The Woody Guthrie Returns

Ceremony in Beacon on Aug. 26

The sloop Woody Guthrie, which for decades has provided free public sailing trips on the Hudson River, will return to service in Beacon after a two-year restoration with a welcoming celebration on Saturday, Aug. 26, from noon to 3 p.m. The event will include a potluck, deck tours and a re-christening.

Restoring the Woody Guthrie (Photo provided)

The sloop was built in 1978 and owned by Pete and Toshi Seeger, who donated the boat to the Beacon Sloop Club. The restoration work at the Riverport Wooden Boat School at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston began in 2015 and involved the replacement of nearly all the ship’s frames, planks, structural timbers, a portion of the decking, and a section of the keel at a cost of about $400,000.

The sloop is expected to resume free public trips by mid-September.

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