In 1609, Captain Henry Hudson led a mixed Dutch and English crew on board the Dutch jaght d'Halve Maen into a broad, uncharted river, seeking a northwest passage across the New World. Hudson's exploration of the lush wilderness surrounding this river valley and interaction with its native peoples would lead directly to the foundation of the New Netherland Colony and later New York State, forever shaping the future of the river that now bears his name.
In 2013, a crew on the Replica Ship Half Moon again commemorates the original d'Halve Maen's Voyage of Discovery with otheir annual re-creation of this historic event. They carry a multinational crew, with student sailors drawn from the greater New York Capital Region and Bornego College in the Netherlands. As they follow in Hudson's wake, our new crew will study the environmental sciences all around them.
On Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage up the river that now bears his name, one of his officers, Robert Juet, kept a log of the ship's navigational record and other observations. This journal is now a valuable source of information about what the Hudson River Valley and its people were like during that September in 1609. It also tells a lot about what Captain Hudson and his crew were like, and how they felt about what they were seeing.
On the site about the 2013 voyage, students and history buffs can follow the adventures of the crew on the Ship’s Log page. Each day, the crew posted dispatches from on board the Half Moon to let you see how the voyage is progressed as the student crew recreated Hudson's explorations. You can track the progress of the original d'Halve Maen in 1609, as presented in the journal of Robert Juet. (Juet's original spelling has been preserved; note that English spelling in the 17th century did not follow the standardized rules we use today.)
The two legs of the Fall Voyage of Discovery parallel the expedition of the original d'Halve Maen as it traveled up what Dutch settlers would soon call the North River, culminating in the ship's fruitful arrival at the site of modern Albany on September 19th, 1609.
During the original Half Moon's Voyage of Discovery, Henry Hudson and his crew acted as natural scientists, carefully studying the Hudson River Valley, trying to understand how the river worked, what animals lived in and near it, and how the weather behaved. Click here to see what modern explorers found.
The half Moon will be available for tours today and for the next weeks after it docks in Albany around noon at the south end of the Corning Preserve in Albany. Parking is available in the parking lot at the north end of the park or on Broadway, near Maiden Lane, where it is possible to walk over the walking bridge. Adult tour tickets cost $7, $5 for students and children under 12 are free with a paying adult. Tour hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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