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Rondout Lighthouse Tour and Sail aboard the Sloop Clearwater

  |   June 9, 2012  |  Comment

The public is invited to a special tour of the Rondout Lighthouse followed by a sunset sail aboard the sloop Clearwater on Friday, June 29, and hosted by Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

The HRMM docent guided tour of the Rondout Lighthouse will begin at 5:00 PM. At 4:45 PM, participants should assemble at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, on the historic downtown waterfront district of Kingston, to board M/V Lark for the transit to the Rondout Lighthouse.

Upon return from the Lighthouse Tour, guests will board the sloop Clearwater for a sunset sail on the Hudson River. Onboard guests will enjoy a presentation by Patrick Landewe, keeper of the Saugerties Lighthouse, who will regale guests with stories of lighthouse keepers past and present and provide a glimpse into the important history of these beautiful buildings.

Also while onboard, passengers can meet the crew of an authentic working tall ship and learn about the Hudson River and the estuary while relaxing and enjoying being out on the water in the company of family and friends. Guests are also invited to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy onboard.

The sail will depart from and return to the Hudson River Maritime Museum docks on the Kingston waterfront. Tickets are $62 for adults; $47 for Clearwater members; and $27 for children 12 and under. Spaces are limited. Advance reservations required.

 To register, or for more information about Clearwater Public Sail Adventures, contact Catherine Stankowski, Sail Program Manager, 845 265-8080, ext 7107, [email protected]. Tickets may also be purchased on the Clearwater website at http://www.clearwater.org/come-sailing/public-sail-schedule.
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the Hudson River Maritime Museum are proud to partner to present this Hudson River Lighthouse-themed public sailing adventure aboard sloop Clearwater.

About Rondout Lighthouse: The newest lighthouse on the Hudson River, started in 1913 and finished and commissioned in 1915, the current Rondout Lighthouse continues an important tradition started in 1837 of marking the vital river port of the Rondout. The Rondout was the terminus of the D&H Canal with the canal transporting vast amounts of Pennsylvania coal over the Shawangunk Mountains to the Hudson. From here, the canal barges were unloaded and the coal was transferred to river barks that took the coal down to New York City. Later ice, farm products, bluestone, bricks and cement were loaded and transported from the Rondout down to New York City, greatly increasing the already busy river traffic. By the middle of the 19th century regular steamboat excursions were departing from the Rondout carrying both passengers and cargo to New York.

About Hudson River Maritime Museum: Since it began operations in 1980, the Hudson River Maritime Museum continues as the leading maritime museum on the Hudson River, with its vast museum collection of maritime artifacts and excellent education programs for adults and school age children. Currently open May through October, the Museum hosts thousands of visitors each year, offering permanent exhibits, an archival library, special topical exhibitions, an adult lecture series, waterfront programs, school and group tours, special events, and access to visiting maritime heritage and replica vessels. The museum, with its 400 feet of dock and deep water facilities, provides services to kayakers, rowing teams, sea scouts, transient boaters, tall ships and cruise vessels.

About Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

For over 40 years, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as champion of the Hudson River, working to pass landmark legislation like the Clean Water Act, providing innovative educational programs, environmental advocacy, and musical celebrations, including the renowned annual Clearwater Festival, to inspire, educate, and activate millions of people.  Founded by music legend and environmental activist Pete Seeger, the organization began with the launch of the sloop Clearwater in 1969 —a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 106-foot-long sloop is among the first vessels in the U.S. to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship, creating the template for environmental education programs around the world. More than half a million young people and hundreds of thousands of adults have experienced their first real look at an estuary’s ecosystem aboard Clearwater. The organization’s strong connection to youth, environmental education, and its agenda to create the next generation of environmental leaders, are all part of building and strengthening a Green Cities Initiative for a green economy and a more inclusive and diverse environmental movement. Utilizing the greatest natural resource in the region, the Hudson River, Clearwater has become the grassroots model for producing positive changes to protect our planet.

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