We said goodbye to a long-time member of the North River Historic Ship Society on Jan 2, 2015. Our board’s treasurer Captain John W. Doswell died after a long illness. John’s wife, Jean made the following statement:


A star has fallen from the sky – a very bright star. John W. Doswell passed away peacefully Friday evening, January 2nd, surrounded by his family. He graced us with his knowledge, wisdom, leadership, and calm loving temperament. The ships of the harbor will sail on because of his influence, but we are immeasurably saddened by this great loss.John Doswell

To every sailor comes time to drop anchor.
Haul in the sails, and make the lines fast.
You deep-water dreamer, your journey is over
You’re safe in the harbor at last.
You’re safe in the harbor at last.

Groups JOHN W. DOSWELL Supported

North River Historic Ship Society — Board Member
Friends of Hudson River Park — Founding Chair
Save Our Ships NY — Board Member
Governers Island Alliance — Founding Board Member
Working Harbor Committee — Executive Director

Articles About JOHN W. DOSWELL

New York Times — “Wedding Announcement
The Villager — “John Doswell, 71, Activist on the Park and on the Waterfront”
Old Salt Blog — “John W. Doswell, The Final Voyage”
Down with Tyranny Blog — “John Doswell, “A Bona Fide Superhero