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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 entries 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 2011 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 2011 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 dates below as we add links to see what we're doing on that day. Note that we may occasionally alter our planned course to take shifting weather patterns into account.

First Leg
Date Travel Locations/Events
September 8 , 2011 Dutch students board Half Moon at Verplanck, NY.
September 9, 2011 American students board Half Moon; Verplanck to Gravesend Bay; orientation.
September 10, 2011 Gravesend Bay to Bay Ridge Flats; deck log.
September 11, 2011 Bay Ridge Flats to the Palisades; data collection.
September 12, 2011 Data collection layover at the Palisades.
September 13, 2011 Palisades to Haverstraw Bay; student presentations.
September 14, 2011 Students disembark at Verplanck, NY.
Second Leg
September 14, 2011 Students board Half Moon at Verplanck, NY; Verplanck to Constitution Island; orientation.
September 15, 2011 Constitution Island to Saugerties; orientation.
September 16, 2011 Saugerties to Athens Channel; orientation.
September 17, 2011 Data collection layover at Athens Channel, NY.
September 18, 2011 Athens Channel to Henry Hudson Park; student presentations.
September 19, 2011 Half Moon arrives at Albany, NY, at noon; students disembark.
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