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Half Moon Daily Log

On Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage on 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, a full four centuries ago. It also tells us a lot about what Captain Hudson and his crew were like, and how they felt about what they were seeing.

Although the original d'Halve Maen never visited the Connecticut River, Hudson's voyage did lead to the Dutch explorer Adrien Block's exploration of Long Island Sound in 1611. In 2011, we on the Half Moon have returned to the region to continue re-exploring the original borders of the New Netherland colony. The first leg of our Voyage of Discovery will take us out into Long Island Sound and then up the Connecticut River, culminating in the ship's ceremonious arrival at the student crew's very doorstep, the campus of the Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT. The second leg marks a brand new route for our Voyages of Discovery; picking up our student crew at New Haven, CT, we will journey with them through Long Island Sound, down the East River and through New York Harbor, and up the Hudson River, culminating in our arrival at Poughkeepsie at the kickoff of the Teaching the Hudson Valley Summer Institute.

Each day, we'll post entries from on board the Half Moon to let you see how our voyage has progressed. You can also track the progress of the original VOC 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.)

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 to see what we're doing on that day.

First Leg
Date Travel Locations/Events
June 30, 2011 Students board Half Moon at New London, CT; travel to Niantic Bay.
July 1, 2011 Anchor at Duck Island Roads; project orientation.
July 2, 2011 Anchor off Old Saybrook, CT; explore Lieutenant River; data collection.
July 3, 2011 Travel to Rock Landing near Haddam, CT; data collection.
July 4, 2011 Travel to Seaboard Marine at South Glastonbury, CT; student presentations.
July 5, 2011 Half Moon arrives at CT Riverside Academy at Goodwin College campus at noon; students disembark.
Second Leg
July 20, 2011

Students board Half Moon at New Haven, CT; travel through Long Island Sound to Glen Cove, Long Island.

July 21, 2011 Glen Cove to Alpine, NJ on the Hudson River; salinity testing.
July 22, 2011 Alpine, NJ to Constitution Island; project orientation.
July 23, 2011 Data collection layover at Constitution Island.
July 24, 2011 Constitution Island to Newburgh Bay; prepare presentations.
July 25, 2011 Half Moon arrives at Poughkeepsie, NY; presentations.
July 26, 2011 Students greet the Teaching the Hudson Valley educational conference and depart.
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