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New York Trips: Go on a Working Harbor Tour of NY Harbor

Retired fireboat John J. Harvey sprays water for a departing cruise ship. Photo (c) 2005 Bernard Ente.

Though lots of New York’s food arrives here by truck or rail, much of it  also comes by water. Take imported goods like cheese and cocoa beans. Ships deliver these products, and more, to our shores.

If you want to understand the vital role that New York’s waterways have played in the city’s life since Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson River in 1609, then sign up for one of the Working Harbor Committe’s tours of New York Harbor. A nonprofit, the Working Harbor Committee educates people about New York’ harbor’s vibrant commercial role in the development of the city.

I’ve taken these Hidden Harbor Tours® and they’re the perfect way to laze away a summer evening. Plus, you’ll get a guided tour of New York harbor by tug boat captains, maritime historians and other experts. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear a tug boat toot it’s horn!

When you’re continually jostled on Manhattan’s packed sidewalks, it can be tough to contemplate New York’s maritime heritage. It takes a cruise along the city’s waterways to reveal the depth of the city’s connections to the waterways surrounding it.

From the Brooklyn Piers to the Kill Van Kull, a stretch of water that separates Staten Island and Bayonne, Hidden Harbor Tours wend their way through New York Harbor.  The tours depart from Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport and take 2 hours.  Your first domestic wine, beer or soft drink is on the house.

Tour dates are  June 15;  July 14;  Aug. 18 and Sept. 15- all at 6:30 PM.  Other trips are planned, too-and there’s a tugboat race scheduled for September.

To order tickets go to www.WorkingHarbor.Org.

One Response to “New York Trips: Go on a Working Harbor Tour of NY Harbor”

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    Alfred:

    I think that boat sprang a leak…

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