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Meet the Crew

You can either scroll through these pages or click on a face to jump directly to that crew member. At the end of the voyage, mouse over the portraits of our new crew members to see them receive their official shirts!

Captain William ReynoldsKipp Van AkenEduard van BreenDiane CareyPauli DangerousliLori DucharmeNancy Jean FoxKristin DaleyEwout van GrondelleTom HogartyMichael KassnerJohn Majdan
John W. Mangrum
Steve McLaughlinAnn Marie MoloneyJohn MontagueRichard MyersPatrick NoonanDavid PudlinTony RavinskyAlexander SharpeAnita WaiboerGale WhitbeckJames Whitbeck

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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.

Crew member Eduard van Breen

Eduard van Breen
Starboard Watch

Ever since he was a Dutch boy, Eduard van Breen read of the heroics of his nation's 17th century VOC. Maritime history and sailing have been his passion. A professional career on four continents allowed him to sail many of the world's seas and many that carried the original d'Halve Maen from Texel to Jacarta. He is determined to plot the entire course of the original Halve Maen. What a keel! And how great it is that we can experience her character today through the prism of time!

Crew member Diane Carey

Diane Carey
Starboard Watch

Diane Carey is a watch officer and training & safety officer for several tall ships, including the Virginia, Lettie G. Howard, Highlander Sea, Californian, Pride of Baltimore II, and of course the Half Moon! She came to the Half Moon 15 years ago as Captain Reynolds' first watch leader; she had sailed with the captain previously on the Schooner Alexandria. She is a professional writer & lives in Michigan.

Crew member Pauli Dangerousli

Pauli Dangerousli
Starboard Watch Leader

This is Pauli Dangerousli's third year with the Half Moon. He accounts himself a sailor, a musician, a healer, and a philosopher.

Crew member Lori Ducharme

Lori Ducharme
Starboard Watch

Originally from Rochester, NY and most recently Vermont, Lori lucked onto the Half Moon through a contra-dancing friend. She has returned for her second transit voyage this year.

Crew member Nancy Jean Fox

Nancy Jean Fox
Starboard Watch

Nancy Jean Fox works at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, volunteers for the local fire department in Rockville, enjoys painting, and has an eccentric Siamese named Bradley. Nancy Jean enjoys any time aboard the Halve Maen.

Crew member 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.

Crew member Bob Hansen

Ralf Hensel

Ralf Hensel is a cabinetmaker and Cultural Scientist M.A. He hails from Frisia, Germany, on the North Sea coast. He met the ship’s former boatswain, Janine Oosterloo, and so heard about the possibility to volunteer on the Half Moon. He had sailed before on the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Mediterranean, but never before on such a beautiful ship — so he took his chance! This marks his third Voyage of Discovery.

Crew member Tom Hogarty

Tom Hogarty
Starboard Watch

Tom Hogarty is from Chester, CT. This is his first voyage aboard the Half Moon. Tom will never pass up an opportunity to sail anywhere, anytime. "What a fabulous opportunity!"

Crew member Michael Kassner

Michael Kassner
Port Watch

Michael Kassner is from Brooklyn, NY. This is his first time on the Half Moon; he needed one last adventure before the winter. Michael is looking forward to the trip.

Crew member John S. Majdan

John S. Majdan
Starboard Watch

John S. Majdan is a U.S. Army veteran (after having served a year in the War in Afghanistan) and he is taking the opportunity to go on board the Half Moon while he transitions to a new career. He's lived in Greater Hartford, Connecticut all his life and he's the view of his home he's most appreciated is that from the water from which it was founded. Thus, it's a privilege and an honor to be able to travel with fellow enthusiasts to pay tribute to the early Dutch explorers who risked their lives to help found our country.

Crew member 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.

Crew member Steve McLaughlin

Steve McLaughlin

Steve McLaughlin loves to cook and has wanted to crew on the Half Moon since his daughter sailed on a Voyage of Discovery six years ago. Recently retired from the N.Y.S. Department of Health, Mr. McLaughlin has eagerly returned for yet another voyage.

Crew member Ann Marie Moloney

Ann Marie Moloney
Port Watch

Ann Marie Moloney is a retired detective from the N.Y.P.D. This is her first voyage with the Half Moon. She wishes all her friends still with "the job" a hearty hahaha!

Crew member John Montague

John Montague
Port Watch

John Montague is from the Buffalo Maritime Center. He is a boat builder, sailor, and maritime painter interested in New York State history.

Crew member Richard Myers

Richard Myers

Richard Myers is retired and a resident of Fonda, NY.

Crew member Patrick Noonan

Patrick Noonan
Port Watch Leader

Returning for a second season aboard the Half Moon, this former Coast Guardsman hails from the Connecticut River (Northampton MA). He is pursuing his longtime childhood dream of sailing on a tall ship, and is currently employed by UPS at the Bradley Air Hub in Windsor Locks, CT. Patrick is the father of three and grandfather of Christopher and Benjamin, potential future Half Moon sailors.

Crew member David Pudlin

David Pudlin
Starboard Watch

David Pudlin is currently a consultant in the humanities and a bit of politics. Until a few years ago he was in state politics, and a union organizer before that. He has also been the proud father of Sam & Jake for 18 and 21 years, respectively.

Crew member Tom Ravinsky

Tony Ravinsky
Port Watch

Tony Ravinsky has lived his whole life by the Hudson River. He was born and raised in Hastings-on-Hudson, then moved to Poughkeepsie after college. He and his wife Anna have been sailing out of Chelsea Yacht Club for over 23 years, and have always loved the Hudson River. Mr. Ravinsky loves photographing the sailboats and ships on the Hudson and the places along the river.

Crew member Alexander Sharpe

Alexander Sharpe
Port Watch

Alexander Sharpe is a student from NYC. His main interests are sailing and photography. He has sailed on a variety of vessels, including the barque Europa and the schooner Pioneer. He also enjoys traveling and playing guitar.

Crew member Anita Waiboer

Anita Waiboer

Hallo, mijn naam is Anita Waiboer. Ik kom uit Nederland. Back home, Anita Waiboer is a P.S. teacher. She arrived in Albany on August 9th to work on the Half Moon, and thinks the first weeks on this beautiful ship have been wonderful. She is looking forward to sailing with the students. It's a very unique experince and one of the best choices she's made in her life. Hope to see you soon on the Half Moon!

Crew member Gale Whitbeck

Gale Whitbeck
Port Watch

Gale Whitbeck is an educator of Dutch/Mohawk descent. She present programs to school groups on the native perspective of the colonization of the Americas.

Crew member James Whitbeck

James Whitbeck
Port Watch

James Whitbeck is an artist from western Massachusetts. He has a great interest in 17th century Dutch history, especially for New Netherland, so he is looking forward to this old-time adventure.

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