All 121 passengers had to be evacuated when a New York tourist boat ran aground near the Statue of Liberty.

Clipper City, a sailing boat owned by tour company Manhattan By Sail, got stuck a half mile south of the statue about 1.10pm on Saturday, officials said.

The 103-ft boat departed Battery Park at noon for a craft-beer tasting cruise with the passengers and nine crew members on board, the New York Daily News reported.

Nobody was injured and the boat never took on water.

The US Coast Guard and several local agencies used small rescue boats to ferry the passengers to safety.