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“RiverWise” Albany to Kingston Hudson River Trip
Maritime Museum’s Solaris and Apollonia Partner on Educational Voyage
Kingston, NY – Are you RiverWise? The Hudson River Maritime Museum, in partnership with the Schooner Apollonia, is pleased to announce a new educational initiative to bring the Hudson River to the general public through virtual programs. “RiverWise: A North Hudson Voyage,” brings Solaris and Apollonia together for a fleet sail from Albany, NY to Kingston, NY between June 20 and June 26, 2020. The vessels leave the museum docks on Saturday, June 20, 2020.
Introducing the general public to the realities of sailing on the Hudson River, its historic sites and landmarks, and the fascinating stories of people past and present, “RiverWise” seeks to help everyone better understand the river that defines our valley.
Members of the public can follow along via the voyage website – www.hudsonriverwise.org – tracking the boats themselves, reading the daily Captains’ Log, and learning more about the history and maritime heritage of the Hudson River through interactive maps, educational videos, documentary films, and more. Livestreamed footage from each boat will also be available on the museum’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/hudsonrivermaritimemuseum.
All public programs will be done virtually. When the vessels are in port, no shore programs will be provided and visitors will please refrain from gathering in groups at port to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The public is encouraged to view the vessels on their voyage from suggested public parks available on the RiverWise website. Solaris and Apollonia may encounter partner vessels like the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Riverkeeper’s patrol boat the Ian R. Fletcher, and the newly launched historic 1903 racing sloop Eleanor along the way.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum plans future voyages to the Mid-Hudson and South Hudson portions of the river. If you would like to support these ventures, including our planned series of documentary films, please visit www.hudsonriverwise.org/support for more information on sponsorship and donation opportunities.
About the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Located along the historic Rondout Creek in downtown Kingston, N.Y., the Hudson River Maritime Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries. HRMM opened the Wooden Boat School in 2016 and the Sailing & Rowing School in 2017. In 2019 the museum launched the 100% solar-powered tour boat Solaris. www.hrmm.org
About Solaris. Solaris was built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s restoration crew under the direction of Jim Kricker. Solaris is the only US Coast Guard-approved 100% solar-powered passenger vessel in the United States. It does not plug in. Designed by marine architect Dave Gerr from a concept developed by David Borton, owner of Sustainable Energy, Solaris is commercial in design, meeting all U.S. Coast Guard regulations for commercial passenger-carrying vessels. www.hrmm.org/meet-solaris
About the Schooner Apollonia. The Apollonia is the Hudson Valley’s largest carbon-neutral merchant vessel. Powered by the wind and used vegetable oil, Apollonia can transport her cargo sustainably. This mission-driven, for-profit business has a transparent and reproducible business model - to provide carbon-neutral transportation for shelf-stable local foods and products. Connecting the traditions of slow food, fair trade, and carbon neutrality, we will inspire and train a new generation of Hudson River stewards and create green living-wage jobs in the growing river-based economy. www.schoonerapollonia.com
This Captains' Log is kept by the captains and crew of Solaris and Apollonia and staff of the Hudson River Maritime Museum.