Hudson River Maritime Museum

Hudson River Maritime Museum The museum is now open Fridays through Sundays, 12 PM to 5 PM. Visit www.hrmm.org for news, events, and more info. The present property was purchased in 1982, and the Museum's 385 feet of bulkhead on Rondout Creek was partly rebuilt in 1992.
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The Museum's permanent collection related to Hudson River transportation, industry, and commerce, has grown through generous donations. The collection is comprised of paintings, prints, photographs and ephemera, vessel blueprints, artifacts (such as ice-harvesting tools and important pieces of Hudson River vessels that have long since disappeared), and a variety of ship models. Our collection of small craft includes a 100 year old shad boat, a life boat from the steamboat Mary Powell, a lighthouse tender, and several ice yachts. A library is available for use by researchers. During the warmer months, visiting vessels such as the sloop Clearwater, historic vessels, and classic wooden boats may be seen at the Museum's bulkhead. In winter, U.S. Coast Guard vessels regularly tie up at our dock to provide a bit of shore-leave fro their crews. School programs, unique within New York State, host over 2,000 school children a year. Exhibitions, a lecture series, children's workshops, waterfront programs and festivals, and boat rides to the Rondout Lighthouse create a greater awareness of the heritage of the Hudson River and attracts over 20,000 visitors annually.

The Museum's permanent collection related to Hudson River transportation, industry, and commerce, has grown through generous donations. The collection is comprised of paintings, prints, photographs and ephemera, vessel blueprints, artifacts (such as ice-harvesting tools and important pieces of Hudson River vessels that have long since disappeared), and a variety of ship models. Our collection of small craft includes a 100 year old shad boat, a life boat from the steamboat Mary Powell, a lighthouse tender, and several ice yachts. A library is available for use by researchers. During the warmer months, visiting vessels such as the sloop Clearwater, historic vessels, and classic wooden boats may be seen at the Museum's bulkhead. In winter, U.S. Coast Guard vessels regularly tie up at our dock to provide a bit of shore-leave fro their crews. School programs, unique within New York State, host over 2,000 school children a year. Exhibitions, a lecture series, children's workshops, waterfront programs and festivals, and boat rides to the Rondout Lighthouse create a greater awareness of the heritage of the Hudson River and attracts over 20,000 visitors annually.

Mission: Mission Statement The Hudson River Maritime Museum, Inc. has been established to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret a collection of historical artifacts related to the maritime heritage of the Hudson River and its tributaries. Collected artifacts shall include, but not be limited to, appropriate vessels, objects, archival material, and art related to river transportation, industries, and recreation which developed in response to the availability of the The River. Industries shall include ice harvesting, brick making, boat building, blue stone quarrying, cement, coal, crushed tone, and any other identified as important. An emphasis shall be placed on the stream era of transportation on the Hudson River, which stimulated the growth of these various industries. The primary period of emphasis shall be the 19th and 20th centuries. The Museum will create and maintain a body of information in the form of a library and archives which are available to the pubic for research. The Museum will develop public awareness of the history of life, communities, and industry along the Hudson River through its exhibits, lectures, programs, publications, and festivals. The Museum will seek to create and foster an awareness, on the part of the public, of the river environment and ecology, and the need to preserve this environment. It will create an awareness of waterfront revitalization efforts and foster public advocacy for planned recreational development along the Hudson River and its tributaries.

Operating as usual

#HudsonRiverscape Photo Contest FINAL SUBMISSIONS for the last week - Week 15 - are due by midnight on Thursday, July 23...
07/20/2020

#HudsonRiverscape Photo Contest FINAL SUBMISSIONS for the last week - Week 15 - are due by midnight on Thursday, July 23rd for posting the morning of Friday, July 24, 2020. This is the final week of the photo contest and your last chance to win free museum membership!

ALL photos from all 15 weeks will be posted on Monday, August 3, 2020 for a month-long final round of voting. All photos are eligible for the grand prize of a free Solaris charter redeemable in 2021. The photo with the most cumulative likes, comments, and shares by September 3, 2020 will win grand prize. Good luck to all our photo contest participants!

Socially distanced Solaris tours are back! A variety of tours are available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Check ou...
07/19/2020

Socially distanced Solaris tours are back! A variety of tours are available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Check out all your options at www.hrmm.org/all-boat-tours

Congratulations to our #HudsonRiverscapes Week 13 Winner - Bill Peckmann!Thanks to everyone for participating this week!...
07/17/2020

Congratulations to our #HudsonRiverscapes Week 13 Winner - Bill Peckmann!

Thanks to everyone for participating this week! Your beautiful photos have really brightened up a lot of Facebook walls.

Next week is our final week. Entries will be accepted thru Thursday, July 23. On August 3 we’ll post ALL the photos from this contest for a month long final voting for the grand prize of a Solaris charter in the 2021 season.Votes from the weekly contests will be added to the month-long vote tallies (that's likes, shares and comments). All contestants are eligible for the grand prize! Grand prize winner will be announced September 5, 2020.You can find out more about how to submit your own photo here:http://www.hrmm.org/history…/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

You can submit weekly if you like (and some contributors are!), but you can only win once.

Reminder that ALL photos are eligible for the grand prize - a free private charter aboard Solaris in 2021! So keep liking, commenting on, and sharing your favorites.

"Rondout Creek, May 2020" by Bill Peckmann

One more week to go! Now that Ulster County has reached Phase 4 and we’re reopening, we’re winding down this Photo Conte...
07/17/2020

One more week to go! Now that Ulster County has reached Phase 4 and we’re reopening, we’re winding down this Photo Contest. Entries will be accepted thru Thursday, July 23. On August 3 we’ll post ALL the photos from this contest for a month long final voting for the grand prize of a Solaris charter in the 2021 season.Votes from the weekly contests will be added to the month-long vote tallies (that's likes, shares and comments). All contestants are eligible for the grand prize! Grand prize winner will be announced September 5, 2020. Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The picture with the most likes, shares and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

One more week to go! Now that Ulster County has reached Phase 4 and we’re reopening, we’re winding down this Photo Contest. Entries will be accepted thru Thursday, July 23. On August 3 we’ll post ALL the photos from this contest for a month long final voting for the grand prize of a Solaris charter in the 2021 season.Votes from the weekly contests will be added to the month-long vote tallies (that's likes, shares and comments). All contestants are eligible for the grand prize! Grand prize winner will be announced September 5, 2020. Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The picture with the most likes, shares and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

We are so pleased to host the W.O. Decker from South Street Seaport Museum! You'll see the Decker at our docks for the n...
07/15/2020

We are so pleased to host the W.O. Decker from South Street Seaport Museum! You'll see the Decker at our docks for the next few months while she de-worms.

Did you know the Decker was originally named Russell 1? Built by the Russell shipbuilding company in New York City, the Russell 1 was one of the last wooden-hulled tugs built in New York. Learn more by reading the book "Tugboats and Shipyards: the Russells of New York Harbor: 1844-1962" - available for sale in our museum store!

Where is W.O. Decker? If you’ll stop by South Street, you'll notice that our 1930 tugboat is no longer tied between Wavertree and our preservation barge. Yesterday, Fleet Captain Malcolm Martin, and Engineer/Deckhand Chris Ockler, drove her up the lower Hudson River, travelling ~80 Nautical miles, to the Hudson River Maritime Museum!

She’ll be staying there for the next three months, soaking in freshwater, to better control any potential damage to Decker's hull planking caused by ship worms and gribbles, as these wood-eating creatures cannot survive prolonged exposure to freshwater. At the end of the soak, W.O. Decker will be hauled out and repainted with anti-fouling and parasite-resistant coatings.

#tugboat #historicship #woodenship #shippreservation #maritimeheritage #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #HudsonRiverMaritimeMuseum #HudsonRiver

Captain Benson's article "Coaling Up at Rondout" is on today's history blog: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/coaling-up...
07/15/2020

Captain Benson's article "Coaling Up at Rondout" is on today's history blog: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/coaling-up-at-rondout

Image: The Cornell Steamboat Company tug “Pocahontas” was built in 1884 and acquired by Cornell in 1901. The “Pocahontas” had a sister tug, the “Osceola.” This large and handsome tug operated on the Hudson River until 1939. The Hudson River Maritime Museum has a nameboard from the “Pocahontas.” Donald C. Ringwald Collection, Hudson River Maritime Museum

Hudson River Maritime Museum's cover photo
07/15/2020

Hudson River Maritime Museum's cover photo

Congratulations to our #HudsonRiverscapes Week 12 Winner - Kathy Overington!Thanks to everyone for participating this we...
07/10/2020

Congratulations to our #HudsonRiverscapes Week 12 Winner - Kathy Overington!

Thanks to everyone for participating this week! Your beautiful photos have really brightened up a lot of Facebook walls.

We're going to keep up this weekly contest until the pandemic is over (that's a lot of free memberships!), and you can find out more about how to submit your own photo here:http://www.hrmm.org/history…/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

You can submit weekly if you like (and some contributors are!), but you can only win once.

Reminder that ALL photos are eligible for the grand prize - a free private charter aboard Solaris in 2021! So keep liking, commenting on, and sharing your favorites.

"Looking south on the Hudson River from Germantown; taken Christmas Day, 2019" by Kathy Overington

Two more weeks to go! Now that Ulster County has reached Phase 4 and we’re reopening, we’re winding down this Photo Cont...
07/10/2020

Two more weeks to go! Now that Ulster County has reached Phase 4 and we’re reopening, we’re winding down this Photo Contest. Entries will be accepted thru Thursday, July 23. On August 3 we’ll post ALL the photos from this contest for a month long final voting for the grand prize of a Solaris charter in the 2021 season.Votes from the weekly contests will be added to the month-long vote tallies (that's likes, shares and comments). All contestants are eligible for the grand prize! Grand prize winner will be announced September 5, 2020. Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The picture with the most likes, shares and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

Two more weeks to go! Now that Ulster County has reached Phase 4 and we’re reopening, we’re winding down this Photo Contest. Entries will be accepted thru Thursday, July 23. On August 3 we’ll post ALL the photos from this contest for a month long final voting for the grand prize of a Solaris charter in the 2021 season.Votes from the weekly contests will be added to the month-long vote tallies (that's likes, shares and comments). All contestants are eligible for the grand prize! Grand prize winner will be announced September 5, 2020. Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The picture with the most likes, shares and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

Update from the Slater on approximate locations by hour.
07/05/2020

Update from the Slater on approximate locations by hour.

Listed below are the approximate arrival times for USS SLATER on her trek down the Hudson River.

0900 Castleton
0930 Coeymans
1015 Coxsackie
1115 Hudson
1130 Rip Van Winkle Bridge
1140 Catskill
1255 Saugerties
1345 Kingston
1415 Kingston Point
1500 Norrie Point
1600 Mid Hudson Bridge - Poughkeepsie
1700 Marlboro
1745 Newburgh
1830 Cold Spring
1845 West Point
1930 Peeksill
2000 Verplank
2230 Yonkers

* All times are approximate, we cannot guarantee any arrival time.

07/05/2020
USS Slater

The USS Slater is on her way! Best of luck on her voyage!

Follow along with us! USS SLATER will be towed down the Hudson River to Staten Island.

The Noble Maritime Collection
07/04/2020

The Noble Maritime Collection

Happy Fourth of July! As keeper of Robbins Reef Lighthouse, Kate Walker was employed by the Lighthouse Department, which was a federal agency. In good weather, she was required to fly the American flag at Robbins Reef. Here she is seen raising that flag while her grandson Jacob, Jr. watches on. Kate’s flag at the lighthouse was given to her upon her retirement in 1919 and it has stayed within her family.
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#KateWalker #noblemaritimecollection #maritime #museum #nyc #NY #exhibition #nautical #history #architecture #exhibition #culture #heritage #museumlife #lighthouse #lighthouses #sea #lighthousesofinstagram #ocean #harbor #NYharbor #july4 #independenceday #fourthofjuly #flag

Congratulations to our #HudsonRiverscapes Week 11 Winner - Claudia Kuhn!Thanks to everyone for participating this week! ...
07/03/2020

Congratulations to our #HudsonRiverscapes Week 11 Winner - Claudia Kuhn!

Thanks to everyone for participating this week! Your beautiful photos have really brightened up a lot of Facebook walls.

We're going to keep up this weekly contest until the pandemic is over (that's a lot of free memberships!), and you can find out more about how to submit your own photo here:http://www.hrmm.org/history…/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

You can submit weekly if you like (and some contributors are!), but you can only win once.

Reminder that ALL photos are eligible for the grand prize - a free private charter aboard Solaris in 2021! So keep liking, commenting on, and sharing your favorites.

"Kalmar Nyckel" by Claudia Kuhn

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos ...
07/03/2020

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The comment with the most likes and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history…/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The comment with the most likes and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history…/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

We're reopening! As the Mid-Hudson region enters Phase 4, the museum will reopen with a limited schedule. For more infor...
07/02/2020

We're reopening! As the Mid-Hudson region enters Phase 4, the museum will reopen with a limited schedule. For more information visit www.hrmm.org/visit

Hudson River Maritime Museum's cover photo
07/02/2020

Hudson River Maritime Museum's cover photo

Hudson River Maritime Museum's cover photo
07/02/2020

Hudson River Maritime Museum's cover photo

Museum to Re-open July 11, 2020
07/02/2020
Museum to Re-open July 11, 2020

Museum to Re-open July 11, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kingston, NY – As the Mid-Hudson Region enters Phase 4 of re-opening, the Hudson River Maritime Museum will be open to the public on a new reduced schedule starting Friday,...

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
07/02/2020

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

We have traveled almost the full length of the tidal estuary! Tomorrow we complete our journey. Swipe for details.
#OurRiverConnectsUs

ps. To our New York City Friends....let’s play #SpotTheSloop. If you see us, snap a pic and post it!!

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#PeteSeeger #TallShips #Sloop #sloops #HudsonRiver #HudsonValley #WoodenBoat #woodenboats #NewYorkCity #boat #boats #sailing #sailboat #sailboats #sailinglife #environmentalism #river #estuary #windpower #ecology #sailors #boatlife #maritime #sail #travel #newyorkstrong @ New York City, N.Y.

We're only just beginning to process all the photos and video we took on our RiverWise: North Hudson Voyage, but lots of...
06/29/2020

We're only just beginning to process all the photos and video we took on our RiverWise: North Hudson Voyage, but lots of you have sent in wonderful photos you took from along the way. We're collecting them all in one spot organized by day - if you have your own photos to contribute, please send them to us at [email protected] with your name and the date and location of the photo so we can include them!

As we download everything, we'll be adding to this record, so please check back frequently for updates.

https://www.hudsonriverwise.org/north-hudson-voyage.html

And there's still a little time left to donate to support the trip! www.pledgeit.org/riverwise-north-hudson-voyage. Lots of amazing people have donated to support this endeavor, and we appreciate all that you can give!

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50 Rondout Lndg
Kingston, NY
12401

General information

The Exhibit Hall Combining photographs, artifacts, and text, the annual exhibit transports Museum visitors back into the history of the Hudson River. Each year the Museum chooses a different topic in the history of the Hudson River on which to focus. From sunken ships and abandoned boats, to brick yards, ice harvesting, steamboats or recreation, there is always an interesting and unique exhibit on display. The East Gallery Formerly a working boat shop, the space is perfect for display of many larger artifacts, such as ice yachts, shad boats and other small boats, a steam hoisting engine, and various boat models and exhibits. With a rich and varied maritime heritage, the Hudson River was home to diverse vessels, and in the East Gallery we have the opportunity to display a few more of them.

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From a few years ago-old meets new.
Greetings from MV Hyperion
Extra treat for some lucky Lighthouse visitors on days gone by in the magical Solaris Summer of 2019
Summer On The Hudson Rondout Lighthouse Gina Bambace Conklin Belle Imagini Phtotgrapy #HudsonRiverscapes
Photos detailing the construction of the 1/12th scale model of the running gear of Robert Fulton's Northriver of Clermont Steamboat on display at the NYS Clermont Historic Site . The model is animated by the push of a button on the display cabinet. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=219469074733104&set=a.101983743148305&type=3&theater
For Harriet by Juergen Bock
For Harriet by Juergen Bock
Flower Garden at Hudson River Maritime Museum #HudsonRiverscapes
Vintage postcard view of Steamer “Mary Powell”
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from "Hudson River Lightkeeper"
The character Margu in the new holiday movie Klaus is given the gift of an ice boat...may lead to some renewed interest in the collection of the museum among younger visitors!
My husband's grandfather was a Boat Captain for Sandy Hook Pilot's group and wonder if in any way what little I know about him would be germane to your museum. No problem if it is too far fetched, but he lived in Saugerties on Route 212 in a home built in 1888.