Magazine article Sea Classics

Hudsons Half Moon

Magazine article Sea Classics

Hudsons Half Moon

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The Half Moon is a full-scale replica of the original Dutch ship of exploration sailed by Henry Hudson for the Dutch East India Company in 1609. The original Half Moon was the first European ship to document entry into what we now call the Delaware Bay and River, and to explore the Hudson River to its navigable limits.

Reports from this extraordinary voyage led Dutch traders to establish trade within the Hudson River Valley, erecting Fort Nassau at the present day site of Albany, New York. By the mid- 1620s, New Netherland, as this trading colony became known, extended outward from the Hudson River Valley eastward to the Connecticut River, and south to the Delaware River.

The New Netherland Museum is the non-profit, educational institution that owns and operates the Half Moon as a traveling museum dedicated to public education about life in New Netherland during the 17th Century. Long-range plans call for the development of a land-based living history site in association with a permanent berth for the Half Moon. The New Netherland Museum is supported financially by memberships, individual and corporate donations, and by financially supportive hosts who invite the Half Moon to appearances throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Visitors to the Half Moon step into a full-scale time machine. Once aboard the ship, the visitor sees and feels the experience of life aboard ship 400-yrs ago. …

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