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Day Five: Monday, September 13, 2010

0700 hours

Starting Position: Anchored on upper Haverstraw Bay.
Latitude: 41˚ 13.1' N
Longitude: 073˚ 56.2' W

The fifth and final day of the first leg of the Fall Voyage of Discovery.

The crew rises bright and early on Haverstraw Bay and rummages their gear one more time, breaking for breakfast at 0800 hours.

0830 hours

By midday, all of our current student crew members will be on their way north to Rensselaer, so this morning represents their last chance during the voyage to engage in any ship activities that interest them.

Jeanine, for example, wants to climb the rig into the main top. Ms. Waiboer accompanies her up the shrouds...

...to the main top, where Harmen and Mr. de Leeuw are already busy unfurling the sails.

0900 hours

Another activity of interest to many crew members is finding time for one more crew evaluation with the captain. We find Wouter and Lauren discussing the rigging with Mr. Burmester toward those ends.

Gabrielle is a little closer to that goal; she's next in line to see the captain, and is spending her last few minutes doublechecking the Dutch questions the captain is sure to ask.

Meanwhile, Dakota is up for review. He passes admirably, and becomes this voyage's first crew member to reach the vaunted rank of Watch Captain/Kwartiermeeser.

1000 hours

Unfortunately, our time for pursuing personal projects is quickly running out. We have a schedule to keep, and another full crew on their way to meet us at the King Marine dock. That means it's time to weigh anchor, and Lauren takes the helm.

Elsewhere, we've rotated the students into new positions so that everyone can experience the entire process of weighing anchor. Rianne and Jeanine are our primary lookouts and foredeck team during the procedure.

Ladies, insert your bars! Marije, Gabrielle, Kortnee, and Emily have come up from belowdecks to form our new capstan team.

Meanwhile, Brian is looking intense in his role as communicator.

On the orlop deck, Alyssa tends the starboard anchor rode, helping to pass it from the capstan back up to the forward bits.



Wouter and Mr. de Leeuw tend the rode at the lower capstan, preventing overrides.

Lastly, Mr. Lyke is ready at the bits while Dakota and Harmen fake the road.

1015 hours

Put your backs into it, capstan team!

Mouse over to walk the capstan one last time.

Mr. Van Aken and Mr. Burmester stand at the ready to assist on the capstan before moving up to the foredeck. With a few more turns on the capstan, we break the anchor away from the bottom and haul it to the surface.

1045 hours

Once the foredeck and forechannel teams have the anchor secured, the crew finishes faking the rode. We are now underway, with our destination literally just around the bend.

Mouse over to help Jeanine!
Jeanine pours cake batter from a bowl into a pan.

Meanwhile, on galley duty, we find Jeanine making a birthday cake. Who's it for?

Harmen is at the helm.

1130 hours

Harmen is at the helm as we close in on the final destination of our student crew's voyage.

Dakota and Alyssa look out over King Marine from the main top.

King Marine has provided the Half Moon with winter berthing for well over a decade, and we're always happy to see it again.

Since we're rapidly approaching the dock, it's time for our rig teams to return to the deck.

We run out our mooring lines and keep them at the ready as we close in on the dock. We soon spot Ms. Niehaus and Mr. Prime waiting for us dockside to assist with our lines.

But who are all those people over on shore? That hearty crowd must be our new crew, having arrived a touch ahead of schedule!

1145 hours

We cast over our lines and deploy the protective fenders as the ship makes its final approach to the dock.

1200 hours

Ending Position: Docked at King Marine in Verplanck, NY.
Latitude: 41˚ 15.5' N
Longitude: 073˚ 57.8' W

The Half Moon is quickly and securely docked at King Marine. For our existing crew, the Voyage of Discovery is nearly over.

With the ship in place, our new crew members proceed out onto the dock, carting their gear along with them.

We have a few vital matters to attend to before we can release our current crew, however. Having successfully completed their Voyage of Discovery and officially qualified as full crew members, all of our students receive orange crew shirts in an official ceremony. Captain Reynolds offers everyone a high five once they're clad in "the orange." You can visit the Crew page to see each student receive their official shirt.

The second vital matter: Lunch. With our Dutch crew members having treated us to two traditional Netherlands meals, we want to send our new Frisian friends off with an example of classic American cuisine: hamburgers and hot dogs!

1215 hours

The Frisian students are actually quite excited to try American hot dogs, believe it or not!

The galley team brings up lunch while the rest of the crew relays their voluminous gear from the orlop deck to the weather deck.

Meanwhile, the new crew has been patiently waiting to board...

...along with their massive pile of pads, bags, and waterproof containers.

With no further delay, we start escorting our new sailors on board.

1230 hours

With 24 crew members already on board, and yet another 18 people joining us for lunch, one might understand that the weather deck quickly becomes rather crowded.

But there's still room for one more! Longtime friend and benefactor of the ship, Corey Cumming, has come down for a visit us during our brief layover.

She's also come to celebrate her 80th birthday! We bring the cake Jeanine made this morning up on deck and serve slices to everybody. Ms. Cumming steps on board and immediately finds herself flanked by her new fan club.

1300 hours

With lunch over and the cake gobbled up, the time has come at last for our Frisian and Rensselaer students to return to dry land. They transfer their gear to the dock and step ashore for the first time in nearly a week.

Farewell to Alyssa, Brian, Dakota, Emily, Gabrielle, Harme, Jeanine, Kortnee, Lauren, Marije, Rianne, and Wouter! We haven't seen the last of them, however. For the next week, the Frisian students will attend classes at Rensselaer Junior Senior High School with their new friends, and they'll all be joining us on board once again for the Half Moon's arrival at Albany on September 17th. See you then, and our warmest congratulations!

Next Time: Today's Log Continues!

Robert Juet's Journal

d'Halve Maen continues four miles upriver in the morning, then sets anchor to wait out the ebb tide. While waiting, they trade for oysters with the local Lenape. Once the tide turns to the flood again in the afternoon, they sail another eight miles or so before anchoring for the night, most likely at the southern end of Haverstraw Bay. The "high point of Land" Juet sees is the highlands beyond what is now Tarrytown.

On September 13th, 1609:

The thirteenth, faire weather, the wind Northerly. At seuen of the clocke in the morning, as the floud came we weighed, and turned foure miles into the Riuer. The tide being done wee anchored. Then there came foure Canoes aboord: but suffered none of them to come into our ship. They brought great store of very good Oysters aboord, which wee bought for trifles. In the night I set the variation of the Compasse, and found it to be 13.degrees. In the after-noone we weighed, and turned in with the floud, two leagues and a halfe further, and anchored all night, and had fiue fathoms soft Ozie ground, and had an high point of Land, which shewed out to vs, bearing North by East seuen leagues off vs.

Robert Juet's Journal.

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