 Disney cartoon Little Toot, based on the classic children’s book of the same name by Hardie Gramatky. First published in 1939 and still in print today, the book tells the story of a rogue young tugboat that becomes a hero.

Tugs, a nine-and-a-half minute documentary by Jessica Edwards that won acclaim at several international film festivals last year. The film, shot in New York Harbor, features tugs and crews from Miller’s Launch. “It is an ode to the hardest working boats on the waterways, and the people who pilot them,” said filmmaker Edwards.

Tugging Through Time: the History of New York Harbor Tugboats, a 55-minute film by Emmy Award filmmaker Tom Garber. This film combines rare footage of early steam tugs, onboard footage of today’s modern tugs and interviews with tug company presidents to tell the story of an industry that has been filled with determination, drive and courage from the very beginning. It shows the heroic role tugboats and their crews played in the 9/11 “boat lift” that brought hundreds of thousands of people to safety following the terrorist attacks. And it shows tug crews joyously competing for honors at New York Harbor’s annual tugboat race and competition.

Immediately following the film program, a panel of tugs captains, crewmembers, owners and professionals will talk about their maritime experiences and take questions from the audience. A reception with food, wine, beer and soft drinks will follow.

The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at the Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan. Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors age 62+) and are fully tax deductible. They can be purchased at www.workingharbor.org.

Advance purchase is strongly recommended since seating is limited. For additional information or telephone purchases, contact 212-757-1600.

High Res photos are available upon request. Press coverage is invited; please contact Betsy Haggerty bfhaggerty@gmail.com to arrange for tickets.

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