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On your mark… Photo by Mitch Waxman


*Sunday, 6 September, 2015 from 10 am – 2 pm*
The Working Harbor Committee presents
the 23rd Annual Great North River Tugboat Race
& Competitions!

Pier 84, West 44th Street and Hudson River Park, NYC

The Spectator Boat races alongside the tugs. Photo by Mitch Waxman


Be right in the action on the Circle Line Spectator Boat at the 23rd annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competitions!

And they’re off! Photo by Mitch Waxman


Get onboard the Spectator Boat and see the whole event up-close. Cruise with the Parade of Boats, and even race alongside the tugs in the big race!

Parade of Tugs. Photo by Mitch Waxman


The Spectator Boat sails from 9:30 am – 11:30 am (Pier 83, w 42nd St., Hudson River Park in Manhattan). Boarding begins at 9:15 a.m. – so you’ll be on the water before the big parade!

Spectator Boat Tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors (age 64+) and $12 for children ages 3 and up.

Push! Photo by Mitch Waxman


There’s more fun for the whole family after the race! Watch epic battles for supremacy in the nose-to-nose pushing and line-toss contests.

Top hats and tails at the toss. Photo by Mitch Waxman


You can test your mettle in the amateur line-toss competition, or try your luck at in the ever-popular spinach-eating contest. There’s a division for kids too!

Public viewing from Pier 84 is free.

Vikings battle at the spinach-eating contest. Photo by Mitch Waxman


Event Schedule on Pier 84

10:00 am   Parade of Tugs from Pier 84 (w 44th St./Hudson River Park) to the start line @ Pier I at w 70th St. in Riverside Park South

10:30 am   Race Starts (runs from Pier I to Pier 84)

11 am   Nose-to-nose pushing contests & Line-toss competition

Noon   Amateur line-toss & Spinach-eating contests

1 pm   Awards Ceremony

2 pm   Tugs Depart

Coveted trophies. Photo by Mitch Waxman


Thanks to Hudson River Park, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, & the NYC Economic Development Corporation for their generous support.

For more information, visit  See you at the Races!


by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee 

Here are some more photos from Saturday’s Hidden Harbor Tour of Newark Bay, on Circle Line Sightseeing.

HMS Justice, Barge in push gear at the Bayonne Bridge. Photo by John Skelson.

Herma P unloading at Maher Terminal Port Elizabeth. Photo by John Skelson.

Amy Moran headed for Moran’s yard Port Richmond. Photo by John Skelson.

Maersk Atlanta at APM Terminal Port Elizabeth. Photo by John Skelson.

Kirby’s Penn No. 4 headed westbound in the Kill van Kull. Photo by John Skelson.

Pokomoke in push gear east in the KVK. Photo by John Skelson.

Thomas D Witte in drydock at Caddell Staten Island. Note, both propellers are missing. Photo by John Skelson.

Specialist in Newark Bay. Photo by John Skelson.

Nanticoke entering the KVK. Photo by John Skelson.

The giant crane Left Coast Lifter, getting readied for the Tappan Zee Bridge project. Photo by John Skelson.

Atlantic Compass at Port Elizabeth. Photo by John Skelson.

US Naval Ship Watkins in the “Graving Dock” Bayonne NJ. Photo by John Skelson.

Small Tanker Emma Miller in the KVK. Photo by John Skelson.

This is the last weekend to see my photo exhibit, “Tugboats, Workhorses of NY Harbor” on the Historic Lighthouse Tender “Lilac” located at Pier 25, at the foot of N. Moore St in Manhattan. I plan on being there for a while Sunday afternoon.

Also, be sure and get your Spectator Boat tickets for the Great North River Tugboat Race (PDF) on Sunday, August 31!

See you “ShipSpotting”…

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

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