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Let me plug some unique history tours of New York harbor on an authentic restored 1930 tugboat called W. O. Decker, owned by South Street Seaport Museum. Each tour leaves Pier 16 on Saturday at 10am and returns at 2 pm. Board 10 minutes before departure at the stern of Peking. Tour capacity is 12 passengers. An experienced educator and Coast Guard-licensed captain guides each tour. The cost for the four-hour tour is $80 for Museum members and $100 for non-members and includes a box lunch and drink. For reservations, email RESERVATIONS@SOUTHSTSEAPORT.ORG.


Tours focus on either Brooklyn Waterfront, Newark Bay, Upper New York Bay, or the North aka Hudson River as follows:

Brooklyn Waterfront– June 9, June 30, Aug 4, Aug 18, Sept 22, and Oct 13.

Newark Bay –June 23, July 7, Aug 11, Aug 25, Sept 29, and Oct 20.

Upper New York Bay– July 28 and Oct 6.

North River –Sept 1 and Oct 27.



BROOKLYN WATERFRONT points of interest: Fulton Ferry, Barge Music, River Café, Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, Domino Sugar plant, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Bushwick Creek, Midtown Manhattan skyline, Newtown Creek tank farms, scrapyards, concrete plants, lumber yards, Corlear’s Hook Park, Gouverneur Clinic, Lower East Side, New York Post building, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Piers, Governor’s Island, Atlantic Basin container facility, Rail ferry gantries and ramps, Erie Basin, Gowanus Bay and Canal tank farms, floating generator plants, Bush Terminals

NEWARK BAY points of interest:  Morris Canal, Liberty Island and Statue of Liberty, Military Ocean Terminal, Robbins Reef Light, St. George Staten Island Ferry terminal, Kill Van Kull tank farms, drydocks, oil terminals, tugs and barges, wrecks at Port Johnston, Bayonne Bridge, Shooters Island, Newark Bay bulk and container port, Newark Liberty International Airport

UPPER NEW YORK BAY points of interest: Brooklyn Piers and Brooklyn Heights, Atlantic Basin, Governors Island, Erie Basin/Red Hook, Gowanus Bay and Canal, Bush Terminal, Hess Terminal, grain elevator, floating, generator plants, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Owls Head sewage treatment plant, Federal Correction Facility, Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Fort Wadsworth/Battery Weed, “Clear Comfort” (Alice Austen House), Edgewater, Sandy Hook Pilots, USCG Homeport, Bay Street Landing/Lyons Pool/Cromwell Pier, Kill van Kull

NORTH RIVER points of interest: ferry terminals, Mother Seton Shrine, Battery Park, Pier A, Battery Park City, Museum of Jewish Heritage, South Cove, North Cove,Winter Garden, Stuyvesant High School, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Christopher Street Pier, Holland Tunnel Ventilator; Canal Street, Pier 40, Fireboat Station, Chelsea Piers Spirit Cruises, retired fireboat JOHN J. HARVEY, tug PEGASUS, retired lightship FRYING PAN, Javits Convention Center, Passenger Ship Terminal, 79th Street Boat basin, Riverside Park, Riverside Church, Grant’s Tomb, Riverbank State Park/Sanitation Plant, Jeffreys Hook (Little Red) Lighthouse, George Washington Bridge, Fort Tryon Park/Cloisters, Spuyten Duyvil, Palisades/Fort Lee, New waterside developments on Jersey side, Port Imperial, retired ferry Binghamton, Stevens Institute of Technology, Erie Lackawanna Ferry Terminal, Railroad car float slips, Colgate-Palmolive Clock, Morris Canal, Central of NJRR Ferry Terminal

Imagine yourself here. Then imagine yourself and your friends here too. Tell the Cap tugster told you.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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