On August 18th, 2022, the Hudson River Maritime Museum is taking its 100% solar-powered tour boat to Catskill for a one-night-only maritime history tour focused on Greene County.
Solaris is the only 100% solar-powered commercial passenger vessel approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for educational and private tours in the United States. The boat runs entirely without fossil fuel, and can travel up to 50 miles at night without the use of her solar panels. Built in 2018 by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Solaris is a fully-operational example of the future of renewable energy transportation.
Usually docked at the Kingston Waterfront in Kingston, NY, Solaris is sailing north on August 18th as part of the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s “Riverwise” program.
This program was originally designed in response to the limitations of COVID, one of the many innovative reinventions by museums and educational institutions in the Hudson Valley. Throughout the summer of 2020, Solaris sailed from Albany to New York City, stopping at ports and points of interest along the way. The public was able to follow the tour boat by the interactive map and captain’s log on the museum’s website, as well as engage with livestreams, videos, photos, activities, and blog posts shared along the way.
The “Riverwise” program continues today as a way of sharing the maritime history of the Hudson Valley with more distant ports of call - locations such as Catskill, where Solaris will be offering tours in August. The tours will include an informal chat with Greene County historian Jon Palmer, who will talk about the specific history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the related industries in the Catskills region.
Those interested in reserving a seat on Solaris for the evening of August 18th should do so in advance, as both tours and seating is limited. The tours will set sail from Dutchman’s Landing Park in Catskill, NY at 6pm and then again at 7:30pm. Each tour is an hour long. Tickets are a flat fee of $20 per person, and can be purchased in advance through the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s website, www.hrmm.org.
To learn more about the Hudson River Maritime Museum or Solaris, visit www.hrmm.org. To learn about the “Riverwise” program, visit www.hudsonriverwise.org.
“RiverWise” Voyage Departs Thursday, August 13, 2020
Maritime Museum’s Educational Voyage Makes Stops From Kingston To NYC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Kingston, NY – Are you RiverWise? Carbon-neutral vessels Solaris, of the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and Schooner Apollonia depart the museum’s Kingston, NY docks around 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2020 for the RiverWise: South Hudson Voyage. Over the next nine days they will travel to New York City, making stops in Hudson Valley communities each night. The two vessels will spend two days exploring New York Harbor, before returning up the Hudson River to Kingston.
The schedule is as follows:
On the evening of Thursday, August 20, 2020, Solaris and Apollonia will be joined by several vessels from Classic Harbor Line for a fleet sail to the Statue of Liberty and Battery Park. Vessels are expected to arrive at the Statue of Liberty around 6:30 PM and Battery Park by 7:30 PM. Visitors are encouraged to view the vessels from shore or purchase tickets for the trip aboard Classic Harbor Lines vessels. For ticket information, please visit www.sail-nyc.com.
Spectators are encouraged to view the vessels from shore at a variety of public park locations throughout the Hudson Valley. These parks are highlighted on the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s interactive map of the Hudson River, which includes historical information and photos of a variety of landmarks, including lighthouses, shipwrecks, historic sites, and more. The interactive map will also be updated throughout the day with times and locations of the vessels for the duration of the trip.
All public programs will be done virtually. When the vessels are in port, no shore programs will be provided and visitors will please refrain from gathering in groups and practice social distancing at ports and parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Daily updates of the voyage, including live video, blog posts, and links, will be posted on the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/hudsonrivermaritimemuseum. The public is invited to like the museum’s page to be notified of updates. Daily updates will also be posted at the end of the day, along with additional history articles, on the RiverWise website’s Captains’ Log at www.hudsonriverwise.org/log.
The South Hudson Voyage is part of a broader effort the museum calls “RiverWise.” During the voyage museum staff and crew will collect film footage, conduct interviews, and produce short films, photos, and social media content to teach the general public about the Hudson River and allow them to experience it in real-time, as the crew does, from the comfort of their own homes.
After the voyage, museum staff will process the hundreds of hours of film footage collected on both voyages and begin to create short documentary films about the Hudson River and its history, with emphasis on the four themes highlighted this year – lighthouses, shipbuilding, towing, and sail freight.
The museum is seeking donations to support both the voyage and the documentary films.
The South Hudson Voyage is funded by individual donations and sponsorships. Mid-Hudson Federal Credit Union has sponsored in part Solaris, Apollonia, and the documentary films on Hudson River shipbuilding. The Daley Family Foundation has sponsored Apollonia. General support comes from the many individuals who have donated to the by-the-mile voyage campaign through PledgeIt. The North Hudson Voyage was sponsored in part by the Phelan Family Foundation, Ann Loeding, David Eaton, and the many individuals who donated to the PledgeIt campaign. Additional funding for both campaigns has been provided by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
The museum is still seeking sponsorships to help cover the costs of the South Hudson Voyage as well as this year’s four documentary film themes – lighthouses, tugboats and towing, shipbuilding, and sail freight. If you would like to support the South Hudson Voyage and the museum’s documentary films, please visit www.hudsonriverwise.org/support for more information on sponsorship and donation opportunities.
About the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Located along the historic Rondout Creek in downtown Kingston, N.Y., the Hudson River Maritime Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries. HRMM opened the Wooden Boat School in 2016 and the Sailing & Rowing School in 2017. In 2019 the museum launched the 100% solar-powered tour boat Solaris. www.hrmm.org
About Solaris. Solaris was built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s restoration crew under the direction of Jim Kricker. Solaris is the only US Coast Guard-approved 100% solar-powered passenger vessel in the United States. It does not plug in. Designed by marine architect Dave Gerr from a concept developed by David Borton, owner of Sustainable Energy, Solaris is commercial in design, meeting all U.S. Coast Guard regulations for commercial passenger-carrying vessels. www.hrmm.org/meet-solaris
About the Schooner Apollonia. The Apollonia is the Hudson Valley’s largest carbon-neutral merchant vessel. Powered by the wind and used vegetable oil, Apollonia can transport her cargo sustainably. This mission-driven, for-profit business has a transparent and reproducible business model - to provide carbon-neutral transportation for shelf-stable local foods and products. Connecting the traditions of slow food, fair trade, and carbon neutrality, we will inspire and train a new generation of Hudson River stewards and create green living-wage jobs in the growing river-based economy. www.schoonerapollonia.com
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