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Cuckoo Hunter. Photo courtesy of


The carcass of a decomposing whale drifted to the surface yesterday afternoon in the Hudson River, near Jersey City, N.J.

Fin whales. Photo by Hans Bernhard (CC 3.0)


The whale was first sighted after an unfortunate encounter with a containership in Newark Bay on Monday, as reported by NBC New York.

The 30-foot whale was first spotted under the bow of a cargo ship in Newark Bay by a pilot boat driver a couple of days ago, according to Bob Schoelkopf of Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigatine. The ship appeared to have struck the whale, the pilot boat driver confirmed. 

Read more from NBC New York here…


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee




A quick post this morning to share with you an announcement from our friends @LILAC about a unique presentation to celebrate Coast Guard Day!

News Release:

LILAC: Flower of the Delaware
A Coast Guard Day Presentation

6:00 PM, Thursday, August 4, 2016
Pier 25 – West Street and N. Moore Street

Photo courtesy of LILAC Preservation Project


Have you wondered what a lighthouse tender did?  What’s involved in tending buoys?  Why do some Coast Guard cutters have black hulls?  Join us on August 4th, the 226th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Coast Guard, to get some answers.

Beginning at 6:00 PM in the Petty Officers’ Quarters, Museum Director Mary Habstritt will present LILAC: Flower of the Delaware, a discussion of the contributions of our ship and her crews as well as our non-profit’s efforts to restore her, illustrated with vintage photos and video.

Can’t make it? You’ve got another chance. This program will be repeated at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, August 9 at the lightship Nantucket, Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Find out more from LILAC Preservation Project.


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee, h/t Capt Mary Habstritt, Museum Director and President of the LILAC Preservation Project

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