Ghosts of the Seaport

Ghosts of the Seaport, take a tour on the dark side with Boroughs of the Dead

Nautical Ghosts, Vengeful Spirits, Pirates, and Other Waterfront Phantoms

Uncover the haunting secrets of the Seaport’s past on our Ghosts of the Seaport tour!

New York wouldn’t be the city it is without its harbor. Its waters bore witness to its growth over the centuries as one of the leading ports of the world, but also to the darkness that came from its ambition. From the vengeful spirits of legendary pirate captains who were used as pawns in global warfare, to death and starvation aboard the cost-cutting Victorian merchant vessels that lined every pier, growth always has its price to be paid.

On this 90-minute walking tour, you’ll stand beside the iron hull of a 19th century ship that braved the worst weather in the world, see a monument to the lost souls of the Titanic, hear the tales of spiritualists who called them back from their watery graves, and walk down the crooked cobbled streets where bars, dance halls, and rat pits managed by the bloody gangsters of New York’s underworld sprung up to serve the seaport’s transient clientele.

The Seaport has always been a place of constant reinvention. But on this tour, among the slanting shadows of 19th century counting houses and bridges, in the slosh of the water and the brackish smell of its tides, these ghosts of the seaport will always be a part of it.

Tour designed by Silas Costello, lead guide with Boroughs of the Dead, sailor of historic ships, and author of the award-winning gothic fantasy novel Lacrimore and the webcomic Going to Weather, a nautical ghost story set on an 1840s whaleship.

Tour at a Glance
Start Location:

At South Street and Wall Street, past the FDR and along the waterfront. Your guide will be waiting near a sunken platform right next to the river near some work barges.

End Location:

Near Brooklyn Bridge (on the Manhattan side)

Tour Duration:

90 minutes


0.5 miles

Tour Run Dates:

April - May

Important Information


Not currently open for booking, check back soon!

Important Information


  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Cash (or your preferred app, i.e. Venmo) if you want to tip your guide


  • Pets
  • Drugs and/or alcohol
  • Film/photography/recording equipment without prior permission


  • Tours run rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather! (See our advice here)
  • Wear comfortable shoes! Most of our tours are at least a mile in length.
  • In the event of extreme or severe weather conditions, this tour may be amended or postponed; if postponed you will be given a rain check to take another tour at your convenience.
  • There are no bathroom breaks or rest stops on the tour.
  • Tours start on time, so please try to get to the meeting point 15 minutes early to give yourself time to check in and get comfortable before the tour starts.