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Daily Log: Thursday, September 15

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Starting Position: Anchored at Constitution Island, across from West Point, NY.
Latitude: N 41˚ 24.0'
Longitude: W 073˚ 57.0'

Day Two of the second leg of the 2011 Fall Voyage of Discovery.

Enjoy this blustery day in pictures as we tour Constitution Island and travel to Saugerties, NY.

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Mouse over to give fire!
Doug Lyke fires the starboard falconet.


Mouse over to sweat and tail!



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Mouse over to slice through the waves!
The Half Moon cuts through rippling water at sunset.

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Mouse over to set the anchor!

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Starting Position: Anchored off Saugerties, NY.
Latitude: N 42˚ 04.6'
Longitude: W 073˚ 55.5'



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Robert Juet's Journal: September 15th, 1609

After spending the night anchored in the bay between the modern cities of Beacon and Newburgh, d'Halve Maen sails up what the Dutch traders of New Netherland would dub the Lange Rack, or Long Reach. Before the ship weighs anchor, the two Lenape captives seized in Raritan Bay six days ago escape through a gun port and swim to freedom; to say that their taunts back to the ship were delivered "in scorn" is probably something of an understatement. Juet's estimation of twenty leagues' travel (roughly sixty miles) is not necessarily trustworthy, but his reference to "other Mountains" indicates that the ship at least comes within sight of the Catskills, likely placing the ship's evening position somewhere between the modern towns of Saugerties and Catskill. It is here that d'Halve Maen's crew first encounters the Mohicans, to whom they seem to take an immediate liking. The crew sends out the ship's sloep to go fishing and pulls in a bountiful catch.

The fifteenth, in the morning was misty vntill the the Sunne arose: then it cleered. So wee weighed with the wind at South, and ran vp into the Riuer twentie leagues, passing by high Mountaines. Wee had a very good depth, as sixe, seuen, eight, nine, ten, twelue, and thirteen fathoms, and a great store of Salmons in the Riuer. This morning our two Sauages got out of a port and swam away. After we were vnder sayle, they called to vs in scorne. At night we came to other Mountaines, which lie from the Riuers side. There wee found very louing people, and very old men: where wee were well vsed. Our Boat went to fish, and caught great store of very good fish.

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