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Last year, The Bronx won the Little Toot award at the 19th annual Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition. It’s not difficult to see why. Reminiscent of childhood memories of Little Toot, the tiny tug seems barely large enough to hold the crew onboard, never mind push thousands of tons of cargo up and down the Great North River.
The Bronx began her working life as Viking, plying the waters of the Hudson. A few years ago, Robert and Lucy Apuzzo purchased the tiny 25 foot tug, after seeing the little toot tied up on Westchester Creek. Since, they have been lovingly restoring her to her former glory – to preserve and share her rich maritime history.
Viking. photo: Robert Apuzzo via tugster
As so aptly put by blogger Krista Madsen/Mom Spelled Backwards: Tugboats have groupies. When the baby “Bronx” showed up at the Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition on Sunday, its fans cheered from the decks of the Circle-Line spectator boat. The Bronx was by far the smallest boat to join in on the fun, and seemed more interested in mugging for the photos. On board this restored boat from 1952 were the salty crew members and a dog in a sailor hat named Salty.
An annual event now in its 20th year, the Great North River Tugboat Races and Competition has all kinds of tug-related contests – from Line-Tossing to Best Mascot. It’s great fun for crew and families alike.
Come join us for the 20th Annual Running of the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition.
Circle Line 42 Spectator Boat
Be in the race! Improved Close Up Views!
9:30 am to 11:30 am – Boarding at 9:00 am
Sunday, 2 September, 2012
Pier 84, North River
West 44th Street and Hudson River, NYC, NY
10:00 AM – Parade of tugs from Pier 84 to the start line.
10:30 AM – Race starts – From 79th Street Boat Basin to Pier 84.
11 AM – Nose to nose pushing contests and line toss competition.
Noon – Tugs tie up to Pier 84 for lunch and awards ceremony.
Exhibits, amateur line toss, spinach eating contest
1 PM – Awards ceremony. Tugs depart at about 2 PM.
Sponsored by the Working Harbor Committee
with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises and Friends of Hudson River Park
photo: Mitch Waxman
by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee