Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard
Located in the Arthur Kill just north of Rossville on Staten Island, the Tugboat Graveyard is an amazing collection of decomposing hulks-- tugboats, rescue tugs, dredging barges, old ferries, and others. Further south, near Charleston, you can find the remnants of all-wood coal barges, which were probably built more than a century ago and scuttled in the early 20th century.
The Short Version: Intermediate kayakers only. 12 ft or longer long kayaks ONLY, and any safety gear - here - at 12:00 pm. Parking is limited at this location, to avoid a long walk we highly recommend attempting to carpool to this event. Finally, please be careful not to block the boat ramp while loading or unloading your kayaks.
Meeting Location: Woodbridge Municipal Park ( map). We will be launching at 12:30pm. (please arrive by 12pm to allow time to unload, prep, and have a short safety briefing.)
Estimated Duration/Milage: While the total distance paddled is likely to be under 5 miles, this trip can take much longer due to the time we spend exploring the graveyard. We will definitely return to the dock before dusk for safety reasons.
No Shuttle Required:This is an up-and-back trip, so no shuttle will be required.
Skill Level: This paddle is classified Intermediate - there are strong currents, and we'll be crossing a shipping channel. You MUST be able to keep up with the group and follow the directions of the Point and Sweep paddlers.
Boat Types/Lengths: Plastic boats 12 feet and over are required since there will likely be a lot of debris in the graveyard.
Cancellation Info: In the event of high winds, thunderstorms, or other emergency we will cancel the event by at least 7:00am the day of the event. You will be notified via this website and email in the event of a cancellation.
Contact Number: [masked] the day of the paddle.
Special Equipment Needed: PFDs are MANDATORY . Spray skirts are recommended, as are bilge pumps, and any safety gear such as paddle floats, marine radios, etc.
Food: We will be eating on the water, please bring a packed lunch in your kayak if you wish to eat with us. Last time we had favorable tides and winds, and were able to lunch inside of a sunken ship.
Additional Information: More information about the launch site and directions can be found ( here). See an overhead satellite view of the graveyard ( here).
Important: The Delaware Valley Kayakers collects no dues and assumes no responsibility. NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while paddling with us. Paddling is an inherently dangerous sport. Information is provided with the understanding that the providers are not engaged in rendering advice on technical matters, equipment performance, safety, or any other aspect of the sport in absolute terms or advocating any of the techniques or experiences described.