Category Archives: Newburgh Waterfront

Ships Ahoy at the Waterfront

Betsy McKean has shared the following information on upcoming events at the waterfront:



Here are the press releases issued by the Newburgh Waterfront with the details about each of these events:


Newburgh, NY, —On Friday, July 18- Sunday, July 20 the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will be open for walk-aboard, self-guided tours in Newburgh. The ships will be docked at the Riverfront Marina, 40 Front St., until their departure early Monday morning July 21.

The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archaeology magazine called the ‘Nina’ “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced sailing museum for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the caravel, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 60+, and $6 for students 5 – 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. No reservations necessary. The ships are not wheelchair accessible.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1-787-672-2152 or email Minimum of 15. $5 per person. No maximum. Check Facebook “Columbus Ships” or visit our website at

The ships arrive on Thursday, July 17 between noon & 2 p.m.



On Saturday, July 19 at 1p.m., there will be a ceremony dedicating the memorial stone for the replica of the H.M.S. Bounty. The ship had visited the Newburgh waterfront twice, forging bonds between the crew members and the community, and capturing the imaginations of all generations. The dedication will take place between the restaurants Cena 2000 & River Grill. At 2 p.m. the U. S. Coast Guard will demonstrate an air-sea rescue. Parking will be in the ferry parking lot at the southern end of Front Street on Newburgh’s waterfront.

The Bounty replica was commissioned by the Metro Goldwyn Mayer film studio for the 1962 film, Mutiny on the Bounty. She was the first large vessel built from scratch for a film using historical sources. Bounty was built to the original ship’s drawings from files in the British Admiralty archives, and in the traditional manner by more than 200 workers over an 8 month period in Nova Scotia. In 1986 media mogul Ted Turner acquired the MGM film library and Bounty with it. The ship was used for promotion and entertainment, and was used during the filming of Treasure Island with Charlton Heston in 1989. In 1993, Turner donated the ship to the Fall River Chamber Foundation in Massachusetts, which established the Tall Ship Bounty Foundation to operate the ship as an educational venture. In February 2001, Bounty was purchased from the Foundation by the HMS Bounty Organization LLC.

On October 29, 2012 during Hurricane Sandy, the ship’s master reported that Bounty was taking on water off the coast of North Carolina, about 160 miles (260 km) from the storm, and the crew were preparing to abandon ship. There were sixteen people aboard. Later, Vice Admiral Parker, USCG, reported the ship had sunk and fourteen people had been rescued from life rafts by two rescue helicopters. Claudene Christian, one of the two missing crew members and who claimed to be a descendant of HMS Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian, was found by the Coast Guard. She was unresponsive, and rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. The other missing Bounty crew member was long-time captain Robin Walbridge; the Coast Guard search for him was suspended on November 1, 2012.

FBI fetish bike to stop the violence

But then again aren’t all the Orange County Choppers’ bikes fetish bikes?  Senator Bill Larkin gives the FBI bike a try during the unveiling Monday, August 9th at the Newburgh Waterfront.  The Choppers produced the bike (and another one to be raffled) for an episode that will air September 16 on TLC.

The two Bills: Larkin and Kaplan arrive at the waterfront.

Kids, sailors and cops: the three main demographic groups attending the ceremony, in reverse order of predominance.

Paul Teutul Sr. arrives on the FBI bike.

A sign for the augurs: a flock of pigeons soared overhead just before the police procession with Teutel Sr. began.

Inlaid gold detailing above the rear tire.

Seal on the front.

Teutel gives a speech and points out the features on the bike.

An example of the cops to other people ratio.

The black bike in the foreground will be raffled, with the money to support anti-gang/stop the violence programs and initiatives in Newburgh.

What’s a Newburgh event without Mayor Nick Valentine?

Where’s County Executive Eddie Diana?  Maybe he was too shy to show the love for faithful campaign contributors OC Choppers.  He sent Jim O’Donnell, who lurked under the canopy of the River Grill for the proceedings.  Thanks, everyone!