The Sloops of the Hudson - Purple Mountain Press



THE SLOOPS OF THE HUDSON

by William E. Verplanck and Moses W. Collyer
Introduction by Pete Seeger

**WE'RE SORRY BUT THIS BOOK IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT**


From Part I--"The Sloop as a Packet Vessel":

"The evidence is quite convincing of the fast time that the sloops actually made in the voyages up and down the river. By taking the tide on the first of the flood with a good south wind, and leaving the Battery at, say six o'clock A.M., the vessel would be in Newburgh at noon, and at Poughkeepsie by two and Hudson at eight or nine. Unless the wind failed at sundown, which is often the case for an hour or so, rising afterwards, Albany would be reached easily early the next morning, or twenty-four hours from the time of leaving. This run has been made in less time.

As the south wind is apt to prevail in summer the return trip would experience headwinds, and assuming there were no calms, the sloop could easily be back in New York at the end of four days, and in seven if calms prevailed most of the time. But it is very rare, indeed if ever happens, that there is no breeze at any time of day or night. The sloops sailed at night, unless the weather were thick, and took advantage of every turn of tide."


This book inspired the building of a boat. That boat inspired the start of a movement. That movement is cleaning up the Hudson River.

The building of the Clearwater, that splendid replica of a Hudson River sloop, was the direct result of a tattered copy of the 1908 edition of this book reaching the hands of Pete Seeger. In his introduction he tells how the boat and the movement got started. Purple Mountain Press is pleased to make this work available again to all who love the Hudson River and its traditional sailing craft.


To find out more about the Sloop Clearwater and the movement to clean up the Hudson River, click here.


WE'RE SORRY BUT THIS BOOK IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT

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