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holidays nov pg26 2015Vicky and I have dedicated this holiday issue to HAMILTON, now playing on Broadway. It took my breath away. Never before has a musical grabbed me by the throat and carried me, on the edge of my seat, to the very end. It’s brilliance in storytelling and it’s beauty of expression are only part of the musical’s genius in sharing with the world the story of an incredible man who effected change in our country. His ideas and ideals not only hold up today but can speak to and are relatable, on some level, to everybody.

Every time we saw it we learned more about Hamilton, more about our country, more about what joins us together as a nation and what has always been there to try and break us apart. We had been inspired... the story and songs have entered our ev- ery day life. Where Billie Holiday used to reign in our kitchen, she has been replaced with the HAMILTON soundtrack.

We wanted to share it with you in the hopes that you too will go see this incredible Broadway show and be blown away just like we were. Thank’s to HAMILTON we give our Historic Hudson Valley Holiday!

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Sunday, 18 October 2015 09:02

SLEEPY HOLLOW LAKE, A FANTASTIC PLACE TO LIVE AND PLAY Featured

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Fields full of wild flowers, houses set in amongst the trees, long driveways, shaded by Douglas Fir,

Maples and Oaks, that is what I remember of my many visits in the recent past of Sleepy Hollow Lake, the coves, with houses set back amongst the trees, and others on distant hillsides. (Spread your hand on a flat surface with your finger extended that is what Sleepy Hollow Lake is like giving many indi- viduals the opportunity to have a lakefront home!)

It is a laid back community, filled with vacation homes, starter homes and individuals who poured their heart and soul into making their dream home at Sleepy Hollow Lake.     See More

Thursday, 17 September 2015 03:27

THE HUDSON HAS+NOT BEEN SOUNDED IN 70 YEARS! Featured

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 MUCH OF THE DATA ON THIS OFFICIAL NOAA HUDSON RIVER CHART IS INACCURATE AND NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED.
PLEASE READ THIS RECENT LETTER BY THE SENIOR RIVER PILOT CAPTAIN SCOTT IRELAND TO NOAA!

 

 

Rear Admiral Gerd Glang
Director, NOAA Office of Coast Survey 1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Dear Admiral Glang:

My name is Captain R. Scott Ireland. I am the senior pilot of the Hudson River Pilots Association. Our members, along with many other professional mariners, are responsible for the safe and timely movement of commercial shipping on the Hudson River.

As Hudson River Pilots, we routinely brings ships that are 600 ft to 650 ft long x 105.9 ft wide through the federal channel from Kingston NY to Albany NY. This channel is 50 miles long and 400 feet wide with a federal project depth of 32 ft. The ships that we pilot carry cargoes such as scrap steel, grain, heavy lift project cargo, and the new player on the block, millions of barrels of Bakken crude oil being shipped out of the Port of Albany.

The increasing frequency of these large ships transiting an unusually long, narrow channel (as well as barges/ATB’s carrying crude oil) creates difficult navigational challenges that we encounter on a daily basis.

The biggest challenge, due to vessel size and the frequency of such transits, is that the meeting and passing of these increasingly larger vessels often requires that we find areas of the river where either or both vessels necessarily need to navigate the edges or even outside the edges of the federal chan- nel. Doing so safely often requires one or both of the meeting vessels to rely on soundings outside the channel to ensure that enough water is available in the area being transited.      Click here for the rest of the story

FINALLY A COLLECTION OF PAST PAGES OF BOATING ON THE HUDSON MAGAZINE NCLUDING THE VERY FIRST PUBLISHED PAGE.

YOU CAN GET YOUR 12.95 COPY BY GOING TO AMAZON.COM, TYPING IN BOATING ON THE HUDSON REMEMBERANCES

Rememberance: ten years of Boating On the Hudson Memories (Rememberances, Boating On the Hudson & Beyond Mag.) (Volume 1)

Friday, 06 February 2015 02:07

LAST RUN ON THE RIVER Featured

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Last February 27th I decided to “hang up my anchor”. I had been working for the Sandy Hook and Hudson River Pilots for over 42 years. That day I piloted the tanker Afrodite down through the ice out of the Port of Albany and brought her safely to Yonkers - It was my last run! People often ask me what I’ll miss most about working on the “River”. My immediate response is always the same, namely the people I meet and work with! Spinning a ship around in the Port of Albany and helping it wend it’s way along is not an easy task and depends on the help of many others to make it happen safely. It all starts with the goodbye hug from my wife as I leave the house. Then I meet the security guard at the port who greets me and checks me through to the ship. Next I meet the agent (whose job it is to please everyone) who then gives me the OK that everything is ready. As I walk along the berth I greet the line handlers who are happy to know that their job is at hand as they shift back and forth with the cold.  MORE

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