at Beczak Environmental Education Center, on the Hudson in Yonkers, NY

Hudson River Tugboat Day is June 23

Ride the Historic Tugboat Pegasus, Meet Captain Pamela Hepburn, and Enjoy Tugboat Films for the Whole Family

Celebrate the hardest working boats on the waterways at Hudson River Tugboat Day on Saturday, June 23, at Beczak Environmental Education Center. 

Hudson River Tugboats, a RiverTalks presentation by Pamela Hepburn, Captain of the Pegasus. June 23 @ 7 PM. $10 / $5 for students, teachers, and seniors, includes refreshments.

Captain Pamela Hepburn
No one knows the Pegasus like Pamela Hepburn--she lived on board with her daughter for several years! In Hudson River Tugboats, Hepburn gives a brief history of tugboats in the New York Harbor and their continuing importance today as well as tells her own story of working her way from tugboat cook and deckhand to captain, then purchasing the hundred year old Pegasus and renovating it inside and out. Plus enjoy Tugs, a documentary short by Jessica Edwards, which includes scenes of the everyday work life on tugs and ends with dramatic images from the 18th annual Great North River Tugboat Race. Read more about Pamela Hepburn, tugboat pioneer, here. 

John J Historic Fireboat
and the Tug Pegasus
Hudson River Tugboat Day activities are all free but for the evening RiverTalks, and all take place at Beczak Environmental Education Center and the Yonkers Pier, just two blocks away. Free and secure parking at Beczak.

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Enjoy the Disney classic Little Toot about “the little tug that could"
  • Explore how tugboats work and make your own out of recycled material
  • Take a dockside tour of the Pegasus at the Yonkers Pier

4:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Take a 1-hour ride on the Pegasus departing the Yonkers Pier. Participants are limited to the first 49 to register. Contact  Eva at  / (914) 377-1900, ext. 13.

    Historic 1907 Tugboat Pegasus
    The sturdy Pegasus was built in 1907 for Standard Oil. It transported oil products, docked tankers, and acted as a fireboat when needed. In 1995 it was abandoned, underpowered and too decrepit for active service. Thanks to downtown mom / tugboat captain Pamela Hepburn, this maritime icon was saved from the scrapheap, put on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Tugboat Pegasus Preservation Project guided its transformation to the unique New York educational experience it is today. The Pegasus is now docked at the Hudson River Park on Pier 25 in Tribeca. There, the 105-year-old Pegasus offers regular free dockside tours and educational river trips teaching visitors about the New York harbor’s value as a rich natural habitat, as a historic waterway that shaped this city’s history, and as a thriving commercial port crucial to today’s economy.

    Hudson River Tugboat Day is hosted by Beczak Environmental Education Center and made possible by sponsors Reinauer Transportation Company, Cashman Dredging, and Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID. Captain Pamela Hepburn’s RiverTalks presentation is sponsored by Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club, and Hudson River Watertrail Association.

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