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Half Moon Ship's Log

On Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage up 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. It also tells us a lot about what Captain Hudson and his crew were like, and how they felt about what they were seeing.

Each day, we'll post dispatches from on board the Half Moon to let you see how our voyage is progressing as our student crew recreates Hudson's explorations. While waiting for our logs, you can track the progress of the original 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.)

The two legs of our Fall Voyage of Discovery parallel the expedition of the original d'Halve Maen as it traveled up what Dutch settlers would soon call the North River, culminating in the ship's fruitful arrival at the site of modern Albany on September 19th, 1609.

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 log entries below as they appear to see what we're doing on that day. Note that we may occasionally alter a planned course to take shifting weather patterns into account.

Leg 1, Day 1 Events: The Voyage Begins! | Sailing Haverstraw Bay | First Evening On Board

Leg 1, Day 2 Events: Morning Sail | Gravesend Bay | Afternoon Orientation

Leg 1, Day 3 Events: Weighing Anchor | Entering the Narrows | Data Collection Layover | Evening at Bay Ridge Flats

Leg 1, Day 4 Events: Into the Hudson River | Return of the Sun | Working Aloft | Evening at Haverstraw Bay

Leg 1, Day 5 Events: Crunch Time at Haverstraw Bay | Alarums and Excursions | Research Presentations | A Crackling Conclusion

Leg 1, Day 6 Events: A Fortuitous Start | Back to Home Port
Leg 2, Day 1 Events: Fresh Faces | The Voyage Begins | The Hudson Highlands | Newburgh Anchorage

Leg 2, Day 2 Events: Weighing Anchor | Aloft on the Lange Rack | Sailing Off Kingston | Kingston Anchorage

Leg 2, Day 3 Events: Hitting a Snag | Arrival at Cementon | Research Projects Begin | Afternoon Expeditions

Leg 2, Day 4 Events: A Casual Start | Working Under Sail | Athens Channel Arrival

Leg 2, Day 5 Events: Making Landfall | Data Collection | Number Crunching | Lowering the Main

Leg 2, Day 6 Events: Foggy Recollections | Crunch Time | Team Presentations | Last Night On Board

Leg 2, Day 7 Events: Old Salts | Onward to Albany | Journey's End | Arrivals and Farewells

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