New boat school refurbishing the Hudson River sloop
By Michael Turton
The Clearwater, the graceful reminder of Pete Seeger’s love of the Hudson River, is wintering in Kingston, where it is undergoing some well-earned repairs.
The 106-foot gaff sloop, launched in 1969, has been sailing the Hudson River ever since as part of its mission to preserve and protect the river. Owned and operated by the Beacon-based nonprofit Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Inc., the boat hosts innovative education programs and is symbolic of conservation efforts on the river. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2004, it is the centerpiece of the Clearwater Festival, a celebration of music and the environment held each June at Croton-on-Hudson. READ MORE