North River Historic Ship Festival
Friday, June 20-Tuesday, June 24
Hudson River Park's Pier 25
Hudson River and N. Moore St.
Free boat rides on a tug, a fireboat and a schooner, hands-on tours of museum ships, a circus on a showboat, fishing on the pier, a party on a wooden barge, and more.
Photo © Ann T. Rossetti
The 107-year-old tugboat Pegasus and the retired NYC fireboat John J. Harvey delighted guests with free river trips at last year's festival. They are scheduled to be back again this year.
For the sixth year in a row, the North River Historic Ship Society invites kids of all ages (that means grownups who want to have fun, too) to join us to celebrate our maritime past. Events include free tours of historic ships; free trips on the Hudson River aboard a schooner, a tugboat and a fireboat; a circus on a showboat, pier-side fishing, nautical knot-tying and more.
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For a report on the 2013 festival, click here.
Schedule of Events
|Friday, June 20, 5-8 p.m.
Dockside ship tours. Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge No. 79, tug Pegasus and Lilac. Free.
Saturday, June 21,
Dockside ship tours. Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge No. 79 and Lilac. Free.
Free boat trips on the Hudson River aboard the fireboat John J. Harvey, the tug Pegasus and the schooner Pioneer.
Boat Trips take place on Saturday only. Trips are free but each guest, regardless of age, must have a boarding pass.
Schooner Pioneer – 12 noon, 2 pm, 3:45 pm
Fireboat John J Harvey – 12: 30 pm, 1:45 pm,
3 pm, and 4:15 pm
Tugboat Pegasus - 1 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4 pm
- Advance reservations have sold out, but we will distribute 150 boat-ride tickets on a first come, first-served basis beginning at 11:30 am on Saturday. In past years tickets for all rides were distributed within the first hour.
- Once those are gone, we will set up a standby list. Unclaimed boarding passes will be given to standbys 10 minutes before each trip.
- If you have advance reservations, you must pick up your boarding passes at the North River Historic Ship Society booth 15 minutes before your scheduled departure. Unclaimed boarding passes will be given to standbys 10 minutes before each trip.
Sunday, June 22, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Showboat CIRCUS, Lehigh Valley Barge No. 79. Two performances of “DeadPan Alley, a one-hour, one-man performance of physical comedy, verbal wit and expert skill, starring Will Shaw.
Buy tickets here.
1 -5 p.m.
Fishing, river-critter exploration and knot-tying, alongside and onboard Lilac. Educators from Hudson River Park and the River Project will share local research and fun science activities for families to experience Hudson River wildlife. Lilac crew will offer lessons in the maritime art of knot-tying. Free.
Monday, June 23
Tuesday, June 24, 6-8:30 p.m.
Gala Reception honoring Helena Durst, VP of the Durst Organization and President of New York Water Taxi, with special guest Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, aboard Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge No. 79.
Buy tickets here.
Aerial photo copyright Milo Hess.
Lehigh Valley Barge #79, tug Pegasus, the steamship Lilac, and fireboat John J. Harvey (above, left to right) will offer river trips or dockside tours during the festival, as will the schooner Pioneer, pictured above.
Vessels participating in the festival will include:
- Lehigh Valley Barge No. 79, built in 1914 and celebrating its 100th birthday this year. It is the only surviving wooden railroad barge of its type. Once aboard visitors will see the tools that the longshoremen used when the barge carried cargo, an amazing ball machine that whirls, jumps and plays music via gravity, and a special exhibit, “From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders & Boat Yards.”
- The retired NYC fireboat John J. Harvey, built in 1931 and a 9/11 firefighting hero, looking better than ever after recent major restoration work.
- The 174-foot former Coast Guard lighthouse tender Lilac, built in 1933 and the last steam-powered lighthouse tender in America. Visitors can see crew quarters, heavy-lift cranes and the ship’s amazing triple expansion steam engine. A special exhibit, The Hero Project, a stunning series of photographs of dancers posed aboard historic ships by Jonathan Atkin, hangs throughout the ship.
- The iron-hulled schooner Pioneer, built in 1885 to carry cargo, now carrying passengers on harbor sails. She is owned by South Street Seaport Museum.
- The 107-year-old tug Pegasus, who spent her long career towing barges and docking ships in New York Harbor.
More than 6,000 people have participated in the four North River Historic Ship Festivals held in Hudson River Park since 2009. Adults and kids, from West Side neighbors to international visitors, have come to explore antique ships, take boat rides on the river and learn how ships like these made New York one of the greatest ports in the world. We expect another 1,500 people to join us again this year. Scenes from previous festivals are below.
|The festival is made possible by the North River Historic Ship Society in cooperation with the Hudson River Park Trust and Friends of Hudson River Park.