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Ships Log Catskill
Creek - Hudson River October 10-17, 2005
Paul and Holly watched over Raven at the Hop O Nose Marina while we returned
to Chicago for a couple of weeks. Rana worked on the filming of the Chicago
Marathon. Mike took care of some business.
to Raven in the middle of a monsoon. Since it is more pleasant to travel
while dry, we spent several days further exploring the Catskills. The river
and the mountains are what make Catskill such an interesting place to visit.
the things we discovered was the Hudson School of Art, regarded as America’s
first art movement. It is distinguished as large-scale landscapes with atmospheric
lighting, which glorify nature. We visited Thomas
Cole’s house and studio. The Federal style house, named
Cedar Grove, contains Cole’s work and featured an exhibit of the works of
George Inness, a later Hudson School artist. Thomas Cole traveled from New
York City to the Catskills for several years starting in 1825, before he
met his wife at Cedar Grove.
of my heart,
of nature’s works,
me transport you
rear their summits
near the Hudson’s wave
Thomas Cole’s The Wild, 1926
to the “Lunch Club” with James Fennimore Cooper, William Cullen Bryant,
Asher B. Durand and Washington Irving. He later founded the “Sketch Club”
in 1829 with Bryant and Durand. This was the beginning of the Hudson School
of Art, later joined by Fredrick Church, Charles Herbert Moore and Jacob
focus of the art colony was Charles Beach’s legendary Mountain House, which
drew artists and tourists alike to the area. This artistic energy lives
on in the many art galleries in town. The Town
of Catskill is undergoing substantial renovation.
favorite local restaurants are Creekside at the marina, and Bells Café.
Creekside, managed by Sean between acrobatic stints stepping masts, offers
excellent meat and fish dishes and a nice wine list. Keith and Yael purchased
Bells Café a year ago and renovated it. Yael, who is from Israel, is a graduate
of the Manhattan French Culinary Institute. Queens native Keith studied
at the Institute of Culinary Education. The Café’s menu shows it and includes
wonderful breakfasts with terrific Italian coffee, and inventive vegetarian
and fish dishes for dinner.
sailed out of Catskill and down the Hudson, we passed beautiful
scenery. The fall colors were just starting. Trees green,
golden, orange, and rose creating an impressionist mosaic along the banks
of the river. Native Americans in this region were made up of many tribes
and several alliances: Algonquians, Iroquois, which included Mohawks and
Senecas, as well as Mohicans, who inhabited this luscious land of mountains,
rock outcroppings, and bountiful rivers.
or Hendrick (as the Dutch called him) Hudson, an Englishman, expert pilot
and navigator sailed into the Hudson from Amsterdam for the Dutch East India
Company in September of 1609. His sailing vessel was called the Half-Moon.
He was looking for the long sought passage to Cathay. He went all the way
to Albany and then back to New York Bay. After a parting ceremony with the
chiefs of the Manhattans, he claimed possession of the country in the name
of the government of Holland.
by Washington Irving, Rip meets up with the crew of the Half-Moon as well
as Hudson himself. According to the legend, every twenty years, Hudson and
his crew would keep a guardian eye upon the River and play nine-pins, a
bowling game, the sound of their balls crashing together would peal like
thunder up in the mountains.
of Washington Irving is all over Catskill and the Hudson River Valley, from
the Rip Van Winkle Bridge to the statue
of old Rip himself on Catskill Main Street, all the way
down to Sleepy Hollow.
the night at the Poughkeepsie
Yacht Club. Nice people and club house just up the road
from Franklin Roosevelt’s Hyde Park home and is also near the Culinary Institute
of America. Unfortunately, we arrived on Sunday and they were closed.
morning, we passed
Vassar, in Poughkeepsie, the West Point Military Academy , General Washington’s
Headquarters in Newburgh where he gave his famous farewell
speech to his troops.
see gentlemen,” he said as he placed his spectacles before his eyes,
“that I have grown not only grey, but blind, in your service.”
speech, in the spring of 1783, put an end to the growing unrest in the ranks
of the army just after peace had been declared due to the fact that Congress
had been unable to pay them.
reached Haverstraw Bay late in the day, we were anxious to find a place
to dock the boat. We bypassed Haverstraw Marina, located under a smokestack,
because we wanted something a bit less industrial. So, we tried Westerly
Marina but found it too shallow for our depth of 6’3”. This is in Ossinsing
which is the native Mohican name Os-sin-ing from ossin, a stone and ing,
a place -- stony place. And is the home of the famous prison Sing-Sing.One
hundred felons quarried and built the prison in 1829.
tried Tarrytown marina but we had trouble contacting that marina when we
finally did they said that it too was too shallow for our boat. We had wanted
to go to Tarrytown because of the Washington Irving story about Sleepy Hollow.
The Dutch named it Slaeperigh Hol, or Sleepy Hollow, the scene of Washington
Irving’s famous legend. We picked up a mooring ball at The Julius Petersen
Marina in Nyack. The next morning, we sailed under the Tappan Zee Bridge,
Tappan was the name of a Mohican tribe that inhabited the eastern shores
of the Bay and Zee is Dutch for Bay. We
passed incredibly beautiful canyon wall called the Palisades .
At one point, our electronics failed completely. We were glad that we had
paper charts. It turned out that the failure was caused by an evil
looking tower which bristled with antennas. Once clear
of it, our systems returned to normal. With Manhattan looming in the distance,
we passed under the
George Washington Bridge .