Half Moon Daily Log

On Henry Hudson's voyage up the Hudson, one of his officers, Robert Juet, kept a log of the ship's navigational record and other observations. This journal is now a valuable source of information about what the Hudson River Valley and its people were like during that September in 1609. It also tells us a lot about what Hudson and his crewmates were like, and how they felt about what they were seeing.

Every day, we will post entries from on board the Half Moon to let you know how our voyage is progressing. While waiting for our 2005 logs, you can click the links below to track the parallel progress of the original Half Moon in 1609, as presented in the journal of Robert Juet. (Juet's original spelling has been preserved; note that English spelling in the 17th century did not follow the standardized rules we use today.)

The first leg of our Voyage of Discovery (September 13th through 19th) parallels that of the original Half Moon as it traveled up the river. However, we enjoyed a much longer stay in the Albany area than Hudson did. By October 17th, 1609, the Half Moon had already put to sea and was on its way back home to Europe. Thus, note that the journal entries referenced during our second leg come from September 23rd through the 28th, 1609, presenting the first week of the Half Moon's journey back downriver.

We hope these logs, both past and present, will help you learn about what we're discovering, and something about us, too. Check back often!

Click on one of the dates, below, to see what we were doing on that day.

First Leg
September 13 September 16 September 18
September 14 September 17 September 19
September 15    
Second Leg
October 17 October 19 October 21
October 18 October 20 October 22