On Tuesday, I went on the Working Harbor Commitee's excellent Hidden Harbor(r) Newark Bay tour aboard the Zephyr. We had perfect weather, and I had my own personal tour guide--my friend the amazing artist Bowsprite, who knows just about every boat in the harbor.
I've seen most of these places in my kayak or from the shore, but it was a unique perspective, from on board a fast ship, and an excellent trip. We left South Street Seaport:
And headed out past the Red Hook Container Terminal:
where we saw a ship coming in to unload:
The tour then enters the Erie Basin:
We then crossed over toward Staten Island, passing more ships along the way:
And the surreal looking Bayonne Golf Club:
The trip then enters the Kill Van Kull, "the area's busiest waterway", which runs between Staten Island and Bayonne.
We then passed under the Bayonne bridge:
And entered Newark Bay, and passed by container ports:
They were dredging the area deeper as we went by:
We headed back north as the sun was setting:
All in all, a great trip which I highly recommend!
Click on any picture for a larger version; many more photos here.