The Hudson River Maritime Museum is grateful for support from the Hudson Valley Greenway’s Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program. HRMM has received a Heritage Development Grant of $5,400 from the program to support the revival of the Hudson River Lighthouse Coalition - a partnership between HRMM and the organizations that operate the seven remaining lighthouses on the Hudson River.
The grant covers the development of a joint website for all the Hudson River lighthouses, a promotional rack card, and an online exhibit about the lost or “ghost” lighthouses of the Hudson River. Preliminary information, including basic history, images, and tourism information for all seven lighthouses plus the Statue of Liberty will be available at www.hudsonriverlighthouses.org by the end of June, 2018. Online exhibit will be available to the public by October, 2018.
In addition, HRMM has received sponsorship from the HRVNHA for the Conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley, July 14, 2018. The $1,000 sponsorship goes to offset costs and keep registration costs affordable for the general public.
Please join us in thanking the Hudson Valley Greenway and the Hudson River National Heritage Area program for their generous support.
We’re Featured on the NEW Hudson River Train Tour App!
Passengers on board Metro-North and Amtrak trains from New York City to Albany can now learn more about The Hudson River Maritime Museum on their smartphones using the new Hudson River Train Tour App, developed by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, in partnership with the National Park Service.
The app gives rail travelers several tools to enhance their excursions through the Hudson Valley, including real-time mapping services, audio guides, and information on hundreds of parks, trails, historic sites, cultural destinations, and historic downtowns.
Travelers can click on “themes” such as: What’s Out the Window, which showcases sites seen from the train; Freedom & Dignity, highlighting the American Revolution, Underground Railroad, FDR and other major historical eras; Nature & Culture, focused on natural landscapes, artists, writers and architects; Corridor of Commerce, featuring early settlement and economic development; and the Voices of the Hudson, which contains historic audio stories.
The free mobile app is available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play, or via Hudsonrivervalley.com/app. #HudsonRiverTrainTour
The Hudson River Maritime Museum opened its new 2018 exhibit, “The Hudson River and Its Canals: Building the Empire State” on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
This new temporary exhibit celebrates the bicentennial of a decade of canal construction that created bold new transportation corridors connecting the Hudson River and New York State to Canada and Vermont, the Great Lakes and Midwest, and the coal fields of Pennsylvania. Featured canals include the Champlain (1823), Erie (1825), and Delaware & Hudson (1828) and the exhibit will also include information on later feeder canals and canal expansions.
This system of interconnected waterways led to rapid growth in New York State, created new markets, led to the rise of new cities, and made New York City one of the world’s largest ports. The canals interpreted in the exhibit fulfilled the promise of the motto “Empire State” and established New York as a leader in engineering, communications, capital, and international trade. The exhibit illustrates that the geography of New York State and the Hudson and Mohawk valleys uniquely positioned it to provide transportation corridors through the barriers of the Appalachian mountain chain and demonstrates that transportation by water was much cheaper and more efficient than overland travel.
Visitors will have the opportunity to hear the voice of a woman who grew up driving a mule along the Delaware & Hudson canal from the interior of a canal boat cabin. Children can operate small canal boats through a scale model canal with mechanical locks and an aqueduct. A large three-dimensional topographical map showcases how the geography of the state influenced canal routes. Photos show the faces of the people and animals who operated on the canals, including children who grew up in canal boats and shared the work, and videos illustrate the construction and operation of the canals throughout history.
Funding for this exhibit was generously provided by a grant from Humanities NY and ArtsMidHudson. “The Hudson River and Its Canals: Building the Empire State” will be open from April 21, 2018 until December, 2019.
Below are some photos from our opening reception:
The City of Kingston and the Hudson River Maritime Museum invites residents, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and business owners from the Rondout in Kingston, NY and surrounding communities to attend the inaugural meeting regarding the formation of the Riverport Community Coalition.
This coalition seeks to enhance and revitalize the historic Rondout waterfront by opportunities and working through collaborative partnerships to maintain a vibrant and sustainable neighborhood and business district within the City of Kingston.
Interested parties should attend an inaugural meeting held on Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 A.M in the Riverport Wooden Boat School classroom at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, 86 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
This event is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited and registration is strongly encouraged. To RSVP, please search Eventbrite.com for “Hudson River Maritime Museum” or visit the registration site.
Please contact Lisa Cline, Executive Director for the Hudson River Maritime Museum at email@example.com.
Connecting History Lovers to Historic Texts
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce a new and exciting collection to its Museum Store offerings. Academics, amateur historians and history lovers are invited to shop the museum’s new rare and used book selection.
Previously donated books handpicked by the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s Collections Department are now available for sale. These books cover important Hudson River history including steamboats, lighthouses, tugboats, and maritime and local history. Each purchase made in the Museum Store helps the museum to preserve and interpret the history of the Hudson River, its tributaries and its related industries.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum’s rare and used book sale includes out of print editions of popular titles, hard to find historical texts, and primary source material. All books included in the sale are duplicates from the museum’s archives and collections.
“We are so excited that the public can browse these fascinating books,” says Executive Director Lisa Cline. “What better way to connect to the history of the river than with these books written by famous local and regional historians and authors.”
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is now accepting book donations. Hudson River history books will be considered for inclusion in the museum’s research library. General maritime histories and triplicates will be included in the book sale. All proceeds benefit the museum. To donate a book, please contact Collections Manager and Digital Archivist Carla Lesh at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the book sale, please contact Membership and Museum Store Manager Joclyn Wallace at email@example.com.
It seems far from memory now, but the Rondout waterfront of Kingston, New York was once a working waterfront. What are now walking paths, parks and cultural centers were once shipyards, commercial docks and shipping piers. Situated on a tributary to the Hudson River, the Rondout Creek provides a natural port due to its deep water and sheltered location nearly midway between Albany, the state capital, and New York City. It was home to a once booming shipbuilding industry that seemed to vanish by the mid-twentieth century.
Although the shipbuilding industries on the Hudson declined, the wooden boats remained. The gaff-rigged racing sloop Eleanor, one of the last of her kind, survives from 1903. Built at the B.F. Wood shipyard at City Island, Bronx, Eleanor was designed by Clinton H. Crane, designer of the schooner Endymion (1900), which set the record for the Atlantic crossing in 13 days, 8 hours - a record beaten in 1905 by Atlantic. She was saved by Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration and Sailing, Inc., an all-volunteer organization in Hudson, NY working to restore Eleanor to her former glory.
Eleanor is not the only wooden boat in need of restoration these days. In 2016, the Hudson River Maritime Museum opened the Riverport Wooden Boat School and with it Riverport Wooden Boat Restoration. Since 2016, RWBR has completed restorations of the Clearwater, Woody Guthrie, Commander, Tid Bit, and are completing a scratch build of the 100% solar-powered Solar Sal. These restorations were open to the public, and along with woodworking and boat building classes for youth and adults, the Hudson River Maritime Museum has transformed the Rondout into a working waterfront once again.
To celebrate the success of the Riverport Wooden Boat School and the resurgence of interest in the ships of the River and their restoration, the Hudson River Maritime Museum is proud to present “Keeping History Afloat on the Hudson,” a unique peer-to-peer symposium on the technical aspects of boat restorations in the Hudson Valley, on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Kingston Home Port & Education Center (affectionately known as “the Barn”).
“Keeping History Afloat” is designed for professional and avocational shipwrights and restorers as well as wooden boat enthusiasts; this symposium will feature presentations from a variety of shipwrights, restoration specialists, and visionaries on the future of boats on the Hudson River. The focus of these presentations will cover the technical details of the restoration and construction work for each vessel as well as the successes and challenges of each project. “Keeping History Afloat” will feature the stories restorations and builds of at least six Hudson River vessels, all of whom kept tradition of wooden boats and shipbuilding alive on the river.
The Rondout’s long history of wooden boatbuilding makes it the perfect location for this unique event. Starting with the opening of the Delaware & Hudson Canal in 1828, Rondout became a center of wooden barge building to serve both the canal and make the larger barges needed to tow goods by steamboat down to New York City. During the major martial conflicts of the early 20th century, shipbuilders of the Rondout assisted the American war effort by building freighters, tugs, submarine chasers, lighters, and barges. To combat the use of magnetic mines, Rondout shipbuilders provided the United States with wooden boats to clear minefields. During the post-war period, however, the old industries left the region and the use of trains, trucks, and planes to transport people and goods became more cost effective.
Today, the spirit of wooden boatbuilding lives on in the original and replica vessels that continue to ply the Hudson River. The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a replica of the original Hudson River sloops that sailed up and down the river in the 18th and 19th centuries, was launched in 1969 and is nearing her 50th birthday. Designed for the variable winds and currents of the Hudson River, Clearwater and her crew continue the legacy of founder Pete Seeger who built the boat to save the river. She became America’s Environmental Flagship and was among the first vessels in the United States to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship, creating the template for environmental education programs around the world. More than half a million people have experienced their first real look at the Hudson River estuary’s ecosystem aboard Clearwater. Added to the National Register of Historic Places with special dispensation for historic significance at just 35 years old (rather than the normal 50 year designation), Clearwater has undergone several stages of restoration in the last ten years, completing the last leg of work on the midships’ hull in 2016.
Riverport Wooden Boat School Director and experienced shipwright and millwright Jim Kricker will discuss the most recent major restoration of the 1969 Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Kricker will focus on the Clearwater’s hull restoration, including the replacement of roughly 50 frames on each side with approximately 250 futtocks, around 2,000 lineal feet of planking, the stem knee, horn timber, stern post, rudder post, some sections of deadwood, the engine beds, keel bolts, and the complete replacement of the centerboard trunk, including a section of the keelson. The first ship to be restored at the Riverport Wooden Boat School, the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater marked the return of wooden boat building to the Rondout waterfront.
The second major restoration project done on the historic Rondout Creek was for the Beacon Sloop Club’s 1978 Hudson River Ferry Sloop Woody Guthrie. Beacon Sloop Club sailors and restoration volunteers Alan Thomas and James Malchow will discuss the major overhaul of the ship by Riverport Wooden Boat Restorations. This project was unique as it offered volunteers from the Beacon Sloop Club and the museum to work alongside professional shipwrights, reducing labor costs for the all-volunteer club and allowing for a full schedule of restoration work.
Louise Bliss, President of the nonprofit Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration and Sailing, Inc. will discuss the ongoing restoration of the historic 1903 raceabout sailing sloop Eleanor. In her presentation, Bliss will discuss the restoration of Eleanor’s spars and the work of HRHBRS volunteers thus far.
Richard Scarano, Vice President of Scarano Boat Building, will discuss the history of Scarano’s restoration services and highlight some of their most recent restoration projects. Founded in 1974, Scarano Boat Building designs and builds period wood, aluminum, composite, and steel boats, Coast Guard certified for public transportation and excursions. Richard Scarano joined his brother in 1986, when Scarano Boat Building incorporated. They are known for the historic replicas of canal and sailboats. Past projects have included the America, a full-scale replica of the famed 19th century racing schooner, Santa Maria, a replica of Columbus’ 15th century carvel, and Friendship of Salem, a replica of a 171-foot three-masted Salem East Indiaman originally built in 1797.
Historic and replica ships play a crucial role in keeping history afloat - and alive - on the Hudson River, but new uses for old boats and new types of boats are also being prototyped and tested on the Rondout waterfront. For two of our presenters, boats represent not the past, but the future of transportation.
Sam Merrett is a marine diesel mechanic, US Coast Guard licensed captain, and alternative fuel business owner. For him, the future of boats on the Hudson includes the revitalization of sail freight. At “Keeping History Afloat,” Merrett will discuss the restoration of the steel-hulled 1945 schooner Apollonia and her conversion to sail freight. Relying on her sails, Apollonia will also use alternative fuel made from recycled cooking oil in her 1953 diesel engine as she plies the Hudson moving freight from place to place. Merrett’s goal is to make Apollonia a reproducible model for sail freight.
For one man, the future of transportation lies not with the wind, but with the sun. PhD physicist and sustainable energy expert David Borton will present the scratch build of the Solar Sal, a 100% solar-powered motor vessel designed to be a US Coast Guard inspected commercial passenger boat. Borton’s design was brought to life by the shipwrights of Riverport Wooden Boat Restorations. At 44 feet long, Solar Sal brings solar energy, electricity, and marine propulsion together to help revolutionize river transportation.
“Keeping History Afloat on the Hudson River” is a day-long event based around 30-40 minute presentations with audience Q&A and will feature a round table discussion- the first of many regional meetings bringing together the diverse interests of members of this community together to discuss not just boat building and restoration, but the logistics of moving freight and passengers in a “post carbon” world when wind and solar power will keep communities connected, provide training and jobs in forest management, solar electric propulsion, woodworking, seafaring, sail making, rigging, and longshore logistics.
This symposium is open to the public. Tickets are $45 for HRMM members and $50 for non-members. Ticket price includes catered lunch. Registration, schedule, and more available at www.hrmm.org/keeping-history-afloat.html.
Today the Rondout Waterfront connects the city of Kingston not only to the River, but to its past. Skilled shipwrights and volunteers train the next generation of wooden boat builders so that these beautiful sailing vessels continue to sail the Hudson River, keeping the romance of sail travel alive. Through woodworking classes, sailing workshops, rowing workshops, lectures, and exhibits, the Hudson River Maritime Museum preserves the tradition of its community and inspires a respect for the river that connects us all.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum announced today its participation in the Bank of America Museums on Us® program, which provides Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders’ free general admission more than 200 of the nation’s finest arts, cultural and educational institutions during the first full weekend of every month.
To qualify for the Museums on Us program, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust customers simply present their credit or debit card and a valid photo ID to gain one free general admission* to any participating institution which is limited to the cardholder and excludes fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed shows (not to be combined with other offers).
“This is the bicentennial of the construction of the Erie Canal,” said Lisa Cline, Executive Director of the Hudson River Maritime Museum. “We are delighted to join Bank of America in this exciting program to reach a larger population and welcome them to see our special exhibit commemorating this important transportation innovation that helped to build not only New York State, but the nation itself.”
The Museums on Us program, now in its 21st season, has experienced major growth in recent years due to increased demand, bringing the total geographic reach to 123 cities in 35 states across the country.
“We’re proud to partner with the Hudson River Maritime Museum to offer residents and visitors a chance to experience culture in the local community,” said Jennifer MacPhee, Albany & Hudson Valley President, Bank of America. “As we approach our 21st anniversary of the program, we continue our commitment to supporting our non-profit partners and increasing access to diverse arts and cultural resources for our customers.”
For a complete listing of Museums on Us participating museums and other program information, visit www.bankofamerica.com/museums.
February is the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s annual Show the Museum Some Love membership drive and fundraising month.
This January, HRMM will be launching new and improved membership benefits for individual and corporate donors. For more information about these new and exciting benefits, please visit www.hrmm.org/join.
On Saturday, February 17 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the museum will be hosting “Tie the Knot with HRMM”, an afternoon of adult crafting. Participants will learn various nautical knots, and leave with a made by their own hand necklace, bracelet or keychain. Cost of admission is $35.00 and includes complimentary wine and beer, chili and mac & cheese, and a complimentary individual membership to the museum. Current members are encouraged to gift their membership to a friend. Children are welcome, and kids under 12 years old are free. Tickets available at www.hrmm.org.
Throughout this month-long membership drive, the museum will offer guided tours at 2 p.m. each Friday and Saturday in February. Tours are approximately 60 minutes and included in general admission. They are free to members of HRMM – just another one of the new and improved membership benefits!
All proceeds from HRMM’s membership drive will support the museum’s education programs, including the YouthBoat afterschool workshop. Additional donations to support education programs are appreciated.
For more information, please contact Development & Membership Associate Ellie Burhans at 845-338-0071 ext 19.
The Marina's.com award goes to top two percent of marinas in the nation.
KINGSTON, N.Y. – The Hudson River Maritime Museum has been awarded the 2017 Boater’s Choice award given to the top two percent of marinas in the nation. Selected out of 8,000 participants, HRMM was one of 152 marinas in the country to win the annual award. The Boater’s Choice award is given to marinas that receive an average of four star reviews given by boating customers.
In 2017, HRMM welcomed approximately 6,000 visitors to Kingston onboard private vessels, tall ships, cruise ships, and tour boats by way of the Hudson River. The museum waterfront was also one of the last major stops for the replica Spanish Galleon, El Galeon Andalucia, which attracted an additional 5,000 visitors to the Rondout.
HRMM’s waterfront boasts over 500 feet of dock space on the protected waters of the Rondout Creek, located in the heart of Kingston’s Historic Rondout District. All of the volunteer-built docks are constructed to commercial vessel standards and can accommodate ships up to 270 feet long. With a depth of 16 feet and no height restrictions at the docks, it is the perfect location for large vessels traveling on the Hudson River.
Overnight visitors have access to many amenities including shore power, water, wifi, showers, restrooms, and free admission to the Hudson River Maritime Museum and Riverport Wooden Boat School. Future plans include a new washer and dryer, new shower facilities, improved wifi, ADA access to docks, continued Rondout Lighthouse Tours, and all online booking. The museum’s location provides prime access to shops, restaurants, outdoor recreation, and cultural centers all within walking distance in the lovely historic Rondout Waterfront.
For 2018 docking reservations, please use the mobile application Dockwa, or call the dockmaster at 845-709-8881.
KINGSTON, N.Y. – On Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 2 p.m., Tim Guinee, actor and a leader at the Climate Reality Project, will visit the Hudson River Maritime Museum for “Climate Change and the Hudson Valley,” a presentation and discussion of the latest science concerning climate change in our area and across North America.
“We’re delighted that Tim is coming to the Museum to discuss this topic, which is of concern to anyone who lives or works along the waterfront,” says HRMM Executive Director Lisa Cline.
Founded by Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore, the Climate Reality Project (www.climaterealityproject.org/) is a diverse group of individuals who seek to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by supporting urgent action across every level of society. Guinee’s presentation will use the same deck of images that Vice President Gore uses when the tours the country. Afterwards, he will lead a panel discussion among local elected officials and experts about the implications of climate change for the Hudson Valley.
The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reserve online now.
In addition to his work at the Climate Reality Project, Guinee is a board member of Green Product Placement, which seeks to place environmentally friendly products in motion pictures and television shows. A long-time environmental advocate, he has worked on behalf of the Sierra Club as a volunteer lobbyist in Washington D.C., and has collaborated with politicians from both parties.
Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries.
Become a member and receive benefits like unlimited free museum admission, discounts on classes, programs, and in the museum store, plus invitations to members-only events.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum receives no federal, state, or municipal funding except through competitive, project-based grants. Your donation helps support our mission of education and preservation.