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!

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!

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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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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.