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No shipping activity down here this year… so I am featuring photos from Working Harbor Committee’s Staten Island tours from the past.

This coming Sunday July 26, there will be a brand new WHC Hidden Harbor Tour featuring the History of Staten Island’s Waterfront, hope you all can make it.

Tug Oyster Creek at Howland Hook… from last years circumnavigation of Staten Island trip. Photo by John Skelson

Shelby Weeks off Tottenville. Photo by John Skelson

Photo Op…Tanker Bow Riyad. Photo by John Skelson

Up close to Norwegian Breakaway. Photo by John Skelson

MSC Busan in the KVK. Photo by John Skelson

Tug Maryland passing Caddell Dry Dock. Photo by John Skelson

Tug Capt Willie Landers passing Great Lakes yard Staten Island. Photo by John Skelson

Gulf Dawn, Wolf River and Dredge G.L. 63 operating at Howland Hook. Photo by John Skelson

Tanker Alpine Marie in the Arthur Kill. Photo by John Skelson

Tug Maria J also in the Arthur Kill. Photo by John Skelson

Cormorant leaving the 38 buoy. Photo by John Skelson


Until next week… John Skelson


All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee


Archival map image courtesy of Noble Maritime Collection


The forgotten borough of Staten Island is not so forgotten these days, with new developments rising along the shore. But how much do you know about Staten Island’s fascinating history?

Miriam Moran passes Sailors Snug Harbor on the KVK. Photo by Mitch Waxman


This Sunday July 26 from 3:30pm – 5:30pm, join us on WHC’s Hidden Harbor® History Tour of the Staten Island Waterfront.

Staten Island’s North Shore. Photo by Mitch Waxman


Come learn about the history of Staten Island’s working waterfront, from Algonquin tribal life, to the discoveries of Verrazano and Hudson. Find out how Dutch trade was established in the area and how Staten Island got its name.

Wavertree at Caddell ship yard. Photo by John Skelson


We’ll pass 130-year old sailing ship Wavertree as she undergoes a multi-million dollar restoration at Caddell Dry Dock.

Hear from expert narrators how George Washington used Shooter’s Island during the Revolutionary War, about the fascinating history of Robbins Reef Light and its most famous keeper, Kate Walker, and more!

Robbins Reef Light. Photo by Mitch Waxman


The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs at 3:30pm sharp. Look for sign-holding WHC volunteers at Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan, located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane.

Tickets: $30; $25 Senior/WHC member. Snack bar on board. For group sale rates, email

For more information about tickets & additional tours,visit

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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