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Waterford’s Tugboat Roundup celebrates 20 years

September 06, 2019 03:30 PM

WATERFORD – The 20th Waterford Tugboat Roundup is this weekend. The inaugural event docked on September 11, 1999 and with flooding in 2011, it wasn't held -- but it's back.

"For two decades, the Tugboat Roundup has been upstate New York's premier maritime festival, celebrating workboats of all shapes, sizes, and vintages," said Jack Lawler, supervisor of the town of Waterford. "We look forward to again welcoming tugboat enthusiasts to our waterfront and to the Hurst Harbor Center to visit these amazing boats, speak to the crew members who work them, listen to great music, go for a boat tour, and enjoy great activities for the whole family."

Added Waterford's Harbor Master Jeff Cleary: "Waterford is proud to host New York's largest maritime festival. It is the signature event at the Waterford Harbor and exemplifies the hard work and dedication of our local volunteers and Waterford's long standing symbiotic relationship with the maritime community."

The 20th edition begins at 3:30pm Friday afternoon at the Port of Albany. The tugboat parade will feature several tugs including the W.O. Decker of the South Street Seaport, the Coast Guard Cutter Hawser, tugs from the Port of Coeymans, and NYS Marine Highway.
The 2019 Tug of the Year the Mame Faye. The Mame Faye is the only tug to have attended all 20 roundups. Attendees may recall the Mame Fay as the tug that moves the fireworks barge into place, and then back to be unloaded the following day.

Tugboat Roundup is September 6-8 and features tug tours, boat rides, live music, tug talks, children's activities, and fireworks on Saturday night.

MORE INFORMATION: Waterford Tugboat Roundup


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