The Hudson River Maritime Museum is excited to announce the name of its 100% solar-powered 44-foot tour boat, the latest version of the Solar Sal series. After overwhelming community participation in a naming campaign and input from schools up and down the Hudson River, the museum’s naming committee, comprised of local elected officials, environmental groups, and partner organizations voted unanimously for Solaris.
Built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s restoration crew under the direction of Jim Kricker, this vessel is the only solar powered boat in operation on the Hudson River and does not require fossil fuels to operate. Names considered were two words or less, did not exclude or perpetuate harmful stereotypes, were not offensive, and were inspired by local history or environmentalism.
The new tour boat will allow the museum to expand its popular Rondout Lighthouse Tours, as well new history tours, trips to the Esopus Lighthouse, bird-watching trips, sunset cruises, and field trips to its on-the-water programming. The Solaris can accommodate up to 25 passengers and will be available for private charters and can be added on to any rental of the museum’s facilities.
Designed by marine architect Dave Gerr from a concept developed by David Borton, owner of Sustainable Energy, the Solar Sal-44 is commercial in design, meeting all U.S. Coast Guard regulations for commercial passenger-carrying vessels. In late 2018, the vessel passed her speed/range endurance test under the watchful eye of Coast Guard inspectors, using only reserve battery power. In early 2019, the vessel passed her stability test and received United States Coast Guard Certification. The Solaris can travel up to 50 miles at night without the use of her solar panels. Even on cloudy days, the solar panels are so efficient that they continue to power the batteries.
Support for this vessel comes from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Scenic Hudson, and Sustainable Energy Corp. If you have questions, or wish to support this unique vessel and its programming, please contact Executive Director Lisa Cline at 845-338-0071 ext. 20. More information on the tour boat and naming campaign can be found at www.hrmm.org/solar-boat-tours.html
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the purchase the 100% solar powered 44 foot tour boat the Solar Sal. Built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s restoration crew under the direction of Jim Kricker, this vessel is the only solar powered boat in operation on the Hudson River and does not require fossil fuels to operate.
Designed by marine architect Dave Gerr from a concept developed by David Borton, owner of Sustainable Energy, the Solar Sal is commercial in design, meeting all U.S. Coast Guard regulations for commercial passenger-carrying vessels. In late 2018, the vessel passed her speed/range endurance test under the watchful eye of Coast Guard inspectors, using only reserve battery power. The Solar Sal can travel up to fifty miles at night without the use of her solar panels. Even on cloudy days, the solar panels are so efficient that they continue to power the batteries.
The Solar Sal can accommodate up to 25 passengers and will allow the Hudson River Maritime Museum to expand water-based tour offerings in 2019, including lighthouse tours, school field trips, and charters. Full program schedule and ticketing information will be announced in February. Those interested in scheduling a school field trip or other private tours can contact us at 845-338-0071 ext. 16.
Support for this vessel comes from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Scenic Hudson, and Sustainable Energy Corp. The Hudson River Maritime Museum will be launching a community-based campaign to name the vessel in March. If you have questions, or wish to support this unique vessel and its programming, please contact Executive Director Lisa Cline at 845-338-0071 ext. 20.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is proud to announce it has been awarded $430,000 from the State of New York to improve visitor experiences and access to the museum’s campus.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will provide funding through an Environmental Protection Grant. These competitive matching grants provide funding for the development of heritage areas in the state of New York. The Hudson River Maritime Museum will use these funds to improve visitor experience by making walkway improvements, improving energy efficiency, adding solar capacity, improving the museum façade, grounds, and streetscape, and integrating connections to the Kingston Greenway and the Empire State Trail.
Robert L. Burhans, President of the HRMM Board of Trustees said, “This has been a
great year for the museum, we received our Permanent Museum Charter from the New
York State Board of Regents, our Youthboat and Sailing schools are maturing and are
recognized for their great educational experiences. This was our 40th year of service, preservation, and cultural enrichment, and we are excited to begin another forty!”
“The Hudson River Maritime Museum is both a key part of the Rondout and an unrivaled resource for all Hudson River communities. This grant will assure their continued presence in the Rondout and give them the tools needed to develop robust climate change hardening while establishing a 21st century presence. This award is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of both staff and volunteers,” says New York State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.
“Through the Office of Economic Development, my administration has made it a priority to maximize the funding that local projects receive from state and federal grants. We do that by assisting with project formulation, connecting applicants with grant-writing expertise and advocating for Ulster County projects, but the lion’s share of the effort falls on each applicant. A hearty congratulation to the Hudson River Maritime Museum, which has received a significant funding commitment to advance their work along the Rondout Creek in Kingston. The Rondout Riverport Phase 2 Project will help ensure a vital future for the Museum and the entire Kingston waterfront district in the face of challenges from climate change and sea level rise,” says Ulster County Executive Michael Hein.
“I whole-heartedly congratulate the Hudson River Maritime Museum on their CFA Award, which will assist in our shared vision to preserve Kingston’s important history, to be a responsible and sustainable community, to give access to all community members, and to grow in smart ways. I look forward to seeing all the improvements for the Museum’s continued success,” says City of Kingston Mayor, Steve Noble.
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The Hudson River Maritime Museum is proud to announce it has been granted an Absolute Charter by the New York State Board of Regents. The museum was awarded this charter at the Board of Regents’ October meeting in Albany, New York.
New York State requires all museums, historical societies, libraries, schools, colleges, universities, and other organizations to be chartered with the state’s Board of Regents to ensure high standards of educational programming, historic research, and compliance with state and federal law. An Absolute Charter is issued when the organization is both educationally sound and financially stable.
“We are proud to receive this recognition from the New York State Board of Regents,” says Lisa Cline, Executive Director. “It’s confirmation that we are providing innovative educational programming and have the support of the Hudson River Community. It shows that the Hudson River Maritime Museum has staying power. This is a great way to celebrate our upcoming 40th anniversary!”
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The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce Jon Bowermaster will be honored with the prestigious Roger W. Mabie award at the 2018 Pilot Gala held on Sunday, September 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hudson River Maritime Museum.
Writer, filmmaker and adventurer, Jon is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council. One of the Society’s ‘Ocean Heroes,’ his first assignment for National Geographic Magazine was documenting a 3,741 mile crossing of Antarctica by dogsled. Jon has written a dozen books and produced/directed more than fifteen documentary films. Oceans 8 Films and the One Ocean Media Foundation originated in the Hudson Valley and the river and its beauty have been a backdrop of and inspiration to much of Jon’s work over the years. It is an environment to both be celebrated, and protected. Both films River at Risk and Hope on the Hudson were created to draw attention to some of the ongoing environmental concerns, including bomb trains loaded with crude oil coursing along its banks, the continued pollution by PCBs going back to the 1940s, the serious debate over the future of the nuclear power plant at Indian Point as well as the people who are working to preserve the River’s rich ecology and history.
“We are thrilled to honor Jon Bowermaster at our Pilot Gala,” says Lisa Cline, Executive Director of the Hudson River Maritime Museum. “We are all so fortunate that Jon, an internationally known documentarian, has focused his lens on our corner of the world, bringing attention to this region’s beauty, the risks we face and the work that is being done to preserve our Hudson River Valley.”
The Roger W. Mabie Award, named after founding father and former president Roger Mabie, was created to honor annually individuals who exemplify service to the Hudson Valley and its history.
To attend this fundraiser for the Hudson River Maritime Museum and to honor the important work of Jon Bowermaster, please RSVP at www.hrmm.org/pilot-gala.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. For more information about the book sale, please contact Membership and Museum Store Manager Joclyn Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.