Historic fireboat John J. Harvey will be docked at the Hudson River Maritime Museum on both days. The Harvey is the retired FDNY fireboat that assisted with the evacuation of lower Manhattan on 9/11, and pumped water to fight the World Trade Center site fires. Free public deck tours will be offered on Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and on Sunday from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. From 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday, there will be a ceremonial “reading of the roll” to remember the over 400 first responders who lost their lives on 9/11.
HRMM will offer free museum admission to first responders and their families, and a $2 discount off all museum admission rates for the general public on both Saturday and Sunday. The museum will present multiple screenings of Eyepop Productions 12-minute documentary film Boatlift in HRMM’s Kingston Home Port and Education Center, and will host other “courage and rescue” themed activities throughout the weekend.
The Trolley Museum of New York will hold a formal 12:00 noon dedication ceremony on Sunday with City of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble for its PATH train car 143, the “last car” that had been parked underneath the World Trade Center on 9/11. The Volunteer Fireman’s Hall and Museum of Kingston will display vintage fire equipment in the TMNY parking lot.
A full schedule of events for this weekend can be found at: http://www.hrmm.org/september-11th-memorial.html. Times and activities are subject to change.
The 115-foot long Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre, on its Expedition America 2016 tour, also will be docked at HRMM and open for deck tours (by admission fee) on Saturday, September 10. However, in deference to the solemnity of the September 11 events, the Draken ship will be closed to the public on Sunday.
For more information about the Hudson River Maritime Museum, visit www.hrmm.org, Like HRMM on Facebook, or call 845.338.0071 ext. 15. For more information about the Trolley Museum of New York, visit www.tmny.org or call 845.331.3399. For more information about fireboat John J. Harvey, visit www.fireboat.org.
About the museum: Located along the historic Rondout Creek waterfront in downtown Kingston, NY, the Hudson River Maritime Museum is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries. In 2016, HRMM opened the Riverport Wooden Boat School.