On March 5, the Half Moon once again emerged into daylight, looking a bit like a bear emerging from hibernation. Once the river's ice had thawed, it was time to return the Half Moon to the Hudson. On March 27th, Half Moon volunteers and the Scaranos crew delicately settled the ship back into the water.
But really, we should let the pictures speak for themselves. Mouse over the images to the right to chart the ship's progress across the shipyard. These are large images, so give them time to load.
You can also view videos, stories, and photos courtesy of our local newspapers (external links):
Albany Times Union
Fred LeBrun aboard the Half Moon.
Currents of history. Fred LeBrun story and Paul Bukowski photos.
400 years: A grand perspective. Paul Grondahl story.
Half Moon replica ship leaves the Scarano Boat Building yards. Mike McMahon video.
In the week following the ship's return to the river, the Half Moon crew will return the masts to their positions. On April 4th-5th, the Half Moon will officially launch its Quadricentennial season with a shakedown voyage to Peckham Materials in Athens, NY. Once in Athens, we will be able to more flexibly accomodate interested volunteers for a few additional weeks of maintenance and physical improvements.
The Half Moon will remain dockside at Peckham Materials through mid-May.
While there, volunteers of all skill levels are needed to help with work on
the ship. This work will continue weekdays and most weekends. If you can
help, please contact Karen Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is not possible to
just walk up, as entry must be arranged ahead of time.