This was the Hidden Harbor Tour (in Two Parts) July 18, 2009. For over an hour on City of Water Day we took a free tour.
The Promo Says:
Explore the New York Harbor you have never seen before and cannot see except by boat.
On this tour narrated by the Working Harbor Committee, you will be a witness to the part of our harbor that holds and fosters the economic engines that drive more than a quarter of our regional economy.
We depart Governors Island and go south in Buttermilk Channel between Brooklyn & Governors Island, passing Atlantic Basin and the new cruise ship terminal, New York home port of Queen Mary 2. We go further south and nose into Erie Basin, a large barge & tug facility and home to IKEA’s Brooklyn store on the former site of Todd Shipyard and a now filled in graving dock. We see tugs and barges from Reinauer Transportation and more barges from Hughes Brothers.
We then cross Upper New York Harbor, passing numerous moored barges and tugs to the entrance to the Kill Van Kull, a waterway that separates Staten Island and Bayonne. We then go north passing the end of the Military Ocean Terminal with its large active graving dock, then go by Global Marine Terminal just north, continuing up to the Statue of Liberty.
We then go by the tip of Manhattan up the East River to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, with its many graving docks, pass down the Brooklyn waterfront by Brooklyn Bridge Park, and end up at the only container port in Brooklyn, American Stevedoring, before heading back to our berth at Governors Island.