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!

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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

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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.

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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.