Urger (canal tugboat)

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Urger in 2013
Builder: Johnson Brothers Shipyard and Boiler Works
Launched: 1901
General characteristics
Tonnage: 45 GRT
Length: 73 ft 5 in (22.38 m)
Beam: 14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)
Depth: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Urger (canal tugboat)
Urger (canal tugboat) is located in New York
Urger (canal tugboat)
Nearest city Waterford, New York
Coordinates 42°47′47″N 73°41′15″W / 42.79639°N 73.68750°W / 42.79639; -73.68750Coordinates: 42°47′47″N 73°41′15″W / 42.79639°N 73.68750°W / 42.79639; -73.68750
Area less than one acre
Built 1901
Architect Johnson Bros.
Architectural style canal tugboat
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 01001320[1]
Added to NRHP 29 November 2001

Urger, originally named H.J. Dornbos, is a historic canal tugboat located at Waterford in Saratoga County, New York. She was built in 1901 by Johnson Brothers Shipyard and Boiler Works of Ferrysburg, Michigan. She was purchased for service on the New York State Barge Canal system in 1922 and was in regular use until the 1980s.[2] She was altered in several stages through 1949. She is 73 feet 5 inches (22.38 m) in length, 14 feet 9 inches (4.50 m) in beam and 9 feet (2.7 m) in depth. She is registered at 45 gross tons. She has a molded steel frame, deck beams, and riveted plates.[3]

In 1991 the Urger was reactivated "to educate school children and adults about the importance of New York’s historic Canal System." As of 2013 the Urger is "the flagship vessel in the New York State Canal Corporation’s fleet."[2]

Urger was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b "About the Canal Corporation: Tugboat Urger Educational Program". New York State Canal Corporation. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  3. ^ Peckham, Mark L. (July 2001). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Urger". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-12-10.  (Java required)
    "Accompanying 20 photos".  (Java required)

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