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To start our 2015 tour season, the Working Harbor Committee presents two super fun tours of  two Superfund waterways!

The Pulaski Bridge spans Newtown Creek. Photo by Mitch Waxman


On Sunday, 31st May at 11:00 a.m., we will be offering a 2-hour boat tour of Newtown Creek with Newtown Creek Alliance historian Mitch Waxman narrating. Come learn about the key-role this SMIA played in the birth of the industrial age, where the fuel and petroleum industries began. Departs from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan, located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane.

Why is Whale Creek called Whale Creek? Who was Van Iderstine and what did he do? Come find out these curious facts and more on our fact-filled tour along the 3.4 mile long waterway in a comfortable NY waterways boat.

Special Promotional Priced Tickets for the Newtown Creek boat tour are only are only $30 each, $25 for seniors/kids under 12. For more information, click here!

The Hamilton Avenue Bridge spans the Gowanus Canal. Photo by Mitch Waxman


Following the Newtown Creek tour, the WHC will be embarking on a 2-hour tour of Gowanus Bay and Canal! Departing from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan, located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane at 1:10 p.m., the 2-hour tour will visit Erie Basin, GBX Gowanus Bay Terminals, the Historic Ferry Yankee, the giant Slag Ship MV Loujaine, the Big Grain Elevator, the Gowanus Canal, Sunset Park and more!

Come join us on these two tours of these little explored waterways both of which have been designated Superfund sites by the federal government. Our knowledgeable speakers will enthrall you with historic facts about the past, present and future of these waterways on the brink of development.

Special Promotional Priced Tickets for the Gowanus Bay and Canal boat tour are also only $30 each, $25 for seniors/kids under 12.

Come kick-off our 2015 tour season with these two specially priced, unique tours with the Working Harbor Committee! For more information, click here!

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


Photo via The Liverpool Echo


Sir Peter Blake, the artist who created the well-known Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, has been commissioned to paint a Mersey ferry in razzle dazzle colors to commemorate the centenary of World War I. [Liverpool Echo]

Snowdrop is being painted in a unique razzle dazzle design and will wear the dazzling colors for a year.

Photo via The Liverpool Echo


Liverpool Echo: The Snowdrop is the third in the series of Dazzle Ship commissions by the 14-18 NOW centenary arts organisation, following the Edmund Gardner, designed by artist Carlos Cruz-Diez as part of last year’s Liverpool Biennial, and Tobias Rehberger’s Dazzle Ship on the River Thames in London.

Photo via The Liverpool Echo


In addition to being a moving artwork, visitors who board the Snowdrop can learn more about the history of dazzle camouflage – invented in World War I to confuse the enemy as to the range and speed of allied ships, and the role that the Mersey Ferries played in the war in a display developed by curators from NML and Tate Liverpool.

Photo via


Jenny Waldman, director of 14-18 NOW said: “We congratulate Peter Blake on this wonderful artwork, which follows the success of the ‘dazzled’ Edmund Gardner in Liverpool and HMS President (1918) in London.





Snowdrop offers a completely new way for visitors to experience a dazzle ship and learn more about the rich maritime history of Liverpool and the Mersey Ferries during World War I.”

Read more from the Liverpool Echo here..

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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