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J.W. Westcott II. Photo via OldShips


J.W. Westcott II is a mail delivery boat that operates out of Detroit, Michigan, delivering mail to Great Lakes vessels that are underway on the Detroit River. The mail is delivered using a “mail-by-pail” system, as it has done since the first mid-river mail delivery in 1895.

J. W. Westcott II. Photo by Copysan (CC 4.0)


Correspondence and packages bound for ships crews can be delivered to them via J.W. Westcott II by addressing them to:

Vessel Name,
Marine Post Office,
Detroit, Michigan, 48222

The US postal zip code 48222 is exclusive to the floating post office and its ship addressees.



J.W. Westcott II is 45 feet in length and is powered by a single screw 305 horsepower marine diesel engine. In contract with the USPS through 2021, the mail-boat delivers all mail free of charge, courtesy of the US Postal Service.

The New York Times recently published a beautiful editorial about the J.W. Westcott II and her unique service. be sure to read it here…

Hat tip to WHC Steering Committee member Chris Berg – Thanks Chris for the link to this amazing story.


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


The 24th annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition is coming this Labor Day Sunday, 4 September, 2016, at Pier 84, West 44 Street and 12 Avenue in Manhattan.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


See our mighty tug friends compete on the Great North River, some of you might call it the Hudson River, in a massive show of strength and agility!

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


Our spectator boat departs Pier 83 (W. 43/12 Ave) at 9:30 am sharp, so we can get in the best spot for the parade of tugs.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


Come race time, the spectator boat races alongside the tugs, you’ll be close enough to get splashed by the spray kicked up by the racing tugs!

For this excellent vantage point, get tickets for the spectator boat here.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


The Parade of Tugs start things off at 10 a.m., you’ll get to see all the tugs and other participating vessels (shout-out Fireboat John J Harvey!!) shake their shimmy on the Hudson before the big line up for the race.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


After the speed event, the mighty feats of strength competition begins where the tugs face-off nose-to-nose in a pushing contest.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


Watch the tugboaters, their families and crew get into the spirit with a dash of friendly rivalry and tons of fun.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


Come ashore for the pro line-toss competitions and cheer on your favorite tug-teams! We’ll also have amateur line-toss contests on the pier for both adult and kid divisions. See if you have a future career as a deckhand!

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


And of course, don’t miss our popular spinach-eating contest! You’ll have top competitors to best – last years winner of the adult division downed the spinach in just 8 seconds. Better get practicing… !

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


There’ll also be mascots, and tattoos and sailors, oh my! And lots and lots of fun for kids young and old!

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


Get ready! Tugboat Race Day Sunday Sept 4th, Pier 84. Only 2 weeks to go!! 


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


Great North River Tugboat RaceSeptember 4th, 2016
10 days to go.

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