Talk by Betsy Garthwaite who is the past President of the Board of Directors of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. She is also a former Clearwater captain and has been involved in the organization for over 35 years
The dream began with folksinger and activist Pete Seeger, who longed to recreate the iconic Hudson River sloop and get it sailing on the Hudson again. This talk will recount the story of Americas environmental flagship,from the laying of the keel in October of 1968 to her launching in May of '69.
Designed by naval architect Cyrus Hamlin, and built by the Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, Maine, the sloop Clearwater is a replica modeled after cargo vessels that sailed the Hudson River in the 18thand 19thcenturies. With their large sail area and shallow draft, they were designed specifically for the variable winds and depths of the Hudson River. For more than a century sloops were the primary conveyance for goods and passengers traveling between Manhattan and the interior.
Added to National Register of Historic Places in 2004, in 2019 Clearwater marked 50years of service to the Hudson River and the communities that line its banks.