Monday, July 26, 2021

The John J. Harvey Is Coming to Hudson

In the summer of 2009, during Hudson's "Namesake Celebration" marking the quadricentennial of Henry Hudson's historic journey on the river that now bears his name, the fireboat John J. Harvey was among the historic vessels that visited Hudson.   

The John J. Harvey, one of the most powerful fireboats ever built, was first launched in 1931 and had a distinguished career with the  New York City Fire Department before being retired in 1994. The fireboat is most famous for returning to service on September 11, 2001, following the attack on the World Trade Center.

This summer, the FASNY Museum of Firefighting is bringing the John J. Harvey to Hudson and offering free hour-long trips on the historic fireboat. Here's the announcement of the event that appears on Facebook:     

Join us on August 14th, 2021, from 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., for a special IN-PERSON event.
Join us as we partner with the crew of the John J. Harvey to provide a FREE ride on a fireboat! This once-in-a-lifetime experience includes a 60-minute cruise. We will also be hosting a FREE gutter regatta for children before the cruises. This trip will launch from the Hudson Waterfront Park [i.e., Henry Hudson Riverfront Park] in Hudson, NY, on August 14th, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. and a second cruise will launch at 5:00 p.m.
This event is FREE, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your seats today for one of these cruises: 518 822-1875, ext. 17.
This program is made possible by a generous grant award from the Hudson River Bank and Trust Co. Foundation.


  1. my son and i have great memories of that day...especially getting soaked to the skin.if you plan to go ,you are going to get saturated,but its worth it.

  2. It's great fun and I highly recommend it. Yes, you'll get very wet.