It’s just 24 hours before the 23rd running of the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competitions.

Boxes of T-shirts are stacked in the hall, the cases of spinach we’ve purchased are right beside them. There are more ticks on the check-list than there are X’s…

But, there is one glaring thing missing.

Capt John Doswell photo by Mitch Waxman


Capt. John Doswell.

How did you do it all so easily, Capt. John? The permits, the promos, the events, the tides, the marine channels, the boats, the draft, the piers, the timing, the trophies, the postcards, the speakers, the insurance…

I dunno, seems like every single day has been a struggle to accomplish just half of the 30-million things that you took care of – always with a thumbs up and a smile.

photo by Mitch Waxman


All of us at the WHC have done our best to soldier on without your guiding hand. I hope we’ve done you proud.

photo by Mitch Waxman


13:00 hrs  (1 pm) –  Sunday 6 Sept.
Sound your ships horn in tribute to Capt. John Doswell

At precisely 13:00 hrs (1 pm) on Sunday, 6 Sept., vessels all around the harbor will blast their ships horns in a harbor-wide tribute to the man who orchestrated the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competitions for 22 years running.

photo by Mitch Waxman


If you are on the water tomorrow, please join us and sound your horns at 13:00 hrs (1 pm) for Capt. Doswell. Let’s make our harbor RING!

Hope to see (and hear!) you at the Tugboat Race tomorrow!


by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee