Rondout in Ulster County, NY, is located on the Hudson River at the mouth of Rondout Creek. Originally a maritime village, the arrival of the Delaware and Hudson Canal helped create a city that dwarfed nearby Kingston. [Read more…] about A Roundout, Delaware & Hudson Canal History Boat Tour
Hudson River Maritime Museum
The following text is an except from Fifteen Minutes around New York by George G. Foster (New York: DeWitt & Davenport 1854) and was transcribed by George A. Thompson of the Hudson River Maritime Museum.
It was very warm — a sort of sultry, sticky day, which makes you feel as if you had washed yourself in molasses and water, and had found that the chambermaid had forgotten to give you a towel. The very rust on the hinges of the Park gate has melted and run down into the sockets, making them creak with a sort of ferruginous lubricity, as you feebly push them open. The hands on the [New York] City Hall clock droop, and look as if they would knock off work if they only had sufficient energy to get up a strike. The omnibus horses creep languidly along, and yet can’t stand still when they are pulled up to take in or let out passengers — the flies are so persevering, so bitter, so hungry. [Read more…] about A Stroll in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1854
The Hudson River Maritime Museum has announced the sixth annual Riverport Women’s Sailing Conference (RWSC) is set to kick off on Friday, March 24th in Kingston, NY. Co-sponsored by the Kingston Sailing Club, the RWSC welcomes women and people who have not traditionally been able to learn to sail into the maritime community and offers them opportunity to grow and improve their sailing skills. [Read more…] about Riverport Women’s Sailing Conference in Kingston
Tracey Irving Brooks was a professional quality photographer based in the Capitol Region of New York State. Born in 1888, Brooks photographed Hudson River steamboats during the first half of the 1900s. The collection covers an extensive variety of steamboats on the upper portion of the Hudson River. [Read more…] about Hudson River Steamboat Images Go Online
The Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston will host a “Celebration of Woodworking,” event on Saturday, October 1st.
The event will include artisans and craftspeople sharing their woodworking skills with the public, youth activities, build-your-own demonstrations, the Kingston Boat Building Challenge and more. [Read more…] about Hudson River Maritime Museum Hosting Celebration of Woodworking
Hatzmann recalled a story told to him by fellow fisherman Charlie Rohr, about a prison break from Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. [Read more…] about Sing Sing Prison Break: A Hudson River Fishing Tale
On October 7, 1665, a peace treaty was signed between the indigenous Esopus people (the Ramapough Munsee Lunaape Nation / Ramapough Lenape Nation) and European settlers in what is now Ulster County, NY. The treaty brought to a close hostilities between the two parties that had begun in 1659, known as the Esopus Wars.
Both parties promised to cease hostilities, to establish a course of justice and conduct trade with each other. In addition to the cessation of fighting, the treaty proclaimed, “That all past Injuryes, are buryed and forgotten on both sides” and “that it may bee kept in perpetuall memory.”
A ceremonial peace tree planting and treaty renewal will be held on Friday, August 5th in Kingston. There have been 13 renewals of the treaty found in the Ulster County archives, dating from 1669 to 1745, and six more times in the last ten years. [Read more…] about Ulster County, Ramapough Lenape Renewing 1665 Esopus Treaty
The Hudson River Maritime Museum (HRMM) has announced “A New Age of Sail,” a new exhibit examining the history of sailing cargo vessels on the Hudson River, from the 17th century until their decline in the mid-20th century, and how the lessons of that era might help us combat the challenges of climate change in the 21st century. [Read more…] about History & Future of Hudson River Sail Freight Exhibit Opens Sunday