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The Drunk Guy, the Stolen Skiff, the Ferry Terminal & the Illusion of Security

Last Thursday evening, a man described as being extremely drunk, stole a skiff in Bayonne, NJ, and drove it across New York harbor to Staten Island. He docked the boat in a slip at the St. George Staten Island Ferry … Continue reading

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Simulator Training at Fort Schuyler for NYC Ferry Captains

Captains on the new Citywide Ferry service in New York harbor are receiving training on a state-of-the-art simulator at SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schyler.

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Black Tom — 100 Years Ago Today, the Night New York Harbor Exploded

At around 2 a.m. on the Sunday morning of July 30, 1916, one hundred years ago today, explosions on Black Tom Island rocked New York harbor. The blasts lit the night sky and shook the earth with the force of … Continue reading

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Mystery Longshoremen Walkout Briefly Shuts Down N.J. & N.Y. Piers

On Friday, more 4,000 longshoremen walked off the job shutting down piers and container terminals in New York and New Jersey. By Saturday, the most longshoreman had returned to work. Strangely, no one seems to know why the wildcat strike … Continue reading

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l’Hermione at NYC’s South Street Seaport, Open to the Public Thursday

This morning, the replica French frigate l’Hermione arrived in New York harbor and was welcomed  by American and French officials, led by French Minister Ségolène Royal and Mayor of Rochefort Hervé Blanché at Pier 15  at the South Street Seaport on the … Continue reading

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Fleet Week 2015 in New York Harbor

Fleet Week 2015 kicked off with with a parade of three U.S. Navy ships, four U.S. Naval Academy yard patrol boats, and two U.S. Coast Guard cutters. More than 1,800 servicemen and women are participating, and activities and events will … Continue reading

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New Jersey Oyster Madness

In the east side of New York harbor, the New York State side, the lowly oyster is a hero.  Not only will restored oyster beds help filter and clean the water of the harbor, they could also play a critical … Continue reading

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Sail On: The Story of Lettie G Howard

Here is a short video by the Harbor School, a public high school located on Governors Island in New York harbor.  The school’s mission is to “provide a college-preparatory education built upon New York City’s maritime experience that instills in students … Continue reading

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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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