In 1609, Captain Henry Hudson led a mixed Dutch and English crew on board the Dutch jaght d'Halve Maen into a broad, uncharted river, seeking a northwest passage across the New World. Hudson's exploration of the lush wilderness surrounding this river valley and interaction with its native peoples would lead directly to the foundation of the New Netherland Colony and later New York State, forever shaping the future of the river that now bears his name.
In 2011, we on the Replica Ship Half Moon again commemorate the original d'Halve Maen's Voyage of Discovery with our annual re-creation of this historic event. We too carry a multinational crew, with student sailors drawn from the greater New York Capital Region and Bornego College in the Netherlands. As we follow in Hudson's wake, our new crew will study the environmental sciences all around us.