Music, boat rides, walk-through’s of working tugboats, food vendors, arts, crafts, kid’s activities, and fireworks are just some of what visitors can expect at the 16th annual Tugboat Roundup in Waterford the weekend after Labor Day, September 11, 12 and 13th.
The event highlights the region’s heritage in inland waterborne commerce and is well known for gathering tugboats from throughout the Northeast along the canal wall in Waterford near their famous flight of locks at the entrance to the Erie Canal.
A 50 year old tugboat, specifically designed to push barges on the Canals of New York State, has been named Tug of the Year for the 2015 Waterford Tugboat Roundup.
The Cheyenne is still working the Northeast and is currently on the Great Lakes. It has been working its to Waterford on the Oswego and Erie Canals.
The boat operates year around for it’s current owners, DonJon Marine, of Hillside, NJ. The boat has been in their stewardship since 2009 and just left a four-month shipyard refit in New York harbor.
Cheyenne is described as a canaller type tug, sporting a telescoping pilothouse which offers visibility over a barge being pushed ahead, while still providing clearance beneath the bridges on the canals and in the New Jersey channels off the Hudson River.
Powered by an 1,800 hp Fairbanks-Morse diesel, the boat was built in 1965 at the Bushey Shipyards in Brooklyn for Red Star Lines. It was later acquired by Spentonbush Towing, then Amerada Hess, Empire Harbor and finally, DonJon Marine.
The Roundup event bestows the honorary Tug of the Year title to a different boat each year, typically one that brings its own unique history to the event.
The Tugboat Roundup is sponsored by the Town of Waterford.