Summer’s Last Sail

Fourth grade students from the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, N.J., spent Sept. 21, the last day of summer, exploring the Hudson River aboard Clearwater. Sailing north from the Cold Spring dock at about 10 a.m. they returned four hours later having studied the environment of “the river that flows two ways” and the basics of seamanship.

Clearwater was built at the Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, Maine, and launched in 1969, the fulfillment of folksinger and environmental activist Pete Seeger’s dream. The 106-foot gaff sloop is a replica of Dutch vessels that sailed the Hudson River in the 18th and 19th centuries. It carries 4,300 square feet of sail that includes a mainsail, main topsail and jib. The sloop was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

Photos by Michael Turton

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