And the winners are....

The Tugboat Roundup ends each year with a closing ceremony to recognize the Tug of the Year and other award recipients. Here are the 2019 awardees:

Tug of the Year: Mame Fay, NYSMH

Youth Line Toss , Third Place: Alex Kelts   

Youth Line Toss, 2nd Place: Colton Walker

Youth Line Toss,  1st Place: Dustin Walker

Junior Line Toss, 1st Place: Elsie Stalker

Pro’s Line Throw, 3rd Place: Wendy Range of the John J Harvey

Pro’s Line Throw, 2nd Place: Mike Kahler of NYSMH

Pro’s Line Throw, 1st Place: John Browne of John J Harvey

Mini  Push Off, 2nd Place: Bath  (Crew Lanaan)

Mini Push Off, 1st Place: Atlantic Hunter II (Ben Grudinskas)  

Tug Push Off, 2nd Place: Benjamin Elliott

Tug  Push Off, 1st Place: WO Decker

Little Toot Award: Ko–Hog, “Obie”  John O’Brien)

 Best Vintage: WO Decker

 People’s Choice: WO Decker

Best In Show: Sarah D

Chief Paul E Norton: John J Harvey, given to the boat engaged in exceptional public service, rescue

 Bart Brake Lifetime Achievement: Art Cohn of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, given to the individual who has significantly contributed to the history, promotion and use of Inland Waterways of NYS.

TBR Trivia Champs: Team Hardest Way Possible

Boat Rides at the Roundup

Tugboat Roundup Boat Tours

There are three options for boat rides at TBR!

The Caldwell Belle is an authentic sternwheel paddleboat providing river cruises on the Hudson throughout Tugboat Roundup weekend. Cruises leave about every 45 minutes. Tickets and boarding are at the battery (east end of festival). $10/adult, $5/child.

The W.O. Decker is the last surviving New York-built wooden tugboat. 45 minutes rides on the Decker are at 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm on Saturday and at 10:30am and 1:30pm on Sunday. Passengers must be at least 8 years old. Tickets are $20/person, available at the Decker Tent, in front of the gangway near the Harbor Center. Credit cards are accepted.

Hudson View River Cruises’ pontoon tour boat is available to do Lock tours through Lock 2. This boat has a 6 person capacity. Tours will leave every 30 to 40 minutes. Tickets are $10/adult, $5/child, sold on board. Boat loads just right of the gangway.

Albany to Waterford! Watch the Tugboat Parade

2019 Tugboat Roundup starts with a Tug Parade! The parade begins in Albany and proceeds north to Waterford. There are a number of great vantage points along the way. See below!

All times are approximate. Live updates will be shared on Facebook and Twitter (@tugboatroundup)

3:30
USS Slater
Broadway and Quay Streets
Albany, NY 12202


Prior to the tugboat parade would be a great time to visit the USS Slater. The John J Harvey is expected to be alongside, then all boats will muster and head up the Hudson River.

Note: There is an admission fee and the USS Slater closes at 4pm. Arrive early to tour the ship before the parade.

3:40
Jennings Landing and Riverfront Park at the Corning Preserve
1 Quay St
Albany, NY 12207

4:10
Mohawk Hudson Bikeway
Fourth Street Parking Lot
Watervliet, NY

4:30
Hudson Shores Park
Watervliet, NY

4:40
Troy Riverfront Park
River St.
Troy, NY

4:40
Dinosaur BBQ
River St.
Troy, NY

4:55
Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch
Ingalls Ave
Troy, NY

5:40
105th Street Riverfront Park
Troy, NY

5:50
112 Street Bridge, Between Cohoes and Waterford
From bridge, or small park on north side of Bridge in Lansingburgh

6:00
Peebles Island
Overhang deck behind pavilion on east side of the island

6 - 6:30
Waterford Harbor
Watch the boats come into port!

TBR20 Tugboat Trolley!

This year the Tugboat Roundup will feature a trolley! Follow the signs for to our satellite parking lot and take the trolley to either festival drop off point; Lock 2 or the Hurst Harbor Center. Take a break from the festivities and take the trolley over to Corcoran’s Towpath Tavern and back again! The trolley will stop at each location about every 20 minutes from 10am to 10pm on Saturday, 9/7/19.

tug trolley.jpg

Help us thank our sponsors!

The Tugboat Roundup is supported by a number of organizations and individuals from the maritime, or Waterford, community. Sometimes both!

We couldn’t put on Tugboat Roundup without their support. One of the best ways to thank them, and to let them know their sponsorship is working for them, if for you to check them out.

Take a few minutes to look at our sponsor page and click on any of the sponsors you’d like to learn a little more about! When they see those clicks coming in from the Tugboat Roundup page, they’ll know that their sponor dollars are being put to good use.

Click here to see our sponsors.

The Tugboat Roundup is 20!

2019 promises to be a banner year for the Tugboat Roundup as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. It’s also the 20th Roundup! Typically a 20th anniversary would fall on the 21st event, however the 2011 Tugboat Roundup was canceled in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Although a small group of TBR enthusiasts gathered at Lock 2, along with a number of boats and their crews that were stranded due to damage to the canal system. There were three tugs, a very small parade, and plenty of congeniality. So whether or not that gathering can be counted as a Roundup continues to be debated.

Check back here as we update the schedule, sponsors, and other #TBR20 news!

TBR20 LOGO  large jpeg.jpg

Parking at the Tugboat Roundup

Parking is available at satellite parking lots and shuttles will take you to and from the festival, or you can walk the half mile or so.

Once you get to Waterford follow the signs for festival parking. 

You can also park on village streets, but please be courteous. Tugboat Roundup takes place in a residential neighborhood. Drive slowly, watch for children, don’t block driveways. Thank you!

Have a great time at the Roundup!

IMG_1222.JPG

2018 TBR Schedule

Friday, September 7th

2:30pm Tugs muster in Albany for the Tugboat Parade

4pm to 7pm Live music with George Ward at the Visitor Center

5:15pm to 5:45pm Tugboat Parade reaches Waterford

7pm to 9pm Live music with All Nite Long

 

Saturday, September 8th

All day: Docked tugs open for tours, paddle wheel tour boat rides hourly (fee), vendors

10am to 4pm: Whispering Willow Wild Care at Lock 2

10am to 4pm: Waterford Fire Department Fire Safety Obstacle Course at Lock 2

10am to 11am Tug Talk: The Sinking of the Tug Annex, presented by Russ Vandervoort of the Waterford Canal and Towpath Society

11am to 2pm Live music with Flood Road on the Grand Erie

11:30am to 12:30pm Tug Talk: Tugboating 101 presented by Rob Goldman of NYS Marine Highway

11:30 Kayaking 4 Meso kayakers come through the flight

12pm - 5pm Pony rides at Lock 2

12pm to 7pm Bouncy Bounce at Lock 2

1pm - Music and Entertainment with Mark Rust at Lock 2

1pm - 3pm Safe Child ID Card Program at Lock 2

2pm Tug of the Year Ceremony

2:15pm: TugTalk: HarveyTug Talk The Saving of a Hero, Huntley Gill, John J Harvey

3:15pm to 5pm Live music with Double D on the Grand Erie

3pm - Music and Entertainment with Mark Rust at Lock 2

5:30pm to 8:30pm Live music with Joe Lowry on the Grand Erie

7:15 Renaming and Dedication of the Harbor Center 

8:30pm Fireworks ✨

 

Sunday, September 9th

All day: Docked tugs open for tours, paddle wheel tour boat rides hourly (fee), vendors

9am - Tug Chug 5K starts at Lock 2

10am to 1pm: Waterford Fire Department Fire Safety Obstacle Course at Lock 2

11am - 3pm Pony rides at Lock 2

11am – 12pm  Tug Talk: Tug Urger; workboat to flagship Preservation League

12pm - 2pm Safe Child ID Card Program at Lock 2

12pm to 4pm Bouncy Bounce at Lock 2

12:15 Line Tossing/Cleat Wrapping at the Battery

1pm to 3:30pm Live music with Boys of Wexford

3:30pm Awards Ceremony in front of the Grand Erie

463684_268209489931376_1078006440_o.jpg

Boats of the 2018 Tugboat Roundup

Tugboat Roundup is right around the bend! Here is a list of this year's expected vessels. 

Fireboat John J Harvey

Gowanus Bay

Golden Re’al

Other Office V  

Blue Dolphin 

USCGC Hawser (WYTL-65610)

Barnacle II  

Thimble  - mini-tug

Endurance 

Lisa Ann

Mame Faye

8th Sea

Margot

Ben Elliott

Caldwell Belle

Grand Erie

Shoofly Pie (1941 Army Tug from NYC)

Spirit of Albany

Otter 

PLEASE NOTE: Many of these boats are working tugs and schedules, and actual boats in attendance, may change.

jjh old.jpg

Getting Around Tugboat Roundup

The Tugboat Roundup takes place along a half mile of the Erie Canal, above and below Lock E2. There's lots to see and do!

Click this link if you need directions to the festival. 

Once you get to the festival you may be looking for particular attractions and events. See the map below to navigate around. 

Lock 2  ·         Kids' events  ·         Kids' performances  ·         Boats  ·         Farmers Market  Visitor Center  ·         T-Shirt sales  ·         Tug Talks  ·         Information  Visitor Center Area  ·         Live music  ·         Vendors  ·         Boat Rides  ·         Tug tours (docked)  Battery  ·         Fireboat John J. Harvey  ·         Line tossing competition  ·         Vendors  ·         Kayak rentals

Lock 2

·         Kids' events

·         Kids' performances

·         Boats

·         Farmers Market

Visitor Center

·         T-Shirt sales

·         Tug Talks

·         Information

Visitor Center Area

·         Live music

·         Vendors

·         Boat Rides

·         Tug tours (docked)

Battery

·         Fireboat John J. Harvey

·         Line tossing competition

·         Vendors

·         Kayak rentals

The Tug of Year is....

The Fireboat John J. Harvey has been named as 2018’s Tug of the Year for the 19th annual Tugboat Roundup. While not actually a tug, the Fireboat John J. Harvey, is fierce workhorse and well deserving of the honor. 

John J. Harvey was built and launched in 1931, and served the City of New York and New York Harbor as an active fireboat until she retired in 1994. She was destined for the scrapyard after retirement, but saved and restore by a group of dedicated volunteers. 

On 9/11/01 the John J Harvey was called back into service and pumped water for 80 hours until water mains in lower Manhattan were restored to service.  

We've had the honor of having the Harvey join us for previous Roundups, and other visits to Waterford and we are thrilled to honor her this year. The Harvey will be the star of the Tugboat Parade on Friday, September 7 and open for tours at the Roundup on September 8th.  

For more information on the John J Harvey, visit their website: www.1931fireboat.org.

 

 The Harvey is capable of pumping 18,000 gallons per minute

 The Harvey is capable of pumping 18,000 gallons per minute

The John J Harvey has been dazzled! This summer, multidisciplanary artist Tauba Auerbach, evoking the DAZZLE camaflouge patterns painted on WWI and WWII vessels to confuse enemy U-boats, has unveiled New York's own 21st-century dazzle ship;  John J. Harvey.  

The John J Harvey has been dazzled! This summer, multidisciplanary artist Tauba Auerbach, evoking the DAZZLE camaflouge patterns painted on WWI and WWII vessels to confuse enemy U-boats, has unveiled New York's own 21st-century dazzle ship; John J. Harvey.