However, to this day my interest in ships, boating, and a life on the ocean waves has never completely gone away, hence my nine hour outing up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain, and my participation on the Brooklyn Hidden Harbor tour organized by the New York based Working Harbor Committee.
Billed as a tour examining “
Ongoing commentary was provided by Captain John Doswell (Working Harbor Committee), Venetia Lannon (Sr, Vice President, Maritime, of the New York City Economic Development Corporation), and several other people who had an extensive working knowledge of the waterways surrounding
Venetia Lannon in particular, spoke often about the competing interests fighting over the development of vast swathes of
Image: The tall ship
Our journey began at Pier 16 at the
After boarding the Zephyr, we headed out into
Image: The start of something big – high rise apartments on the
In short order, here are just some of the tour highlights: Brooklyn Port Authority Piers (soon to become part of the new Brooklyn Bridge Park); the Fulton Ferry Landing, where Robert Fulton began the first ferry service in 1642; American Stevedoring (Brooklyn's only container port); Atlantic Basin (along with Howland Hook in Staten Island), one of only two cargo-handling docks left in the New York City; PortSide NewYork (a waterfront hub in Atlantic Basin with visiting historic vessels, charter and excursion boats, and a rest area for workboats); Erie Basin, so named as it was the southern terminus of the barge trade traffic that extended up the Hudson River through the Erie canal and west to the Great Lakes.
On we cruised to
Image: Ships and barges at anchorage in
We passed Robbins Reef Lighthouse, whose most famous Keeper was widow Kate Walker. From 1886 to 1919, she kept the light burning and raised two children, rowing them to school on
I’ve already booked for the Working Harbor of New York and New Jersey tour, featuring the giant container ports in
A repeat of the
- The tour vessel is the Zephyr, a large, luxurious excursion vessel
- The Zephyr is wheelchair accessible on the first deck, including heads (bathrooms)
- Tour price ($29.00, concessions available) includes 1 free domestic beer, wine or soft drink
- Hot dogs, pretzels, chips and nachos available for purchase
- Parking lots and metered parking is available at the Seaport
- Narration is generally by Capt. John Doswell and guests from the maritime industry
Since the Zephyr has at least two decks that are entirely enclosed and safe from the elements, it is my understanding that tours take place, rain, hail or shine!