• June 2019 edition of the PORTHOLE posted - 08/07/19
  • MARITIME NEW YORK compendium of lectures, exhibits, tours and transportation around the Port of New York updated - 9/8/2018


Destinations: Museums, Lectures, Walking Tours and Harbor Outings

Compiled by Ted Scull

New photography exhibit coming soon.

Harbor excursions aboard the 1885 schooner PIONEER have been suspended for the 2019 season because of necessary maintenance work. However, through September the newly-refitted 1930-built wooden tugboat W. O. DECKER will operate one-hour cruises that include museum admission: adults $35 and seniors/students $29.  Ages 10 and above. (Click the BUY TICKETS button on the website for expanded sailing schedule and tickets.)

The tug’s route includes the Battery, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Upper New York Bay, and Buttermilk Channel between Brooklyn and Governors Island.

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 historic 1931 fireboat spent much of the summer at Caddell's Drydock & Ship Repair on Staten Island for painting and structural work. In September she will be sailing down the Hudson River after a visit to the Tug Roundup in Waterford, NY. Public trips are scheduled on September 12 from Albany to Rhinecliff and Kingston, and on September 15 from Rhinecliff and Kingston to Poughkeepsie, and on to Pier 66 North River, Manhattan. See the website for details.s


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.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - Hudson River Boat Tour. Expert speakers will narrate the cruise as we view the Little Red Lighthouse at Jeffrey’s Hook, Ambrose Lightship, Frying Pan Lightship, Lilac Lighthouse Tender and the Tarrytown Light. Presenters will also note significant New York City sites and relate historic tales. The magnificent Palisades is an added attraction and if Mother Nature is kind, we may be treated to some early Fall foliage. For complete information and to register, click on the link above. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - Haunted Lighthouse Boat Tour and Party.  Join us for a special Halloween Lighthouse Boat Tour and celebration! We will cruise up the East River through Hell’s Gate recalling haunted tales of lighthouses along the way and other points of spooky interest. Hear about the haunting river stories on the way to Execution Rocks Light and dance our way back down the river. There will be a DJ for entertainment, a buffet dinner, raffles, awards for best maritime and creepy costumes and all the fun you can stand! For complete information and to register, click on the link above.

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.