The News from New York (updated 7/20/99)...

CBS Radio News reports that Governor Whitman has launched a 733 (m) million dollar dredging project to deepen New Jersey harbor channels. The project will allow the Kill Van Kull and the navigational lane through Newark Bay to accommodate new super-freighters which can haul twice as many containers as a standard freighter but require 52 feet of channel depth. That's 12 feet more than Newark Bay can handle now.

It has also been reported that Mayor Giuliani is banning sightseeing seaplanes from using the East River piers for aerial tours of the city beginning on August 1st. He says the tourist seaplane service is too noisy. How about the heliports Rudy? Can you hear the helicopters?

Peking's Masts

      New York's South Street Seaport Museum will open an exhibition of photographs from the New York City's Municipal Archives entitle "A New Waterfront for a New Century on May 29th in the Museum's Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street. The exhibition will include photographs taken between 1890 and 1920 which have never before been exhibited.

      Gideon Rosen, at Chelsea Piers Yacht Charters, tells us that he is already booking charters for next years OpSail 2000 and that he still has a few charters available for the Millenium New-Years-Eve celebration. People seem to be making plans for these two events well ahead of time...

Moran Tug

      Those of us who are used to seeing tugs from New York's big three companies (Moran, McAllister and Turecamo) will have to adjust our expectations. Since Moran bought Turecamo last summer they have been repainting the Turecamo tugs from Turecamo-tan to Moran-red and mounting the Moran-"M" on their stacks. McAllister tugs are the same color but have double candy stripes near the tops of their stacks. I suppose it makes identification easier but I'll miss the variety...

Ventura's Return

      The Herreshoff s/v Ventura returned to New York Harbor on May 9th from it's winter berth in Patchogue, Long Island. Captain Pat told us that they had a fine trip despite being slowed a little by fog in the Great South Bay. Ventura will be joined by m/v Jubilee, within about ten days.

      Fleet Week in New York Harbor begins May 26th at 11AM with a parade of military ships and planes up the Hudson. If you're transiting the parade route that day you'd better expect a delay!

      Planning continues for the 33rd Annual Mayor's Cup Race for Schooners and Classic Yachts which will be held in New York Harbor on September 17th and 18th.
      Nancy Swiezy, of the Starboard Watch Committee, notes that last year's 12-Meter fleet included Intrepid, twice winner of the America's Cup (1967 & 1970); Weatherly, winner of the America's Cup in 1962; and American Eagle, Ted Turner's famous champion.
      The 12-Meter yachts can be chartered by sailing clubs for the race. For additional information contact Laney Salisbury (, Nancy Swiezy ( or David Rosenstock, South Street Seaport Museum Race Coordinator, ph. (212) 748-8738.

      See you on the water!

the editor


From Gwen Billig on Monday, August 9, 1999 at 11:43:39

The historic sailing yacht Ventura ( is planning 2 sails, Aug. 15th & 22nd, to see passenger ships enter New York Harbor. The sails will depart North Cove Marina at the World Financial Center in Battery Park City. For reservations call 212.912.1192 or email


From editor on Friday, August 6, 1999 at 08:42:46

Royal Caribbean pleads guilty

MIAMI (AP 8/6/99) - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. pleaded guilty Thursday to dumping oil and hazardous chemicals in U.S. waters off Florida and then lying about it to the Coast Guard. The plea was one of several that Royal Caribbean agreed to in July to settle charges that it secretly polluted the coastal waters of the United States. Under the national plea deal, the Miami-based cruise line agreed to pay a record $18 million criminal fine and plead guilty to 21 felony counts in five U.S. cities and in Puerto Rico. The Miami court hearing is the third in which Royal Caribbean, the second-largest cruise line in the industry, pleaded guilty.


From the editor on Sunday, August 1, 1999 at 21:55:43

The entire staff of SailNorthEast took Ventura's "Bring Your Own Brunch" on Sunday, August 1st to celebrate a birthday. We really enjoyed ourselves. Here's a contact sheet from the excursion, including some shots of Pioneer going wing & wing. Click Here!


From George on Thursday, July 22, 1999 at 07:47:48

In an article in the New York Times On The Web (July 22, 1999) Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the world's second-largest cruise ship line was reported to have pled guilty to routinely dumping oil and hazardous chemicals from nine ships in coastal waters around the United States. The company admitted it had dumped toxic solvents in New York Harbor.

A statement signed by the company's president said that the Song of America, one of the ships, visited the Port of New York weekly in the summer and fall of 1994 and 1995, and drained about 50 gallons each week from the photo labs, including silver nitrate, which is toxic, and 20 gallons a month from the dry-cleaning shop, including perchlorethylene, which is also toxic.


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