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City's Nautical History On Display This Week

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New Yorkers can embark on a nautical adventure and celebrate the city's waterways as part of Tug and Barge Week.

The Waterfront Museum Barge and the tugboat Pegasus are docked at Brooklyn Bridge Park for the event.

The tug dates back to 1907, the barge to 1914.

Visitors can tour the boats, attend workshops and enjoy musical performances.

Organizers say they hope the event will serve as a reminder about the importance of the city's waterways.

"The city is still hugely dependent on, in a way maybe more so on the maritime industry, being that we don't manufacture anymore, everything: our clothes, our commodities. Everything comes by ship. So I think that's important for the public to know and to really respect the needs of the industry," said Pegasus Captain Pam Hepburn.

"It's really been a challenge to get people to recognize the importance and significance of our waterways and their importance to our everyday lives really," said David Sharps of the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge.

Tug and Barge Week runs through next Monday.

If you can't make it this week, you can catch the barge and the Pegasus at Hudson River Park at the end of the month for a Historic Ship Festival at Pier 25.

For more information, visit brooklynbridgeparknyc.org or waterfrontmuseum.org.

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