The iconic Sloop Clearwater is in the midst of her largest restoration project yet!
Sloop Facts: The sloop Clearwater is a historic replica of the cargo sailing vessels that sailed the Hudson Valley and New York Harbor in the late 18th century and 19th century. Two hundred years ago, sloop cargo was mostly comprised of farm and agricultural goods from upstate, which were delivered downriver to New York City. The finished manufactured goods were then delivered back upstream.
Today, Clearwater’s cargo is made up of people, including children, youth and school groups, college students, maritime and river enthusiasts, environmentalists, and visitors to the Hudson Valley region who join us onboard the sloop as she sails the Hudson from Albany to New York City sharing the inspiring story of how Pete Seeger and his friends came together in 1966 to “build a boat to save a river.”
Watch the sloop Clearwater go from sailing on the River to being hauled out on the barge and taken apart.
Hudson River Sloops of the 18th and 19th centuries were built to last about 15 years, before they were scuttled and replaced. Back then, raw materials and labor were both much cheaper (and the materials were more abundant) than they are today. So, instead of building a new version of our 18th-Century replica sloop, we need to take care of the one we have. After this winter’s project is complete, we’ll feel much more confident about the structural integrity of the hull beneath the waterline, and we’ll be ready to focus on restoring everything above the waterline in the near future.
The midships hull restoration was a very expensive undertaking – estimated to cost $850,000. We had a large matching grant from the NYS Department of Historic Preservation. However, we needed to raise about half the total amount in a relatively short period of time. We are thankful to all of our generous supporters and donors who contributed to our Float the Boat campaign.
Builder: Harvey Gamage Shipyard, South Bristol, Maine
Laid down: October, 1968
Launched: May 17, 1969
Type: gaff sloop
Length: 106 ft (32 m) overall
Beam: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Draft: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Propulsion: sails; auxiliary engine
Sail plan: mainsail, main topsail, jib
Notes: 4305 sq ft. (387.5 m²) total sail area
Location: Beacon, New York
Architect: Hamlin, Cyrus; Gamage, Harvey Shipyard
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference #: 04000376
Added to National Register of Historic Places: May 4, 2004