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Half Moon Daily Log

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.

Although the original d'Halve Maen never visited the Connecticut River, Hudson's voyage did lead to the Dutch explorer Adrien Block's exploration of Long Island Sound in 1611. In 2010, we on the Half Moon have returned to the region to continue re-exploring the original borders of the New Netherland colony. Our Voyage of Discovery will take us out into Long Island Sound and then up the Connecticut River, culminating in the ship's ceremonious arrival at the student crew's very doorstep, the campus of the Connecticut River Academy campus at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT.

Each day, post entries from on board the Half Moon to let you see how our voyage has progressed. You can also track the progress of the original VOC d'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.)

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 the dates below as we add links to see what we're doing on that day.

2010 Fresh River Voyage of Discovery
Date Travel Locations/Events
October 10th Students board Half Moon at New London; anchor at Niantic Bay.
October 11th Sailing; orientation begins; anchor off Duck Island Roads.
October 12th Data collection begins; enter Connecticut River; dock at Old Lyme.
October 13th Data collection concludes; dock at East Haddam.
October 14th Student presentations; dock at Glastonbury.
October 15th Arrival at Connecticut River Academy; students disembark.
ProLog: Albany, NY to New London, CT
Date Travel Locations/Events
October 2nd Half Moon departs Albany at dawn; travels to Newburgh Bay.
October 3rd Travel to New York Harbor; some crew departs.
October 4th Travel through East River and Hell Gate.
October 5th Refuel; enter Long Island Sound; switch to 24-hour operation.
October 6th Sail handling; set anchor at Niantic Bay.
October 7th Half Moon arrives at New London.
EpiLog: East Hartford, CT to Verplanck, NY
Date Travel Locations/Events
November 2nd Half Moon departs East Hartford; begin 24-hour operation; enter Long Island Sound.
November 3rd Pass through East River; sail handling; Half Moon reaches Verplanck.
November 4th Crew moves Half Moon inside King Marine dock; begin winterization.
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