El Galeón Seeks Volunteer Sailors
Museum Expands Hours and Lighthouse Tours During El Galeón Visit
KINGSTON, NY – The replica Spanish galleon El Galeón is seeking five intrepid volunteer sailors to accompany them on their voyage from Kingston, NY to Ocean City, MD. Volunteer crew members will eat, sleep, and work on the ship for several days as she travels south along the Atlantic seaboard. Volunteers will learn to sail the ship as they go. All prospective volunteers must be in good physical condition and over the age of 18. Interest parties may contact El Galeón Project Manager Fernando Viota at Fernando@fundacionnaovictoria.org.
In addition, the crew is seeking volunteers to sail across the Atlantic with El Galeón on her voyage home from Ocean City, MD to Spain. The voyage will last approximately one month, with tentative dates of August 28 to September 28, 2017. Interested parties can contact Ulises Custido at Ulises@fundacionnaovictoria.org or call 904-826-7327 or fill out a request for information form at: www.fundacionnaovictoria.org/cross-atlantic-ocean-board-el-galeon/.
Finally, during El Galeón’s stay at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the museum will be open extended hours on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Also that weekend, HRMM will offer more frequent lighthouse tours, with tours every half hour beginning at noon with the last tour leaving at 5:00 PM. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children (5-12). Children under 5 are free but each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Lighthouse tours are on weekends only. Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8 the museum will return to its regular schedule, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum page of the Hudson River Valley Heritage website now includes a section on tugboats. Tugboats- The Workhorses of the Hudson - The Hudson River was the great natural highway into the interior of New York State for centuries. Transportation for people and goods was by boat for over two hundred years after the arrival of European, mostly Dutch, settlers in the early 17th century.
Because of the growth of New York City into a major port and population center as immigrants poured into the city in the 19th century, the need there for food and building materials soared. The Hudson Valley produced many of the products needed, and shipped them by sailing vessels called sloops and schooners for at least two hundred years from the beginning of settlement in the 1600s. Steamboats came on the scene gradually after 1807 carrying mostly passengers for many decades. Eventually steam towboats pulling multiple barges and canal boats took over the freight traffic on the Hudson. Though not speedy, these long tows were the cheapest way to ship bulk cargoes. Older passenger steamboats such as the Norwich were used at first as towboats. Sidewheel steamboats such as the Oswego were built as towboats starting around 1850. Propeller driven tugboats in the familiar shape that we know today began to be seen in the 1860s.
Rondout, the port of Kingston, was a major shipping point, and the busiest port on the Hudson for most of the 19th century (1800s). The major product shipped from Rondout was coal brought here from eastern Pennsylvania over the Delaware & Hudson Canal from 1828 to 1898. Coal was the main fuel of the steam age of the 19th century, so Rondout boomed from coal transport. Local products also shipped from Rondout during the same time were Ulster County bluestone shipped widely for use as sidewalks; Rosendale cement, a sturdy natural cement used in building New York City; and bricks from local brickyards also used to build New York City. Ice cut from the Hudson River was shipped to New York City on barges to be used for food preservation. Food products were also shipped, including grain from the Midwest brought to the Hudson over the Erie Canal, and hay for the many horses in the City.
The Cornell Steamboat Company of Rondout became the largest towing company on the Hudson by the 1880s because of the enormous amount of freight to be transported to New York City from the Hudson Valley, especially from Rondout. Towboats and tugs pulling long strings of barges could be seen day and night on the Hudson from the 1850s through the 1930s. The Cornell Steamboat Company had a virtual monopoly on towing on the river from the 1880s through the 1930s. The company had a fleet of up to sixty tugboats of all sizes at one time. There is much less tug and barge activity on the Hudson today than there was even in the 1950s as freight was being shipped by rail and later truck, and the old cargoes like bluestone, ice, and cement had mostly disappeared from the scene. Today the main cargoes shipped by tug and barge are oil, crushed rock, and some cement.
Visit the website regularly to see new additions from the HRMM collection: www.hrvh.org/hrmmkingston
Friday, July 14, 2017, the Hudson River Maritime Museum lost an important volunteer and friend. Ralph Allen died at 88 from complications from cancer.
Ralph started volunteering at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in the mid-1990s. He was on the museum board for at least one year, but where he really left his mark was in the building and growing of the museum over the past twenty years as a hands-on volunteer.
Ralph was a dairy farmer. He was not afraid of hard work, and because of the nature of that profession, he was proficient in carpentry, welding, and electrical work, not to mention the thousands of small things necessary to keep the farm going. When he retired from farming, he brought these skills to the museum. Nearly every structure on the museum campus, including the docks and bulkhead, reflects his thought and work, be it building, installing, fixing, moving or electrifying. But what impressed us most were his problem-solving abilities. When someone was confronted with a difficult task, and was about to make an ill-advised decision, Ralph would calmly say, “Well… you could try it that way, but that is not how I would do it” and proceed to find an excellent solution, safely getting the job done without bruising any egos.
Ralph was a quiet man with a wry sense of humor. He didn’t have much patience for the spotlight. In fact, he’d probably think a public article like this one, all about him, was a waste of time. But it isn’t.
Ralph continued to work at the museum well into the last month of his life. His final project was a dust collector for the Riverport Wooden Boat School which, as usual, works to perfection. When someone like Ralph dies, we are reminded just how lucky we were to have spent time with him and learn from him. His legacy will live on at the museum, from the darkest nooks and crannies of the museum to the best floating docks on the Rondout. Next time you’re at the museum and you appreciate something built or working well, take some time to thank Ralph, because he probably had a hand in it. We say thank you all the time.
Thanks Ralph, for everything.
The Board, staff, and volunteers of the HRMM
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is seeking volunteer docents at the Rondout Lighthouse. Qualified applicants will spend a weekend afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. enjoying the river views while teaching visitors about the Rondout Lighthouse and its keepers. Training is provided.The lighthouse is accessible only by ferry, which operates from the museum’s dock. Tour groups are small, with a maximum of six visitors per trip. Tours last about 30 minutes.
Applicants should be able to handle boarding the ferry and climbing the stairs at the lighthouse, be able to read and retain detailed information, and be comfortable speaking to the public. For a volunteer application, visit www.hrmm.org/volunteer or email Director of Education Sarah Wassberg at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (845) 338-0071, ext. 16. The museum also has other tour guide opportunities as well.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is excited to announce that Emily Chichon, of our Riverport Wooden Boat School, is featured in an article in the July issue of Chronogram! Emily is an original member of HRMM's team of shipwrights and a competitor in the Hudson River National Boat Building Challenge on Hudson River Day.
Emily has extensive boatbuilding experience, having worked on some very impressive and iconic vessels: the Hudson River sloop Clearwater, the Beacon Sloop Club’s beloved Woody Guthrie and the Commander, the oldest surviving wooden boat to have served in World War I as a balloon-spotter.
The July issue of Chronogram is on newsstands now, or you can read the article online.
This just in: The Hudson River Maritime Museum has received word that the 2009 replica ship El Galeon Andalucia will be docking at the Museum and will be open to the public for deck tours Saturday, August 5th through Tuesday, August 8th. Deck tours will be available for adults ($10), children aged 5-11 ($5), and free for children under the age of 5. She is also available to stage special dinner events or corporate presentations which can be coordinated through the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Details coming soon!
The Galeon Andalucia is a replica ship built in 2009 modeled after the type of vessel used by the Spanish Crown for maritime expeditions during the 16th through the 18th centuries. Galleons were intended to discover and then establish trade routes between Spain, America and the Philippines islands. These merchant vessels were armed with tonnages ranging from 500 to 1,200 and lengths ranging from 130 to 200 feet. Considered innovative for their time, they were designed to cross the largest oceans as efficiently as possible.
Researchers required three years to compile all the necessary information about galleons' shapes, details, and measures so that a replica could be built. The historical research done in maritime archives in Spain was followed by structural design, which took six months. Construction of the vessel lasted over seventeen months and employed 150 people until her launching in Punta Umbria (Huelva, Spain) in November of 2009. The replica was designed and built by Ignacio Fernandez Vial, a navel engineer and historian, commissioned by the ship's owner, Nao Victoria Foundation.
During construction the hull and decks were built up in layers of fiberglass and after that the whole structure was lined with wood. This completely original and innovative technique was the first time this method was applied to any ship heavier than 500 tons meant for sailing.
Since her launching, a crew of fifteen to thirty-five people have manned her across the seas and oceans of the world. She has navigated the Pacific and Indian Oceans, crossed the Atlantic, and traveled the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the South and East China Seas, the Aegean Sea and the Caribbean.
Some facts about the El Galeon Andalucia:
On Saturday, June 24th, the Hudson River Maritime Museum hosted our first Hudson River National Boat Building Challenge on Hudson River Day! Eleven adult teams and one youth team competed to build a wooden row-boat in under four hours. Community support for the event was great, with over fifteen sponsors.
Boats were judged on speed of competition, quality of build, and a timed relay rowing race on the Rondout Creek. Our esteemed judges included Jim Kricker, Director of the Riverport Wooden Boat School here at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Wayne Bartow, Director of the Hudson River Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, and Andrew Willner, Senior Instructor of the Riverport Wooden Boat School.
Team Caduceus, comprising of Jeff Arliss and HRMM's Jack Weeks, took third place! Arliss practices medicine in Kingston and lives in New Paltz. Weeks, who lives in Eddyville, is a longtime board member of the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and a timber framer with some boatbuilding experience.
Coming in at second place was the Rifton Rascals - Eric Flavin amd Brandon Craig! Flavin is a longtime New Paltz resident and known for being able to build "anything at anytime". When he's not building something, he enjoys hiking in New Hampshire with his daughter. Brandon Craig is the future son-in-law of Eric and is hoping to stay in good favor with his future father-in-law by not injuring him in this challenge. No injuries were had and the team had fun!
Our first place team, Carolina Flare, hails from North Carolina. Comprised of Bobby Staab and Josh Fulp, the team was first to finish their boat. Sporting an ever-present mustache and the same "Challenge" shorts worn during every competition, Bobby Staab notes the one time he stayed awake more than three hours, he pressure washed and stained a deck; painted the house; cut the grass; and changed the spark plugs in all his neighbors' cars! Josh Fulp is a General Contractor who got his first skill saw when he was twenty-four months old. Boatbuilding lore has it that Fulp keeps extra fasteners and a few tools tucked in his beard!
Congratulations to all our teams! Building a wooden boat in under four hours is a gigantic accomplishment and a lot of hard work.
Below is a photo gallery of the day's event.
Despite the unseasonably chilly weather and all-day drizzle, an intrepid crew turned out for our Cement Industry car tour today. We started with a delicious pancake breakfast at the Ponckhockie Congregational Church, which was built by the Newark Lime & Cement Company in 1870 for their employees and neighborhood residents. We learned about the church's long heritage starting as a Sunday school in the 1850s, and its unique construction.
Next, we headed up to the top of Hasbrouck Park overlooking the Hudson and learned more about the Newark Lime & Cement Company, its formation, and viewed some historic images of the company's cement mines and kilns.
At this point thoroughly chilled, we headed back down along the Strand and out to Rosendale for a delicious lunch at the 1850 House and Inn. Our gracious hosts had the fires and heaters lit for us and laid a delicious spread. We had a lovely time and even got a brief history lesson about the inn itself and explored the beautiful rooms upstairs.
Finally, we headed just up the road to the Century House Museum and Widow Jane Mine at the A.J. Snyder Estate, where we learned all about natural cement, from its geological origins with the formation of Pangea, to the end of natural cement mining in the 1940s, to the adaptive reuse of former cement mines for everything from growing mushrooms to escaping potential nuclear blasts.
We ended the day with a trek down to the Widow Jane Mine:
Did you miss out on this awesome tour? You can visit the Century House Museum, Hasbrouck Park, and the Ponckhockie Congregational Church yourself.
Century House Museum is open for guided tours, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sundays starting tomorrow, May 14, 2017, and the grounds are open for self-guided tours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.
Hasbrouck Park is open daily for self-guided tours. There are a number of trails to explore. The view from the top is spectacular!
The Ponckhockie Congregational Church is still an active church, so they're not generally open except on Sundays, but you can visit and hear their amazing 19th century organ every Sunday. Donations are always appreciated.
And of course you can visit (and stay at!) the 1850 House & Inn. The tavern is open Wednesday through Sunday at 4:00 PM and you can book a room any time.
If you are interested in other local history tours with HRMM, check out these upcoming options:
KINGSTON, NY – The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the election of its new Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, the museum’s governing body.
Returning Treasurer William Ryan is joined by a new slate of officers: President Robert Burhans; First Vice President Mark Peckham; Second Vice President Francesca Szabadi; and Secretary Dan Proctor.
Outgoing Board President Allan Bowdery expresses confidence in the future of the museum, its mission and goals. “With the election of this invigorated Executive Committee, this Board will be working in concert with our recently appointed Executive Director, Lisa Cline, who had served as Chief Operating Officer for the past year. The museum as a whole will continue to raise the bar, so to speak, for providing education and preservation of the history and vitality of the Hudson Valley region.”
Newly elected Board President Robert Burhans wants to thank outgoing Board officers, Allan Bowdery, Jack Weeks and Ian Westergren, for all of their hard work overseeing the dramatic growth of the museum during the last two years. He also is excited and looking forward to working with the new Executive Committee and with Executive Director Lisa Cline.
Executive Director Cline adds her enthusiasm for the upcoming 2017 season. “The staff, volunteers and Board members of the museum have been organizing an impressive array of classes in our Riverport Wooden Boat School; continuing restoration work on the sloop Woody Guthrie; completing renovations and upgrades to our campus facility; planning our ‘Follow the River’ Lecture and Film Series; and scheduling educational offerings, including the successful inauguration of our new monthly Sunday Family Program as well as our innovative Hudson River Stewards program.
We have a reinvigorated membership structure and an exciting February benefit evening with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. And of course, we are planning our annual Hudson River Day – Get Out on the River! event along with the First Annual Boatbuilding Challenge, both scheduled for Saturday, June 24.”
Robert L. Burhans – President
Bob Burhans retired in 2010 from the NYS Department of Health with 34 years of public and environmental health experience at both the State and local levels. After 9/11 he was appointed as New York’s first Director of Health Emergency Preparedness, leading the State’s efforts to prepare the public health and healthcare sectors to be ready to respond to health emergencies. Burhans is currently Senior Executive for Health Emergency Management for Tetra Tech EMCR and has been actively involved in the development of the NHSPI (National Health Security Preparedness Index). He is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Committee for the NHSPI, and has managed projects and programs with budgets ranging from $24,000 to $47.5 million.
First Vice President – Mark Peckham
Mark Peckham has recently retired from a long career in Historic Preservation, including serving in positions involved with urban conservation and architecture. From 1983 until 2015, he worked for the New York State Division for Historic Preservation in several capacities, and also was an Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission Member. He shares a great love for boating, paddling, sailing, wreck diving and has experience in building and sailing replicas. Peckham also counts writing, storytelling, drawing, painting and ship model restoration among his beloved hobbies.
Second Vice President – Francesca Szabadi
Francesca Szabadi, a resident of Hurley, is executive administrative officer and corporate secretary for the governing board of Rondout Savings Bank. Prior to this position, Szabadi was responsible for arts administration of the Al Held Foundation and Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry in association with Syracuse University, and is a 2015 graduate of the Ulster Leadership Development Institute. Szabadi has volunteered for various not-for-profits, including the United Way of Ulster County, and has served on the Mid-Hudson Advisory Committee for Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York. Not only is she a museum enthusiast, Szabadi is an avid rower and sits on the Board of the Rondout Rowing Club.
Treasurer – William Ryan
William Ryan brings over 31 years of senior level IBM management to the museum as well as his current expertise as Regional Director for AcBel Polytech Inc., a Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer. Born in Kingston, Ryan graduated from Kingston High School, and received his BS in Physics and MBA in Finance from Marist College. His current community board relationships, besides HRMM, include Director, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union; President, Hurley Cemetery Association; and Treasurer, Wiltwyck Hose Co. Ryan plays tennis, bikes and is a member of the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol. William Ryan remains in his HRMM Executive Committee position as Treasurer.
Secretary – Dan Proctor
Dan Proctor offers a demonstrated capability to manage organizational change, optimize organizational form to function, and lead as well as improve complex private and federal organizations. His consulting firm, Proctor Robbins, LLC, continues this support to both the public and private sector. Having received his BA in Economics from the University of Georgia, Proctor continued his studies and received his MBA in Organizational Design from George Mason University and then his MA in Strategic Studies at the US Naval War College. Serving for 10 years USN Enlisted, he was 17 years as an USN Officer, and retired in 2000 as a Commander/O5 which involved planning, resourcing and directing Special Warfare operations and centers worldwide.
KINGSTON, NY – The Hudson River Maritime Museum will host a special evening of dinner, music and dancing, featuring renowned musicians Jay Ungar and Molly Mason on Sunday, February 26, 2017, as a fitting culmination to the museum’s second annual membership drive.
The benefit evening will be held at Ole Savannah Southern Table & Bar in the historic Cornell Building, formerly the boiler shop of the Cornell Steamboat Company, which is located at 100 Rondout Landing, next to the museum on the historic Rondout Creek.
“Having such cherished musicians as Jay and Molly lead an evening filled with music and dancing is a huge honor,” notes Ellie Burhans, Social Media and Membership Coordinator. “Members are the life-blood of this museum, and we could not offer our educational programs for adults and children without our members’ financial and volunteer support.”
From 3:00pm to 5:00pm, the museum will host an open house in its Riverport Wooden Boat School to meet the shipwrights leading the “YouthBoat” education program for teens. Beginning at 4:00 pm guests can transition to Ole Savannah where a special buffet will be provided. Jay and Molly will perform throughout the evening until 7:00 pm.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum’s “Show the Museum Some Love” membership drive has set a goal of 100 new members to join the museum’s community. Throughout the month, the museum will offer special gift memberships sent with an exclusive bumper magnet and Valentines.
Tickers are on sale now! Tickets are $35 and include a complimentary Basic membership for the purchaser or to give as a gift.
For any questions on how to become a member or purchase tickets, please contact Ellie Burhans at email@example.com or call 845-338-0081 ext 19.
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.