• May 1 - Governor's Island reopens for the season
  • May 2019 edition of the PORTHOLE posted - 07/17/19
  • New MARITIME NEW YORK compendium of lectures, exhibits, tours and transportation around the Port of New York updated - 6/12/2018


Destinations: Museums, Lectures, Walking Tours and Harbor Outings

Compiled by Ted Scull

New photography exhibit coming soon.

Two-hour harbor excursions aboard the 1885 schooner PIONEER and the newly-refitted 1930 tugboat W. O. DECKER. (Click the BUY TICKETS button on the website for sailing schedule and tickets.) PIONEER sailings: adults $32 and seniors/students $28. W. O. DECKER one-hour cruises and museum admission: adults $35 and seniors/students &29.  Ages 10 and above. (Be sure to read the safety notice.)

GOVERNORS ISLAND – Open until October 31 -  Be sure to click on THINGS TO DO for new activities and programs added throughout the year.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Late-night hours to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Ferries: Battery Maritime Building (adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal) beginning at 10:00 a.m. Also, Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park (at the foot of Atlantic Avenue) on Saturday & Sunday only from 11:00 a.m. Early departures are free. Adults $3. Children under 12 free. IDNYC card holders free. Seniors $1


The fireboat will be at Caddell's Drydock & Ship Repair on Staten Island for much of June for repainting and structural work. Free public trips will be scheduled once a return date has been finalized.


The city-financed ferry system currently operates six routes: Astoria, East River, Lower East Side, Soundview in the Bronx, Rockaway, and South Brooklyn. The one-way fare is $2.75. Bicycles are an additional $1.00. No senior rates for regular trips. The rides make great outings.

Beginning May 20th, the Wall Street - Astoria Route includes a stop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Non-Navy Yard tenants can access the new ferry landing by walking through Building 77, located at Flushing and Vanderbilt Avenues. B57 and B69 buses stop at this intersection, and the closest subway stops are York Street (F), DeKalb Avenue (B, D, N, Q, R, W), Nevins Street (2, 3, 4, 5); Clinton/Washington Avenues (G).

The Brooklyn Navy Yard History Museum is located at Flushing and Carlton Avenues, three blocks west of Building 77; Open Wed-Sun 12-6, admission free, exhibits, café, tours every weekend.

THE WORKING HARBOR COMMITTEE - or 212-757-1600. Cruises to both remote and well-travelled parts of New York Harbor - the Hudson River to view tugboat races, Gowanus Bay and Erie Basin in Brooklyn, and a circumnavigation of Staten Island.

2019 harbor tours are not yet posted. Sign up for the newsletter for the latest information on upcoming tours. See website for illustrated accounts of two recent cruises.

A Selection Of Other Boat Operators And Museums

Daily year-round one-hour cruises from Pier 15, South Street Seaport.
Daily Hop-On Hop-Off cruises from Pier 78 (Hudson River at West 38th Street), and Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan. Click on the link for the departure times and fares.

NEW YORK WATER TAXI or 866-989-2542. Hop-On-Hop Off All Day Access Pass from West 42nd Street (Hudson River) to Battery Park, South Street Seaport and Brooklyn DUMBO.

CIRCLE LINE 212-563-3200. Cruises around Manhattan, Harbor Lights, Music, from Pier 83 (Hudson River at West 43rd Street) and Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport.

NY WATERWAY or 800-533-3779. Ferry services from West 39th Street, Battery Park City, and Pier 11/Wall Street to numerous landings on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River and to Belford in Monmouth County. Also special-event cruises.

THE NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM or 718-390-0040. Located near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at St. George. Self-guided tours, events on site, and harbor cruises to area lighthouses.

THE NOBLE MARITIME COLLECTION or 718-447-6490. Ship Model Gallery, lectures and art exhibits at the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island, NY.  Events include talks, workshops and sea shanty sessions. Public transit access: Staten Island Ferry to St. George, then S40 bus along Richmond Terrace, or S44 bus along Henderson Avenue to the inland entrance.