Hidden Harbor Tours®: Staten Island Boat Tour
A Hidden Harbor Tour® behind the scenes of this great island with Mitch Waxman of Newtown Creek Alliance & Gordon Cooper, WHC Board Member & Maritime Consultant
Our route will carry us up the busy Kill Van Kull, with the oil terminals and factories of Bayonne on one side and the maritime industrial North Shore of Staten Island on the other. We will pass by floating dry docks and tugboat ports, and then pass under the Bayonne Bridge. The Shooters Island Bird Sanctuary and the wooden ruins of a coaling station will be next.
The dock at Sailors Snug Harbor. Photo courtesy of and copyrighted by Phyllis Featherstone, 2013.
Our captain will then guide us into the busy Arthur Kill waterway. We will pass Global Terminal (formerly NYCT) where the age of cargo box shipping began in 1956, and then we will see the newly rebuilt Goethals Bridge, a railroad lift bridge, and the Outerbridge Crossing. We will head all the way back to Fresh Kills, and see what’s left of the Rossville Ships Graveyard. On the New Jersey side of the waterway, you’ll see power plants and oil refineries as well as several smaller bridges.
On the Staten Island side, as we approach Fresh Kills, our halfway point on the journey, watch for bald eagles and other birds of prey rising out of the tidal wetlands and hunting for dinner. We will then begin our journey back to Pier 11, pausing at the Statue of Liberty for photo ops.
Goethals Bridge and Global Terminal. Photo courtesy of and copyright Mitch Waxman, 2014.
The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs atsharp. Boarding begins at from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouverneur Lane. Snack bar on board.
Bering Dawnassisting the Great Lakes dredge. Photo courtesy of and copyright by Phyllis Featherstone, 2013.
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