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On Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage on 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, a full four centuries ago. 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. While waiting for our 2009 logs, you can track the progress of the original VOC Halve Maen 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.) Unlike our standard practice for the Fall Voyage of Discovery, the journal entries presented here will not exactly match the corresponding date 400 years past; by the second week of October 1609, the Halve Maen had already set out for home and was several days to sea. Instead, we'll present Juet's entries from September 23rd onward, comprising the ship's return 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 as we add links to see what we're doing on that day. We may adjust our itinerary as needed to accomodate shifting weather patterns, but will update the schedule below each day as it becomes finalized.

Date Travel Locations/Events
ProLog On September 30th, the Half Moon travels from Albany to Athens to prepare for the upcoming voyage.
October 9th Students board Half Moon at Athens, NY; anchor off Cementon.
October 10th Orientation begins; anchor off the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge.
October 11th Orientation concludes; anchor off the Palisades.
October 12th Data collection begins at Kill Van Kull, Staten Island, NY.
October 13th Data collection layover at Kill Van Kull, Staten Island, NY.
October 14th Anchor off the Palisades; student presentations.
October 15th Half Moon arrives at Yonkers, NY, at noon; students disembark.
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