March 24, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Hudson River Maritime Museum - Riverport Wooden Boat School, Kingston Home Port and Education Center
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
845-338- 0071


Keeping History Afloat on the Hudson River
HRMM Offers Boatbuilding and Boat Restoration Symposium March 24
KINGSTON, N.Y. – The Hudson River Maritime Museum is proud to present “Keeping History Afloat on the Hudson,” a unique peer-to- peer symposium on the technical aspects of boat restorations in the Hudson Valley, on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Kingston Home Port and Education Center, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
Designed for professional and avocational shipwrights and restorers as well as wooden boat enthusiasts, this symposium will feature presentations from a variety of shipwrights, restoration specialists, and visionaries on the future of boats on the Hudson River. The focus of these presentations will cover the technical details of the restoration and construction work for each vessel as well as the successes and challenges of each project. “Keeping History Afloat” will feature the stories restorations and builds of at least six Hudson River vessels.
Louise Bliss, President of the nonprofit Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration and Sailing, Inc. will discuss the ongoing restoration of the historic 1903 raceabout sailing sloop Eleanor. Built at the B. F. Wood shipyard, City Island, Bronx and designed by Clinton H. Crane, Eleanor now resides in Hudson, NY where the volunteers of HRHBRS have been working to restore her to her original, 1903 glory. Eleanor is one of the last of the “raceabouts,” a class of sloop designed especially for racing. In her presentation, Bliss will outline the construction of Eleanor’s mast and spars.
Riverport Wooden Boat School Director and experienced shipwright and millwright Jim Kricker will discuss the most recent major restoration of the 1969 Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, including 2016 restoration by Riverport Wooden Boat Restorations. Kricker will focus on the Clearwater’s hull restoration, including the replacement of roughly 50 frames on each side with approximately 250 futtocks, around 2,000 lineal feet of planking, the stem knee, horn timber, stern post, rudder post, some sections of deadwood, the engine beds, keel bolts, and the complete replacement of the centerboard trunk, including a section of the keelson.
Beacon Sloop Club sailors and restoration volunteers Alan Thomas and James
Malchow will discuss the major overhaul of the 1978 Hudson River Ferry Sloop Woody Guthrie by Riverport Wooden Boat Restorations. This project was unique as it offered volunteers from the Beacon Sloop Club to work alongside professional shipwrights, reducing labor costs for the all-volunteer club and allowing for a full schedule of restoration work.Marine diesel mechanic, US Coast Guard licensed captain, and alternative fuel
business owner Sam Merrett will discuss the restoration of the steel-hulled 1945
schooner Apollonia and her conversion to sail freight. Relying on her sails, Apollonia will also use alternative fuel made from recycled cooking oil in her 1953 diesel engine as she plies the Hudson moving freight from place to place. Merrett’s goal is to make Apollonia a reproducible model for sail freight.Richard Scarano, Vice President of Scarano Boat Building, will discuss the history of Scarano’s restoration services and highlight some of their most recent restoration projects. Founded in 1974, Scarano Boat Building designs and builds period wood, aluminum, composite, and steel boats, Coast Guard certified for public transportation and excursions. Richard Scarano joined his brother in 1986, when Scarano Boat Building incorporated. They are known for the historic replicas of canal and sailboats. Past projects have included the America, a full-scale replica of the famed 19th century racing schooner, Santa Maria, a replica of Columbus’ 15th century carvel, and Friendship of Salem, a replica of a 171-foot three-masted Salem East Indiaman originally built in 1797.


Finally, PhD physicist and sustainable energy expert David Borton will present the scratch build of the Solar Sal, a 100% solar-powered motor vessel designed to be a US Coast Guard inspected commercial passenger boat. Borton’s design was brought to life by the shipwrights of Riverport Wooden Boat Restorations. At 44 feet long, Solar Sal brings solar energy, electricity, and marine propulsion together to help revolutionize river transportation.

This day-long event will be based around 30-40 minute presentations with audience Q&A and feature a lunchtime round table discussion- the first of many regional meetings bringing together the diverse interests of members of this community together to discuss, not just boat building and restoration, but the logistics of moving freight and passengers in a “post carbon” world when wind and solar power will keep communities connected, provide training and jobs in forest management, solar electric propulsion, woodworking, seafaring, sail making, rigging, and longshore logistics.

This symposium is open to the public. Tickets are $45 for HRMM members and $50 for non-members. Ticket price includes catered lunch. Seating is limited, so reserve today!

Registration, schedule, and more available at: http://www.hrmm.org/keeping-history-afloat.html

About the Hudson River Maritime Museum: Located along the historic Rondout Creek in downtown Kingston, N.Y., the Hudson River Maritime Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for- profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries. HRMM opened the Riverport Wooden Boat School in 2016 and the Riverport Sailing School in 2017.