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Maritime History Comes Alive



The Waterford Tugboat Roundup – where maritime history comes alive, this September 11th, 12th & 13th, 2015.

The Tugboat Roundup is an end of summer celebration of inland waterways and the history they played.  In particular, the tugboats which pushed and pulled that commerce through the 20th century on the inland waterways of New York State. For one weekend each year, Waterford’s historic waterfront is transformed back into a rendering of its commercial heyday during which names like Godfrey, Coyne, Bushey, Matton, Kehoe, and Cowles figured so prominently. Tugs new and old moor stem to stern for adulation and education, enchanting the young and reminding the young at heart of days gone by.

Come enjoy a boat show, kid's events with more things to do, tours of tug-boats and rides on the river. There are clowns and face-painters.  Watch a puppet show, take a ride on a pony or jump in the bouncy bounce. Tugboats will face-off on Saturday and Sunday, competing with raw strength and piloting skills.  Deckhands will toss heavy lines and "show you how it's done." There are tour boat rides on the Hudson and through the locks. And then - the Saturday night Fireworks are legendary - easily half an hour long! In addition to tours of the vessels and other displays, there is an ample supply of music, food, vendors and family fun.

Throughout the Weekend, all events are free, although boat rides do have a nominal charge.  Boat tickets are available at their docks. 

For more information and complete schedule of events, go online to www.tugboatroundup.com.

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