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 with Guest Speakers:
Bill Miller, renowned waterfront historian and author, and
WHC Board member Gordon Cooper, HHH Maritime Consulting

Thursday, 18 August from 6pm to 8pm
Departing from Pier 11 (South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane)


RMS Carpathia at Pier 54. Photo: New York Public Library Digital Collections (PD)

♦ What famous NJ town was originally an island? ♦
♦ What heroic act did the RMS Carpathia become famous for? ♦
♦ What part of Manhattan was originally referred to as Capske Hook? ♦
♦ Which pier did Robert Fulton launch his first passenger carrying steam vessel the Clermont? ♦
♦ Where is it purported that Capt. Kidd buried a stash of loot? ♦


Holland America Line Piers in Hoboken, N.J. 1905 Photo: New York Public Library Digital Collections (PD)


Join us for a 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour with guest speakers WHC Board member Gordon Cooper, HHH Maritime Consulting, and


Bill Miller, renowned waterfront historian and author, Gateway to the World: The Port of New York in Colour Photographs being his latest! 





Our tour departs at 6:00 p.m. sharp from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan, located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouverneur Lane. Boarding begins at 5:45 p.m. There is a snack bar on board.

Tickets are $30; $25 seniors.
For group sale rates, email

Thanks to NY Waterway for their generous support of our Hidden Harbor Tours®

Maher Terminal Port Elizabeth. Photo by John Skelson

Go behind the scenes of our bustling port on a Hidden Harbor Tour this Saturday. The Working Harbor Committee presents their 2.5 hour fully narrated Hidden Harbor Tour of Port Newark, in partnership with Circle Line Sightseeing.

Bill Miller, “Mr Ocean-Liner” is the guest speaker and together with Captain John Doswell, they will give industry-insider tidbits as the tour boat winds her way through the harbor. Get tickets here.

Explorer of the Seas Pearl River and Quantico Creek. Photo by John Skelson

The tour departs from Pier 84 on the Hudson River (W42nd Street and 12 Avenue), on a comfortable Circle Line boat with an outdoor deck as well as an air-conditioned deck and cruises through “tugboat alley” – the Kill Van Kull, to the container terminals of Port Newark.

Laura K Moran Pushing Hard. Photo by John Skelson

a journalist from recently joined us on a tour. She wrote of her experience:

It’s easy for us New Yorkers to forget that we’re actually islanders, and even easier to lose sight of the size and scope of the working port that our city’s harbor once was . . . and very much still is. In fact, New York Harbor today only trails Long Beach and Los Angeles in California amongst the nation’s largest ports in terms of size, and holds the title of the busiest working port on the East Coast.

So many photos! Photo by John Skelson

For some insight into this behind-the-scenes side of NYC, Hidden Harbor Tours recently launched operations aboard Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises (the tours were previously conducted on New York Water Taxi) to showcase a fascinating back-door peek into the goings-on of New York Harbor (including both the New York and New Jersey waterfronts) that’s far removed from the typical tourist boat circuits that normally ply these waters.

Underway. Photo by John Skelson

Participants get to ogle nooks and crannies where the other tourist boats don’t venture, offering up-close encounters with tugboats, shipping barges, and other assorted maritime vessels, plus plenty of hidden-from-view shoreline sights that you wouldn’t be able to see any other way.

Morgan Reinauer at Caddell’s Dry Dock. Photo by John Skelson

Designed by nonprofit organization Working Harbor Committee, the narrated 2.5-hour tours launched in June 2014, and are scheduled to run on select Saturdays through October. Commentary onboard is offered by a rotating roster of noted maritime speakers and historians.

Gramma T Lee Moran huffin’ and puffin’. Photo by John Skelson

Cruises board at 10:30am, and sail from 11am to 1:30pm. Tickets cost $40/adults; $35/seniors; and $26/kids ages 3 to 12 (children under 3 are free). A portion of the ticket proceeds go toward supporting Working Harbor Committee’s mission. Visit or  to book; sailings embark on Circle Line from Pier 83 on the Hudson River (at W. 42nd St. & 12th Ave.). Read more at here

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee. All photos except image of Bill Miller by John Skelson.

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