Untapped Cities is very excited to announce our latest adventure, a Tour of New York City’s Maritime History in Manhattan! This latest experience, created by our expert tour guides Justin Rivers and Mandy Edgecombe, will reveal the nautical past of the city through visits to historic sites and stories of famous seafarers. Tickets are on sale now for the first tour this Saturday, December 22nd. Check out highlights and photos from the tour below.

Tour of NYC’s Maritime History


  • Explore the early Dutch era maritime history through the stories of infamous sea captains Adrian Block and William Kidd
  • Walk the less-charted trail along the historic east side slips including Old Slip and Coenties
  • Learn about New York’s old buried ships on both the Hudson and East River shores and New York’s old floating churches
  • Discover other related sites including the International Merchant Marine Building, The Cunard Building, the Alexander Hamilton Custom House and a stop at the stunning Merchant Marine Memorial by the historic Pier A building
  • Visit South Street Seaport for the history of this unique museum, its historic ships and unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline


  • Price: $35
  • What to know: This tour is approximately 2-hours long and is completely outdoors. The tour will end at the South Street Seaport.
  • What to wear: Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes!

Tour of NYC’s Maritime History


New York is New York because of its situation on one of the world’s best harbors. For the first three and half centuries of its life, this city was defined and sustained by its maritime operations. However, in the past few decades most of the 8 million people who call New York City home or the 60 million people who visit annually barely even give a second thought to the harbor, bays, rivers, or boats that used to define and supply this popular set of islands. New York’s maritime roots are often overlooked and ignored. Take a journey back through lower Manhattan with Untapped Cities guides Justin Rivers and Mandy Edgecombe to experience New York as the world’s greatest ports of call.


“The leaders of the tour were excellent, well-versed and very engaging. The topic was intriguing and they brought it to life…. I’ve been downtown a long time and knew or vaguely knew some things, but, boy, I learned a lot more today. And yet with Justin and Mandy I feel we just scratched the surface. So, if there is repeat or Maritime History NYC Walking Tour 201 (or a repeat of 101), sign me up.” -Member of the American Marine Underwriters

Tour of NYC’s Maritime History


Tour of NYC’s Maritime History

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