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The 24th annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition will take place on Sunday, 9 October, 2016, at Pier 84, West 44 Street and 12 Avenue in Manhattan.

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See our mighty tug friends compete on the Great North River, some of you might call it the Hudson River, in a massive show of strength and agility!

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Our spectator boat departs Pier 83 (W. 43/12 Ave) at 9:30 am sharp, so we can get in the best spot for the parade of tugs.

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Come race time, the spectator boat races alongside the tugs, you’ll be close enough to get splashed by the spray kicked up by the racing tugs!

For this excellent vantage point, get tickets for the spectator boat here.

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The Parade of Tugs starts things off at 10 a.m., you’ll get to see all the tugs and other participating vessels shake their shimmy on the Hudson before the big line up for the race.

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After the speed event, the mighty feats of strength competition begins where the tugs face-off nose-to-nose in a pushing contest.

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Watch the tugboaters, their families and crew get into the spirit with a dash of friendly rivalry and tons of fun.

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Come ashore for the pro line-toss competitions and cheer on your favorite tug-teams! We’ll also have amateur line-toss contests on the pier for both adult and kid divisions. See if you have a future career as a deckhand!

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And of course, don’t miss our popular spinach-eating contest! You’ll have a bunch of top competitors to beat – last years winner of the adult division downed the spinach in just 8 seconds. Better get practicing… !

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There’ll also be mascots, and tattoos and sailors, oh my! And lots and lots of fun for kids young and old!

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See you at the tugboat race – Sunday October 9th at Pier 84

 

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

 

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Her departure, a day later than first anticipated, due to the threat of Tropical Storm Hermine, barque Peking was eased away from her home at the South Street Seaport for the past 40 years and gently towed to Staten Island to prepare for her long journey across the Atlantic in the Spring.

As many of you already know, Peking is headed back to Hamburg, Germany, where she was built over 100 years ago. The German government has allocated 120 million euros to restore the vessel, where she will become the star attraction of the city’s new harbor museum.

Rick Spilman of Old Salt Blog was dockside at the South Street Seaport yesterday morning, together with a crowd of well-wishers, to bid Peking a fond farewell. (video by Rick Spilman)

 

 

This morning, the 1911 built, steel, four masted barque, Peking, left South Street Seaport, its home for more than 40 years, for the last time. For those of us who have known the ship for almost as long, it was both a sad and joyous day. The South Street Seaport Museum lacked the resources and even the berth space to support the Peking. The museum worked very hard to find a good home for the historic ship and they succeeded. Read more from Old Salt Blog here…

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