Sailing on the Hudson: Ship to Shore

In celebration of Aimee’s 30th birthday, I decided to take her on an excursion….a sailing excursion.  Could it be possible to find a (resonably) affordable way of taking to the Hudson River in a sailboat and doing minimal environmental damage? Impossible you smirk?

No; in fact it is possible.  Thanks to Pete Seager (yes, that Pete Seager)’s efforts.  In 1969, he decided to build/ fund the building of a reproduction of a 18th century sloop….one like the kind that used to sail the Hudson River during the time of the Dutch settlers.  A combined effort to rebond community members to their river as a public (not just private and commercial) space and to raise awareness about environmental issues of the Hudson Valley.  At the time, the Rondout Creek and the Hudson River in general were wastelands with dumping going on as a matter of course.

So…..onto that sloop we went!:

Sailing on the Hudson, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos. 

 

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Sailing on the Hudson, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

 

The tugboat collection we passed on our way back up Rondout Creek. There was a party of friends having dinner and wine out on the deck of the brightly colored tug. Apparently, one of them owns and lives on that tug while working to restore the rest of his fleet of tugboats.

Rondout Creek-tugboat collection, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

A shot of the rest of his tugboat collection.  There were also a few more tugs further down the Creek that appeared to be from (much) earlier generations…..and were in a (much) greater state of disrepair.

Kingston Lighthouse, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Here’s some shots we took from the boat of the area we sailed through as well as some of the other sailboats that were out on the Hudson.  Everyone was very friendly…most people who passed us waved hello…including the zippy jetskiis.

Sailing on the Hudson, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

The Clearwater has a program that aims to get women and teen girls the opportunity to sail and learn about working on a sailing crew.  The participants can spend either a week onboard the Clearwater helping out the staff or an entire summer if they are picked for staff.  The woman in the blue t-shirt was our captain.  Also, notice the head of the keel steer….one of the people on the boat said that an artisan friend of theirs who lives in Kingston, NY carved that for the sloop.

Sailing on the Hudson, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

 

In both of these shots, the main sail is tacked down and has not been raised yet.  Notice the wooden pulleys and also the wooden rings that connect the sail to the mast in the latter photo:

Sailing on the Hudson, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Three of these people are volunteers and the rest are crew members.  Here the back sail has been raised.  Notice the wooden rings on the mast…..pretty neat eh?:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ship to Shore Restaurant serves a filling and very fresh brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday. Its run (as their menu, website, door and signs!) will tell you, by graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.That mysterious red drink is a Kir Royale…… I had a mimosa with eggs benedict…served here with perfectly prepared hollandaise sauce and pancetta, in place of ordinary ham, over peasant bread. The peasant bread was an interesting twist and it went well with the other elements. One complaint: skimpy on the home fries and I felt like they should give 2 slices of the peasant bread or at least some muffins/ bread for the table….I was a little underfed with this dish.

Ship to Shore Restaurant-Kingston, NY, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

My dish, the beauty shot:

Ship to Shore Restaurant-Kingston, NY, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

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Before sailing, we did a little antique hunting and poking around in the cute town of Kingston. It was settled by Dutch explorers……who….apparently had a lot of praying to do…..here:

Kingston, NY, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Here:

Kingston, NY, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

And again here:

Kingston, NY, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

We passed about 6/7 churches on our short walk in just the downtown area.(!!!) Some had been made over into private homes….A more scary oneh though was abandoned and had giant “watch out, move to other sidewalk signs” in front of it….um, uh, but only viewable AFTER you passed in front of the church. Guess Kingston folk don’t believe in personal injury lawsuits.

View from the middle of the Kingston Bridge over Rondout Creek and looking toward the Catskills in the background. Great weather, about 70 degrees.

Kingston, NY, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

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Ship to Shore
15 West Strand Street
Kingston, NY  12401
Hours: 9am-11pm, 7 days a week
Tel.: 845.334.8887
Website: http://www.shiptoshorehudsonvalley.com/

Clearwater Sloop
112 Little Market St.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tel.: 845.454.7964 ext. 107
Fax: 845.454.7953
Website: http://www.clearwater.org/memsail.html

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