The Urger, a New York State Canal tug, will join the fleet at Oswego’s Historic Maritime District on West First Street Pier from Wednesday, Aug. 29 to Saturday, Sept. 1.
Her visit is planned to help kick off the Oswego Canal Festival planned for Labor Day weekend. She will be available for free walk-aboard tours during regular museum hours.
The Oswego Canal Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3.
The public may visit an historic line-up of vessels and enjoy weekend festivities to honor the New York State Barge Canal System.
“The Urger tug is the flagship of the New York State Canal Corporation’s fleet and one of the oldest working vessels in the country,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum. “We’re so pleased to have her here to help launch the festival.”
The Urger was built in 1901 as a commercial shipping vessel. Twenty years later, she was sold into the New York State Canal fleet where she hauled machinery, dredges and scows. She was retired in the 1980s only to be returned to service a decade later.