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Length:  90 minutes
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Ranger walking tour

Boat Tour

America's Frontline

Sights include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Fort Wadsworth, Governors Island & Castle Clinton.


Since the time of the Dutch settlers, the harbor's role as a great commercial port has made it a prize, as well as a target that needs to be defended. This tour takes you on a journey through four centuries of harbor defense, from the building of the first fortifications on the inner-harbor to the Cold War Nike Missile sites of Sandy Hook and the Rockaway Peninsula.

Produced with music and sound effects, The Military History of New York Harbor tour features commentary from Ken Jackson, historian and author of The Encyclopedia of New York City; military historians, Jack Green and Steve Jaffe; and national park rangers among others.

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Learn about Gateway to America Official Tours. For more information, email us at tours@nyharborparks.org.

 

PARTNERS: This tour was created by the Harbor Conservancy and the National Park Service. Some of the music on this tour was provided courtesy of the 1st Brigade Band with the Heritage Military Music Foundation, Barry Phillips on Gourd Music, and David & Ginger Hildebrand with The Colonial Music Institute. Some sound effects are courtesy of Barrington Productions. Special thanks to the Brooklyn Naval Yard Archive and the New York Naval History Museum. America's Frontline is an Antenna Audio production.

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