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Just 7 more days until the 24th annual Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition!

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September 4th, 2016, the festivities start at 10 am at Pier 84 on the Hudson River near 44th Street.

Tugboats will parade along the Great North River before the big race, showing off their colors.

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You can watch the big show for free right on the pier, or for a close-up and exhilarating experience, join us on the WHC Spectator Boat and race alongside the tugs! Click for tickets here.

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The spectator boat departs from the Circle Line Pier 83 (W.43 rd St./12 Ave.) at 9:30 am sharp. We’ll be in the best spot for the start of the Parade of Tugs.

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You can also participate in our landside line-toss competition, or get in on our wildly popular Spinach-eating contest (we have both adult and kid divisions).

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You could win yourself a trophy or two!

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There’ll be food, music and tattooed sailors and more! There’s fun for the whole family and lots of tugboats!

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See you at the Tugboat Race next Sunday!

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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

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

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