Day 6: Captains' Log
Our second-to-last day on the water, we had a shift change for Solaris captains! Captain Jack Weeks, HRMM board member and one of the original promoters of constructing Solaris at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, took the helm from John Phelan.
We also got a chance to show off some amazing drone footage of New Baltimore, with some historical narration.
Poor Captain John didn't get much of a day off today! After seeing Solaris at Germantown, she lost her dingy, "Old Crab," who went on a bit of an adventure! Captain John tracked her down, with a little help.
We ended the day in Saugerties, and even got to talk to the Saugerties Lighthouse keepers, Patrick and Anna Landewe. Stay tuned for more interview footage from them!
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Day Five: Captains' Log
The crew had their first rainy night of the voyage, which meant a less than restful night. But a little morning yoga helped make things a little better.
Captains Sam and John discuss the evening's rain and the favorable winds coming toward the valley and the ebb tide in their favor.
Apollonia ship's dog Hoku had a chance to take the helm!
Remember the cute tugboat Betty June? We stopped to talk with her owner Van Calhoun. This is just a teaser for the film to come!
Finally, we know a lot of you have been very curious about how Solaris actually runs on solar panels, so by popular demand, Captain John takes you on a tour of her electrical systems.
We ended the day in beautiful Athens, NY.
And, as a bonus, here's a little tour of Nine Pin Cider Works up in Albany! Apollonia took on cargo from them to bring south to Hudson today.
Hope you've been enjoying the voyage so far. Only a few more days to go!
Day Four: Captains' Log
We had an eventful day yesterday and captured lots of amazing footage! We started out the morning at Scarano's Boatyard in Albany.
Before we left port we had a little fun with Apollonia's delivery tricycle.
Captain John of Solaris gave us a little lesson in tugboats as we left the Port of Albany.
Then Tanya gave us a little history of Castleton and the Castleton-on-Hudson Bridge.
The Apollonia crew was getting a workout this morning beating into a strong headwind. Captain Sam said some of the crew got a little seasick!
Soon the tide turned against them and Apollonia had to anchor. Here is Captain Sam diving in to illustrate the power of the current.
Here's Captain John with a recap of the day. We got some great footage and interviews in Albany and we're looking forward to more as we move south back down the river!
And finally, to end the day, here's a little compilation video from footage we captured yesterday of Apollonia sailing.
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Day Three: Captains' Log
Solaris and Apollonia spent the night rafted with Clearwater in Albany.
We spent the day in and around Albany, meeting all sorts of friends along the way!
We went up to visit the USS Slater and met up with Clearwater near the Dunn Memorial Bridge for a short fleet sail.
We also had some fun with a kids' project hosted by Tanya, one of our on-board educators. More of these are coming, so stay tuned!
We have been conducting interviews with folks all along this trip, so we got to have a little preview of the films to come today!
First was an interview with Louise Bliss and Don Hagerman who are involved in the restoration of the 1903 racing sloop Eleanor. After a decade of hard work, Eleanor went in the water just last week! Stay tuned for more information and videos about this fascinating project.
We also got some beautiful drone footage and a sneak peak of the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse! We'll be interviewing historians there and getting some interior shots this week as we head back down river. So stay tuned for more!
This trip really has two missions - did you know? One is to bring the Hudson River closer to you with livestreams and social media posts and short videos like these while the voyage is underway.
The second mission is to collect interviews and footage all along the way, so that we can produce a series of short documentary films once we get back!
If you would like to support these efforts, please consider sponsoring one of our for themes for this trip: lighthouses, sail freight, towing, and shipbuilding.
And finally, here is our end-of-day video, closing out Day Three of the North Hudson Voyage! Thanks to everyone who has donated by mile and to some brand new sponsors (who we'll be announcing soon)!
See you tomorrow and stay tuned for more on those interviews mentioned in the video!
Day Two: Captain's Log
We had a great Day Two of the North Hudson Voyage. Fair winds helped Apollonia make the rest of the journey north to Albany and we made the 30 mile trip in just a day!
Map of today's journey:
Working on Apollonia's galley:
We saw our friends from Riverkeeper out on the water:
How the solar panels on Solaris work!
We saw the tugboat Betty June out on her shakedown cruise!
We spent the evening rafted up together with Clearwater at Scarano's Boatyard in Albany. See you tomorrow!
Day One: Captains' Log
We had a great first day out on the water, despite the lack of wind to fill Apollonia's sails. Today was the summer solstice, so Solaris had plenty of fuel!
Here was our morning muster, albeit sideways! We're still learning how best to share the Hudson River with you.
We had some cool moments on the river. Because there wasn't enough wind, Solaris towed Apollonia part of the way into port.
A fan took some great photos off of Malden:
We passed under the Rip Van Winkle Bridge just as the Juneteenth celebration and march was happening!
We ended the day safely in port at Catskill. Here's the evening summary in video format:
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This Captains' Log is kept by the captains and crew of Solaris and Apollonia and staff of the Hudson River Maritime Museum.