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In 1609, Captain Henry Hudson's Voyage of Discovery on board the original d'Halve Maen led to the establishment of New Netherland, a geographically vast Dutch colony that stretched from Delaware Bay, through the Hudson River, and on to the Connecticut River. The Dutch called the Delaware River the South River; the Hudson was known as the North River, and the Connecticut was the Fresh River. For half a century, the Fresh River fostered a unique mix of three distinct cultures: native Indians, Dutch traders, and English settlers.

Although the original d'Halve Maen never visited the Fresh River, we on the Replica Ship Half Moon enjoy re-exploring the Three Rivers of New Netherland. In association with the Connecticut River Academy and Goodwin College of East Hartford, Connecticut, we have again returned to the "Fresh River" to gather two eager crews of students on a journey of exploration. Join us as our student crews learn about history and the natural world all around them.

Ship's LogShip's Log

The complete Ship's Log is our way of letting you know each day's events.

Meet the CrewMeet the Crew

Stop by the Crew rosters to meet our sailing scholars and the rest of the crew of the Half Moon.

Learning PagesLearning Pages

The Learning Pages are where we post information about our new nautical skills and scientific studies.

Track Our CourseTrack Our Course

Track the Half Moon with an archive of our entire voyage.

Contact Us on Shipboard Learn More
We're always eager to hear from you. Click here to contact the captain or crew, or click here to contact the web master directly. Our online access on the water is limited, so please keep messages small.
For information about our ship, including our past Voyages of Discovery and activities related to this voyage, please visit the rest of the Half Moon web site.

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