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Haverstraw and Ossining are the widest point on the Hudson River. Because of the long reaches winds can whip up fierce waves. It is debatable whether we should even be out on a day like today

Haverstraw and Ossining are the widest point on the Hudson…

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The bricks that built New York City, made Haverstraw wealthy and nearly spelled its doom

The bricks that built New York City, made Haverstraw wealthy…

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In the Haverstraw brickyards African and Italian workers lived and worked side by side…

In the Haverstraw brickyards African and Italian workers lived and…

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“I am a proponent of highly walkable, human scale places in America.”

“I am a proponent of highly walkable, human scale places…

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The charming curator, staff and artists of WhiteBox came to visit the shantyboat in Haverstraw

The charming curator, staff and artists of WhiteBox came to…

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The first time our bilge pumps have ever needed to be used. Docked in Haverstraw, water was coming over our stern

The first time our bilge pumps have ever needed to…

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Rockin and rollin during our Haverstraw pop-up

Rockin and rollin during our Haverstraw pop-up. #shantyboat #roughweather

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“Uncle Susan is a Wolf.” We’ve seen this tag all over and found it in our ship’s log. Who is it?

“Uncle Susan is a Wolf.” We’ve seen this tag all…

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It was an interesting day on the water. Waves, wind, and spray

It was an interesting day on the water. Waves, wind,…

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Goodbye, sweet friend. You were a good bumper for the last five years. If anyone has a small tire we can use to replace the one now at the bottom of the river and is near Haverstraw…

Goodbye, sweet friend. You were a good bumper for the…

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The amazingly bumpin’ streets of Haverstraw, a magical land where white, black, and brown people bustle around downtown

The amazingly bumpin’ streets of Haverstraw, a magical land where…

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The Elks come ready to talk it out face-to-face

Misunderstanding resolved: The Elks come ready to talk it out…

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Interview with Ginny Norfleet. We talked about the invisible stories of 400 years of African-American history in Haverstraw NY

Interview with Ginny Norfleet. We talked about the invisible stories…

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This is us docked in Haverstraw moments before a member of the Elks Lodge kicked us off their docks

This is us docked in Haverstraw moments before the all…

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Indian Point Energy Center is a three-unit nuclear power plant station located in Buchanan, New York

Indian Point Energy Center is a three-unit nuclear power plant…

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The Hudson river highlands are incredibly beautiful. Old rounded granite reminds me of the sierra Nevada mountains. #shantyboat

The Hudson river highlands are incredibly beautiful. Old rounded granite…

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U.S.Army FB-814 gives tours out of West Point. Today they got a special tour feature. #shantyboat #tourboat #westpoint

U.S.Army FB-814 gives tours out of West Point. Today they…

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Mystery train bridge near World’s End. What is it bridging? #shantyboat #mysterytrain

Mystery train bridge near World’s End. What is it bridging?…

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John Chamberlain sculptures at Dia:Beacon. He referred to these as Gondolas

John Chamberlain sculptures at Dia:Beacon. He referred to these as…

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Poughkeepsie bridges at sunset. #shantyboat

Poughkeepsie bridges at sunset. #shantyboat

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We drew a sizable crowd on the Poughkeepsie pedestrian bridge. #shantyboat

We drew a sizable crowd on the Poughkeepsie pedestrian bridge.…

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This looks like nothing, but when you’re in a boat with 10 inches of freeboard and you have a 10 mph following wind and associated waves against a strong upstream tidal current, it is decently terrifying. #shantyboat #LittleBigWaves

This looks like nothing, but when you’re in a boat…

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@gooddoghazel and I wait for the laundry #shantyboat

@gooddoghazel and I wait for the laundry #shantyboat

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Boats work both ways, keeping water out AND keeping water in, particularly during northeast torrential summer rains #shantyboat #bailing

Boats work both ways, keeping water out AND keeping water…

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Looks like rain destroyed our canopy (and our bamboo poles) while we were in the city. #shantyboat #theWeatherStrikesBack

Looks like rain destroyed our canopy (and our bamboo poles)…

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NYC Chinatown feels very welcoming and very Blade Runner. #shantyboat #nyc #chinatown

NYC Chinatown feels very welcoming and very Blade Runner. #shantyboat…

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Assembling the pier at WhiteBox. #artshow #exhibition #secrethistory

Assembling the pier at WhiteBox. #artshow #exhibition #secrethistory

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Staging the exhibition. #shantyboat #artshow

Staging the exhibition. #shantyboat #artshow

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Secret History sweatshop. Prepping for setting up the @whiteboxny exhibition tomorrow #shantyboat #artshow #exhibition

Secret History sweatshop. Prepping for setting up the @whiteboxny exhibition…

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Back up in Whitehall, drop in to visit our favorite laundromat so far. #shantyboat #laudromat

Back up in Whitehall, drop in to visit our favorite…

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Amtrak Empire Service through upstate New York. #shantyboat #amtrak #upstate

Amtrak Empire Service through upstate New York. #shantyboat #amtrak #upstate

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Next phase of our shantyboat journey: Amtrak north to get the truck. #shantyboat #amtrak #crazytrain

Next phase of our shantyboat journey: Amtrak north to get…

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The western half of the historic Rondout district along Rondout Creek in Kingston. The entire largely black neighborhood east of Broadway was bulldozed as part of “urban renewal“ in the 1960s. #shantyboat #urbanrenewal #lostneighborhood #invisiblestories

The western half of the historic Rondout district along Rondout…

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Current exhibits in the Jeremiah Daniels Executive Washroom Gallery aboard the shantyboat. #shantyboat #artgallery

Current exhibits in the Jeremiah Daniels Executive Washroom Gallery aboard…

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Though part of the American landscape since at least the 19th century, with the exception of a handful of memoirs and pulp fiction, there is very little written about shantyboat communities. #shantyboat #pulpfiction

Though part of the American landscape since at least the…

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Leo Bower generously shared photos he’s collected of the early days of the Hudson waterfront

Leo Bower generously shared photos he’s collected of the early…

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Stilllife with shantyboat #shantyboat #stilllife

Stilllife with shantyboat #shantyboat #stilllife

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The jonboat looks like a swimming pool after last night’s torrential downfall #shantyboat #heavyrain #rain

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Interview with Mary Liz and Paul Stewart about the Underground Railroad History Project they co-instigate

Interview with Mary Liz and Paul Stewart about the Underground…

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Lovely to interview Mary Liz and Paul Stewart from the Underground Railroad Project in Albany, NY. We were able to catch them after their presentation at the Black History conference at HRMM. undergroundrailroadhistory.org/

Lovely to interview Mary Liz and Paul Stewart from the…

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In the Riverport Wooden Boat School (part of the Hudson River Maritime Museum) people are building big and little boats

In the Riverport Wooden Boat School (part of the Hudson…

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Benzy’s photo of the Hudson Lighthouse as we were returning too late and too dark across the river from Athens

Benzy’s photo of the Hudson Lighthouse as we were returning…

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We mist have arrived at Rondout Creek in Kingston because here is the beautiful Clearwater Sloop

We mist have arrived at Rondout Creek in Kingston because…

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Interview with Leo Bower. We talked about the town of Hudson, the Fugary shantytown and the characters who lived there

Interview with Leo Bower. We talked about the town of…

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Greetings from Hudson New York

Greetings from Hudson New York

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In Hudson NY there are over 120 Bangladeshi families, some of whom maintain a community garden along the river down by the Shacks. Seeing the women’s bright clothes among the rich greens of the garden was beautiful

In Hudson NY there are over 120 Bangladeshi families, some…

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The mysteries of low tide. This is the first we’ve been in a tidal river

The mysteries of low tide. This is the first we’ve…

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Exploring Hudson’s Fugery Boat Club, i.e., the North Dock Tin Boat Association or just the Shacks. A hundred year old collection of shanties whose occupants were evicted in 2013

Exploring Hudson’s Fugery Boat Club, i.e., the North Dock Tin…

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Spencer met us at the dock when we arrived in Hudson and was charming and helpful while we were there. He also told delightfully funny drunk stories

Spencer met us at the dock when we arrived in…

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This is my selfie of the captain of the Dotty, a kinda Cap’n Bly character

This is my selfie of the captain of the Dotty,…

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At ör in downtown Hudson. Beer and pool at noon on a hot day

At ör in downtown Hudson. Beer and pool at noon…

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So far, we are impressed by Hudson‘s necklace a beautiful parks above the bluff. Hudsons middle-of-the-river lighthouse in the background

So far, we are impressed by Hudson‘s necklace a beautiful…

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Seeking to understand new places as we move through them

Seeking to understand new places as we move through them

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Dear Yachters, you are responsible for your wake when you damage other people’s boats, and you are why we hate yachters. How many ways can you interpret “No Wake Zone?

Dear Yachters, you are responsible for your wake when you…

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The sleepy little hamlet of Castleton-on-Hudson

The sleepy little hamlet of Castleton-on-Hudson

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Miranda’s Deli in Albany, which was recommended to us by a passerby, has a long line at lunchtime

Miranda’s Deli in Albany, which was recommended to us by…

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Loitering under the Livingston Ave Swing Bridge built in 1866 and replaced in 1901. We talked to Steve who operated the bridge

Loitering under the Livingston Ave Swing Bridge built in 1866…

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After we started drinking at 10am in his birthday, Miah agreed to his next tat

After we started drinking at 10am in his birthday, Miah…

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Interview with Chris Callaghan who organizes the Steamboat Meet and the Tugboat Roundup at the Waterford Harbor

Interview with Chris Callaghan who organizes the Steamboat Meet and…

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Interview with Virginia Clarkson who told us all about growing up in the Bronx and made her way to Waterford

Interview with Virginia Clarkson who told us all about growing…

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Greeting party at the Rusty Anchor floating barge bar in Troy NY

Greeting party at the Rusty Anchor floating barge bar in…

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Ships hounds Hazel

Ships hounds Hazel

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Skipper Benzy

Skipper Benzy

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Whas up, Troy. We in you

Whas up, Troy. We in you

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Interview with Sean, Jess, Ayla, and Mia who talked about living in small town Upstate New York

Interview with Sean, Jess, Ayla, and Mia who talked about…

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Welcome our new shipmate Jeremiah who has been on all five Secret History expeditions since 2014

Welcome our new shipmate Jeremiah who has been on all…

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V, Shonica, and Carlos brought us breakfast. In exchange, we got them addicted to good espresso

V, Shonica, and Carlos brought us breakfast. In exchange, we…

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“We came upon a rickety house raft… putting upstream powered by an old outboard and piloted by a wrinkled, sun-tanned old man

“We came upon a rickety house raft... putting upstream powered…

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All of Bill’s friend join him on the tug to view the fireworks

All of Bill’s friend join him on the tug to…

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Exhibition in Waterford: more people than you can shake a stick at. Including my old Jr High school friend, Corey

Exhibition in Waterford: more people than you can shake a…

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Exhibition in Waterford: 99 people in the log, but probably three times as many through the boat today

Exhibition in Waterford: 99 people in the log, but probably…

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An hour hanging out on the back deck of the shantyboat with folklorist George Ward Who told us stories and sang us canal songs

An hour hanging out on the back deck of the…

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The Erie Canal starts (or ends, depending on your point of view) in Waterford New York. So big, imposing, and well-dressed, it looks like a set piece

The Erie Canal starts (or ends, depending on your point…

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Benzy as First Mate has been keeping the ship’s log. I love this. It is charming and she writes in the third person

Benzy as First Mate has been keeping the ship’s log.…

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Steamboat Meet at Waterford NY. Tiny tiny little steam powered beasties

Steamboat Meet at Waterford NY. Tiny tiny little steam powered…

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In north Troy, old money houses like these, clearly having seen better times, were next door to double wides

In north Troy, old money houses like these, clearly having…

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Headed across the river from Waterford to Troy

Headed across the river from Waterford to Troy

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After 18 years, I finally get to meet John Young and his awesome family

After 18 years, I finally get to meet John Young…

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The shantyboat art gallery and Jeremiah Daniels Executive Washroom. Art by Sascha, Gina, Butch, Maxine, Lanette, and Jessika

The shantyboat art gallery and Jeremiah Daniels Executive Washroom. Art…

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Best date night ever. Fireworks exploding all around us, playing cards, listening to marching band music to mask the fireworks for @gooddoghazel

Best date night ever. Fireworks exploding all around us, playing…

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Dramatic photo op in Waterford NY

Dramatic photo op in Waterford NY

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Shipmate John Young successfully completes his first certified under-over. Now he can be a roadie

Shipmate John Young successfully completes his first certified under-over. Now…

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Shantyboat still life by shipmate Kate Young

Shantyboat still life by shipmate Kate Young

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Proud captain of the Shantyboat Dotty @originalsportkilt

Proud captain of the Shantyboat Dotty @originalsportkilt

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Nearly played bingo. Apparently you have to show up on time because all the cards are sold within a few minutes

Nearly played bingo. Apparently you have to show up on…

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What happened down here? Half a block from the waterfront, what I had to have been the center of commerce or industry, now empty lots and ugly blocks of what look like low income housing

What happened down here? Have a block from the waterfront,…

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Thompson‘s camp. People apparently still sit on porches here, though I don’t see many of them on this very hot afternoon

Thompson‘s camp. People apparently still sit on porches here, though…

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While there is lots of old abandoned stuff around, some of the new abandoned stuff is intriguing

While there is lots of old abandoned stuff around, some…

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A river runs through it. Anthony Kill winds through Mechanicville

A river runs through it. Anthony Kill winds through Mechanicville

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We sadly say fare-thee-well to our shipmates Ariel and Sascha

We sadly say fare-thee-well to our shipmates Ariel and Sascha

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Little beach campfire along the shore of the Hudson River

Little beach campfire along the shore of the Hudson River

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Shantyboat beached on the Hudson River

Shantyboat beached on the Hudson River

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Thinking more about environmental toxins

“For over 45 years, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been…

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Glens Falls famous

Glens Falls famous

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Back alleys of Schuylerville NY. We stopped for 1) ice cream, 2) a sandwich, 3) a few groceries, 4) a quick shower, 5) a load of wash

Back alleys of Schuylerville NY. We stopped for 1) ice…

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What exactly are we passing through?

What exactly are we passing through?

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Please welcome our new shipmates Sascha and Ariel who joined us just before we left Ft Edward

Please welcome our new shipmates Sascha and Ariel who joined…

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We found an old bridge across a little creek in an inlet on the Hudson. Benzy asks: “But is it authentic?

We found an old bridge across a little creek in…

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@gooddoghazel being cute in a patch of sun

@gooddoghazel being cute in a patch of sun

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This is where 1.3 million pounds of PCBs were discharged into the Hudson River

Benzy says: “This is where approximately 1.3 million pounds of…

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