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There’s a lot more to see (besides pollution) on Newtown Creek. Tugs transport fuel, aggregate, recycled materials and much of NYC’s garbage on the hidden waterway every day of the week.

You’ll likely recognize some familiar colors in these photos of “Tugs on Newtown Creek” by Mitch Waxman, WHC’s official photographer and Newtown Creek Alliance historian.

Want to see more? Join Working Harbor Committee on a 2-hour boat tour of the Newtown Creek on Sunday the 31st of May from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (tickets only $30!!) and learn about Newtown Creek’s importance as a vital maritime waterway is revealed in her historical, industrial past, present and future.

Reinauer’s Matthew Tibbetts on Newtown Creek, spitting distance from midtown Manhattan. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Franklin Reinauer transports fuel from Newtown Creek distribution facilities. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Matthew Tibbetts heading toward the Pulaski Bridge. Photo by Mitch Waxman

DonJon Marine’s Thomas D Witte transports twin barges filled with our garbage.Photo by Mitch Waxman

Mary H docked at Bayside Fuel. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Crystal Cutler cruises by SIM Metal Recycling, LIE in the background.Photo by Mitch Waxman

The Pulaski Bridge opens for McAllister’s Resolute, barge on the hip.Photo by Mitch Waxman

Ruby M. takes a barge up the creek for another load of aggregate. Photo by Mitch Waxman


Sunday 31st of May 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Newtown Creek Boat Tour
Click here for tickets!

Tour Departs from Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan at 11 am sharp. For more details click here.

by Mai Armstrong, all photos by Mitch Waxman, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee.


Aerial view of USS Independence (CVL 22) underway July 15, 1943 in San Francisco Bay, California. Credit: U.S. Navy, National Archives, 80-74436


The WWII aircraft carrier USS Independence is “amazingly intact”, after more than 60 years on the seafloor off the coast of California’s Farallon Islands. [NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries press release]

The shipwreck is in the northern region of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries


3D-sonar images show the vessel resting upright on the seafloor and what looks like a plane through the open forward aircraft elevator hatch.

The Coda Octopus Echoscope 3D sonar, integrated on the Boeing Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Echo Ranger, imaged the shipwreck during the first maritime archaeological survey. The image shows an outline of a possible airplane in the forward aircraft elevator hatch opening. Credit: NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus


NOAA: “After 64 years on the seafloor, Independence sits on the bottom as if ready to launch its planes,” said James Delgado, chief scientist on the Independence mission and maritime heritage director for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. “This ship fought a long, hard war in the Pacific and after the war was subjected to two atomic blasts that ripped through the ship. It is a reminder of the industrial might and skill of the “greatest generation’ that sent not only this ship, but their loved ones to war.”



NOAA’s interest in Independence is part of a mandated and ongoing two-year mission to locate, map and study historic shipwrecks in Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and nearby waters. The carrier is one of an estimated 300 wrecks in the waters off San Francisco, and the deepest known shipwreck in the sanctuary.

Read more from NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries here…


by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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