2013 Historic Ship
Festival a Huge Success.
Free boat rides, dockside ship tours, a circus on a barge, fishing on the river, knot-tying and more drew more than 1,000 people to Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 for the Sixth Annual North River Historic Ship Festival, June 20–23.
The four-day event began with a gala reception honoring A.J. Pietrantone, former executive director of the Friends of Hudson River Park.
On Saturday, more than 500 adults and children took free boat rides on the 106-year-old tug Pegasus, the retired fireboat John J. Harvey and the schooner Pioneer. Another 500 took dockside tours of Lehigh Valley Barge #79 and steamship Lilac.
Sunday’s events--Showboat CIRCUS on Lehigh Valley Barge 79, knot-tying and environmental education on Lilac, and fishing on the pier--brought another 500 people to the festival.
The North River Historic Ship Society produced the festival with support from the Hudson River Park Trust, the Friends of Hudson River Park, the Durst Organization, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and scores of people who donated funds and volunteered their time to make the event a success. Thanks to all.