The Half Moon is an authentic reproduction of the ship used by Henry Hudson when he first sailed up what later became known as the Hudson River.
Built in 1989 in Albany, New York, to commemorate the Dutch role in the exploration and colonization of America, the 85-foot replica operates as a floating museum and has a volunteer crew of 15.
Anchored in Verplanck, New York, and run by the New Netherlands Museum, the ship welcomes visitors on selected weekends, is available for chartering and also visits various tall ship events to give the public a sense of what sailing was like during the days of the original vessel in the early 1600s.
But the Half Moon had to be put in dry dock earlier this year, when Akzo Nobel donated a number of products to help protect the ship’s hull, including five gallons of coal tar epoxy and 10 gallons of antifouling.
Commissioned for the Dutch East India Company in 1609, the original Half Moon sailed out of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, when Englishman Hudson was hired to search for a passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
He thought he had found that passageway when he sailed up the river that was later named after him.
The full-scale Half Moon replica, which has six sails on three masts, is equipped with six cannons and four anchors. Itis operated like a floating time machine and is still sailed in the styleused byHudson’s crew 400 years ago.
(Released: December 11, 2002)