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Half Moon Daily Log

On Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage up the river that now bears his name, 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 the what Hudson River Valley and its people were like during that September in 1609. It also tells us a lot about what Captain Hudson and his crew were like, and how they felt about what they were seeing.

Each day, we'll post entries from on board the Half Moon to let you see how our voyage is progressing as our student crew recreates Hudson's explorations. While waiting for our logs, you can track the 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 two legs of our Fall 2009 Voyage of Discovery parallel the expedition of the original Half Moon as it traveled up what the Dutch called the North River, culminating in the ship's fruitful arrival at the site of modern Albany.

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're doing on that day. We may adjust our itinerary slightly to accomodate shifting weather patterns, but will update the schedule below each day as it becomes finalized.

Date Travel Locations/Events
"Day 1/2":
September 8
NY400 Week begins; students board in evening at Battery Park, Manhattan, for first leg of the voyage.
September 9 Royal visit; shipcraft orientation begins; anchor at Gravesend Bay.
September 10 Visit by Frisian delegation; anchor at Bay Ridge Flats.
September 11 9/11 memorial; layover at Bay Ridge Flats.
September 12 NY400 Week events continue; dock at Atlantic Basin in Brooklyn.
September 13 NY400 Week culminates with Harbor Day flotilla; anchor off Yonkers.
September 14 Data collection for group science project; anchor at Haverstraw Bay.
September 15 Group science presentation; dock at King Marine, Verplanck.
September 16 First-leg students disembark in Verplanck; second-leg students board.
September 17 Student orientation begins; anchor off Kingston.
September 18

Anchor at Athens Channel; orientation continues.

September 19 Data collection layover at Athens Channel.
September 20 Data collection concludes; anchor at Schodack Creek.
September 21 Anchor at Henry Hudson Park; student presentations.
September 22 Half Moon arrives at Corning Preserve in Albany, NY at noon; students disembark.
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