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AbigailBenBrandonDanteErinGraceIzzyIsisJasonMattSofiaTaylorCaptain William Reynolds
Kipp Van AkenErik BergMarion Bruijn & Nico GansEliot ChaseKees CollensKristin DaleyEwout van GrondelleBob HansenPeter HouriganRachel LauferJohn W. MangrumWoody Woodworth

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William Reynolds, Ship's Captain

William Reynolds: Ship's Captain

Captain William "Chip" Reynolds has been captain of the Half Moon and Director of the New Netherland Museum since 1998. Before coming to the Half Moon, he captained numerous seagoing vessels, both historical and industrial. His background also includes training and work in the environmental sciences. He currently lives with his family in Selkirk, NY, and is looking forward to seeing the new student crew meet the challenges this Voyage of Discovery places before them.

Senior crewmember Kipp Van Aken

Kipp Van Aken

Kipp Van Aken is serving as the Half Moon's chief engineer. Mr. Van Aken has a background in history, anthropology, and business, is a graduate of Hope College, and holds an MBA. He is a veteran of the US Navy Submarine Force and is retired from Southern California Edison's San Onofre Nuclear Station. He is a direct descendant of three early Dutch families in New York and is an original shareholder of the ship.

Senior crewmember Erik Berg

Erik Berg

When Erik Berg last joined the Half Moon in 2005, he was sailing on a big sailing ship called de Swan fan Makken. Since then, he sailed for three years on a two-masted clipper, de Samenwerking (the "Working Together"), serving as the ship's captain for the final year. Later, he spent two months training to become a carpenter, and most recently has started a business for himself and sailed all kinds of sailing ships.

Senior crewmembers Marion Bruijn & Nico Gans

Marion Bruijn & Nico Gans

Marion Bruijn & Nico Gans live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This is their first trip on the Half Moon, but spend their summers as sailing instructors on small open boats in the province of Friesland.

Marion, 68, is a self-employed pharmacist and business consultant; she currently teaches pharmacotherapy to medical students at the University of Amsterdam.

Nico, 63, recently retired as a mediator and consultant in the field of health care insurance. He has a background in law and economics.

Senior crewmember Eliot Chase

Eliot Chase

Eliot Chase is a teacher at the Masters School. He has returned for his second Voyage of Discovery, an amazing journey he is honored to be a part of. When not going down rivers, he loves to hike, read, and drink tea.

Senior crewmember Kees Collens

Kees Collens

Kees Collens was born in the Netherlands on September 1st, 1987. This marks the second time he's been on the Half Moon. He first sailed as a student on the 1999 Fall Voyage of Discovery, and has now returned as a member of the senior crew. On his 1999 voyage, as the Half Moon traveled upriver, the crew found themselves forced to battle Hurricane Floyd, but now Mr. Collens is back to celebrate 400 years of the Halve Maen.

Senior crewmember Kristen Daley

Kristen Daley

Krissy Daley is very excited to be cooking and a part of the Half Moon crew. Having already joined the crew for the ship's recent voyage from Athens to Staten Island, she is happy to call the Hudson River & the Half Moon her home for the next month. Ms. Daley is from Hyde Park, NY, and is delighted to be sleeping on deck, under the stars, nightly.

Senior crewmember Ewout van Grondelle

Ewout van Grondelle

Ewout van Grondelle, serving this year as the Half Moon's bosun and ship manager, first set foot on a sailing boat at age 13. He enjoyed sailing so much that he ended up 24 years later on a replica Dutch ship on the Hudson River. He went from sail instructor at sailing schools to mate and skipper on sailing barges. In the last few years he has been sailing as bosun on the bark Europa (external link) across the Atlantic ocean between Amsterdam and Antarctica.

On shore, Mr. Van Grondelle has a background in hospitality, tourism, and software engineering. He has a house in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, which he sees very little of.

Senior crewmember Bob Hansen

Bob Hansen

Ship's mate Bob Hansen started sailing on the Hudson on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater; later, on two engineless sloops. Since the 1990s, he has served as a volunteer and mate on the schooners Spirit of Massachuesetts and Ernestina, as well as other vessels.

Having recently retired from a career as a self-styled "bureaucrat" with the New York State government, Mr. Hansen has now turned his attention to serving as second-in-command on board the Half Moon.


Senior crewmember Peter Hourigan

Peter Hourigan

Peter Hourigan is in his fourth year as a teacher at the Masters School. He feels priviledged to be part of this, his second Half Moon Voyage of Discovery. When at home he enjoys time with his wife Lizzie and his daughter Ella.

Senior crewmember Rachel Laufer

Rachel Laufer

Rachel Laufer first came to the Half Moon as a docent in 1999, then joined the crew as a student on the April 2000 Voyage of Discovery; she has continued to work on the ship ever since. Now that she has graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in American History and therefore has a free summer, she is thrilled to again have the chance to work on the ship for the 400th anniversary schedule.

Senior crewmember John W. Mangrum

John W. Mangrum

Originally hailing from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, John W. Mangrum holds one of the most anachronistic positions the crew of a 17th-century wooden sailing ship could imagine: the Half Moon's webmaster. Seldom seen in front of the camera, the self-titled "Ship's Chronicler" oversees the daily updates to this website during our voyages. A roleplaying game designer in a past life, Mr. Mangrum is now wrapping up his seventh year of voyages aboard the Half Moon. What started as a simple, impromptu dockside tour of the ship has since turned into a life of adventure.

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Shore supporter Woody Woodworth

Woody Woodworth

Woody Woodworth has a home in Schenectady, NY. He has worked as a professional photographer for three decades. He joined the Half Moon in 1998 and is best known for keeping the ship's head working.

Mr. Woodworth helped us on Day One to help prepare the ship for our departure from Athens.

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