Last night, the harbor community came together to remember and celebrate the life of Capt. John Doswell, who we lost in January of this year.

Boats assembling for their tribute. Photo by Bonnie K. Aldinger


The evening was filled with tribute, ships of all shapes and sizes sailing by horns a-blasting, outriggers, kayakers & paddlers circling, one of John’s favorite bands playing… there were many stories told and many glasses lifted, among much laughter and a few tears.


Thank you PortNYwebcam for the footage!

And just as the Fireboat John J Harvey circled and began to spray water with her ships bell chiming, the setting sun burst through the clouds illuminating Pier 66 Maritime, with a golden glow – right on cue, the Doswell Effect.

The Doswell Effect. Photo by Bonnie K. Aldinger


Happy Birthday Capt. John. We miss you.


by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee