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Humpback Whales Dramatic Return to New York Waters

In 2009, a humpback whale sighting in New York Bay was a surprise. In 2011, there were 5 whales sighted over the course of the season. By 2012, there were 25 whales sighted, then 43 whales in 2013, and in … Continue reading

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After a Brutal Winter, a Late Season for “Floaters”

April is usually the month for “floaters” in New York harbor.  This year, after a particularly brutal winter, most seem to be popping up in May.  “Floaters” are the bodies of the dead who ended up in the harbor over … Continue reading

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Two Dead Whales in Less Than a Month in New York Harbor

Fin and sei whale are not usually seen in New York’s upper harbor, yet in a period of less than a month, two have made an appearance. Unfortunately, both were dead, pinned to the bows of ships. On the April 12th, … Continue reading

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Dead Fin Whale Arrives in New York Harbor on Bow of Container Ship

Whale sightings in and around New York harbor are getting less and less unusual. Unfortunately, the most recent sighting was of a dead fin whale caught on the bow of a container ship near Port Elizabeth. A necropsy is being … Continue reading

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Sixth Annual City of Water Day in New York Harbor – Saturday July 20th

This weekend, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance City of Water Day will be sponsoring celebrations and activities all around the harbor.  Festivities will be held at Governor’s Island, New York and in Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side as well at 25 … Continue reading

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M/Y Eclipse, the World’s Largest Yacht, in New York Harbor

In October 2009, we posted “Rich Men’s Toys – Battleships, Helipads & Submarines,” about several mega-yachts, including the world’s largest, Roman Abramovich’s 557 feet (170 meters) M/Y Eclipse.  The yacht arrived in New York harbor this week and is now tied up … Continue reading

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Storm Surge Barriers for New York Harbor? Would They Do Enough?

Rotterdam, London, St. Petersburg, and Toyko all have storm surge barriers to protect low-lying areas from flooding.  In the United States, Stamford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; and New Bedford, Massachusetts all have storm barriers.  Should New York, which suffered significant flooding two years in a … Continue reading

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Old Orchard Shoals Light Swept Away by Superstorm Sandy

The United States Coast Guard Notice to Mariners reads simply – Old Orchard Shoals Light  STRUCT DEST. The Old Orchard Shoals Light was built in 1893 in New York’s outer harbor off Staten Island near Great Kills Beach. The 51-foot tall cast … Continue reading

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The Oyster – Environmental Hero in New York and a Criminal in New Jersey

Recently a number of newspapers have run an Associated Press article  titled, “New York’s new environmental ‘hero’ – the oyster.”  The article describes how researchers are reseeding oysters in New York harbor   Each oyster can filter about 50 gallons of water a … Continue reading

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Red Hook Maritime Art & Artifacts for Sale at PortSide NY Fundraiser, Thursday 8/23/12

If you are anywhere near New York harbor this Thursday, Redhook is the place to be. PortSide NY is vacating its pop-up office/gallery and is selling a fascinating range of art and artifacts. Paintings, photographs and illustrations by contemporary artists … Continue reading

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City of Water Day in New York Harbor!

The City of New York is a city of islands, large and small, floating in a vast harbor and waterway. Only one of the five boroughs is on the mainland and that even borough, the Bronx, is on a peninsula, with water on three sides. … Continue reading

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The El Estero Fire – the Greatest Nautical Disaster that Didn’t Happen

Bowsprite was kind enough to pass along this forgotten moment in history, which fits in well with recent posts.  Like the case of the Liberty ship SS Richard Montgomery, it involves a ship loaded with high explosives and like the apparent “Blind Date” hoax, … Continue reading

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Clipper Round the World Fleet Arrives in New York Harbor, Unofficially

The ten boat fleet of the Clipper Round the World Race will officially and formally arrive in New York harbor on Sunday, June 3rd to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  As Sir Robin Knox-Johnston sails the Suhaili, the 32ft yacht on which he became … Continue reading

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OpSail New York – Parade of Sail

The fleet began to appear from the harbor haze around 9 AM and headed north up the inner harbor and the Hudson River. They were a mix of full rigged ships, barques, barquentines, topsail schooners and schooners.  Most were naval vessels, but … Continue reading

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OpSail Fleet in New York’s Outer Harbor

Last night I went out to see some of the participating OpSail tall ships in New York’s Outer Harbor.  The trip was organized by the Working Harbor Committee with commentary provided by Richard Taylor and Captain Richard Dorfman.  Click on the … Continue reading

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Barque Picton Castle Arrives in New York Harbor

On an overcast Tuesday morning, the Barque Picton Castle sailed into New York harbor and tied up at Pier 25 just before the rain set in.  under the watchful eye of Captain Daniel Moreland, the crew of mostly young men and women brought … Continue reading

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No City for Old Tankers – Mary A. Whalen in the New York Times

There are over five hundred miles of waterfront in New York harbor. The Mary A. Whalen only needs around 200 feet of it to tie up, yet for the last six years, the historic tanker and PortSide New York, the non-profit educational … Continue reading

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Update: Capsize of the Katherine G off Liberty Island in New York Harbor

On Friday morning, we posted about the capsize of the “tugboat” Katherine G, off Liberty Island  in New York harbor.  It turns out that the Katherine G is not  tugboat in the conventional sense.  Will Van Dorp at the tugster blog calls it … Continue reading

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Videorays – the Submarine Drones of New York Harbor

New York harbor was the sight of the first use of a submersible in combat.  On September 6, 1776, Eza Lee in command of the Turtle, a one man submersible designed by David Bushnell, attempted and failed to sink Admiral Richard Howe’s flagship HMS Eagle.   Today, modern … Continue reading

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Party in the Harbor for Lady Liberty & Liberty Enlightening the World Wide Web

Today is the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.   The colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York harbor was designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886 as a gift to America from … Continue reading

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