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Are you ready? Can you feel the excitement building?

On your mark… Photo by Mitch Waxman


Just 7 more days until the 23rd running of the Great North River Tugboat race and Competitions!

Big and little, old and new. Photo by John Skelson


See mighty feats of strength as the tugs battle for the prize.

Power-pushing. Photo by Mitch Waxman


Be right in the middle of the action on our Spectator Boat as it races alongside the tugs.

Full-speed ahead! Photo by John Skelson


Watch the tugboats churn up the Hudson River as they race to the finish!

Churning up the North River. Photo by John Skelson


But wait, that’s not all… there’s the Line Toss competitions…

Line toss. Can you get it in One? Photo by Mitch Waxman


Line up… cruise in… nice and slow… and hurrrrrrl the rope as hard as you can, while aiming for that teeny, tiny bollard…

Yep, THAT itty-bitty bollard. Photo by John Skelson


And don’t forget the ever popular Popeye® Spinach eating contests. I heard through the grapevine that some of you guys are training for the big green bowl…

I’m strong to the finich, cause I eats me spinach… Photo by John Skelson


I’m betting the competition will be fierce this year!!

Fierce competition, I tell ya. Photo by Mitch Waxman


There’s also tattoo contests, and the tug-mascot competition, music, and much more! It’s great fun for the whole family!

Tugboats, tugboats, tugboats! Photo by Jhoneen Preece-Doswell


I hope you’ll come join us next Sunday 6 September at Pier 84!


Winners get bragging rights, of course. Photo by Mitch Waxman


See you at the races!!

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee






Sorry for the late posting today all, had some unexpected dealings to handle this morning. That being said, I wanted to let you all know about a really cool exhibit that is going on at the museum ship Lilac at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25. It’s called: Spirits of the Passage: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.


via the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum


The exhibit, which will be on display through the end of September, speaks to “aspects of the maritime trade in African slaves combined with profiles of slaves, former slaves, abolitionists and others whose lives were touched by this global traffic. ”

via the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

Lilac News Release: The exhibit was created by the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida and designed to travel. The Museum exists to provide educational services to the public on maritime and colonial activity in the New World and to preserve maritime culture resources.  It was established by diver Mel Fisher, a treasure hunter who found the sunken wrecks of the Spanish galleons Nuestra Senora de Atocha and Santa Margarita.

via Lilac Preservation Project

Lilac received key funding from the Sandy Hook Pilots’ Association to bring this exhibit to New York.  The Association represents licensed pilots who guide ocean-going vessels through the Port of New York and New Jersey, the Hudson River, the East River, and Long Island Sound.

The exhibit is on loan until the end of September.  The last date to view the exhibit at Lilac is Sunday, September 27.  The ship is open from 4:00 to 7:00 pm Thursdays and 2:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. More information can be found at


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