Howdy! On April 8th, an energetic crew of 26 set out aboard the Replica Ship Half Moon, en route for Peckham Wharf in Athens, New York. The Half Moon has been docked at King Marine in Verplanck, New York since last November. This is the first voyage of the season. During this voyage, we worked hard to get all of the systems properly working. These systems begin with the first start of the engine to the inspection and upgrading of the marine toilet and chemical waste plant.
Due to amazing weather conditions of Friday, April 8th, our early crew was able to move the ship out of the bulkhead at King Marine, a day ahead of schedule! First things first, the tarps, which were used to prevent the ship from weathering throughout the winter had to come down. This year, the tarps also were wrapped around the yards, this allowed us to leave the sails attached and not have to take them down, which is a process the is quite complex. Earlier crew who arrived on Thursday had made great headway in removing the ice eaters from inside the bulkhead, as well as in organizing the tarps and gear.
On Saturday, we were able to sleep in until 6:30. Great weather conditions allowed us to travel quite a distance, nearly making our way to Athens in one day! However, we anchored by around 10:00pm, leaving yet another amazing day to finally get the sails unfurled and practice line handing and sail handling. Sunday, we rose early to raise the anchor, which is really, really, really heavy! The job is done in no time and we are shortly underway. As soon as breakfast is served, we are already preparing for a day full of great sailing. Alex and I decide to climb up the rigging to the foremast to unfurl the fore course and fore top. Other crew members do the same on the main mast.
Sailing is finally underway, as we assemble teams of crew to practice sail handling. What an exciting shakedown voyage it was!