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Onrust Maintenance Underway (UPDATED)

The Replica Ship Onrust at Scarano Boat Building

The Onrust | Photo: Dave Ellis

Recently, I was searching the internet for information about the Replica Ship Onrust. I discovered that the original Onrust, a Dutch Yacht was built in 1614 on the beach at Manhattan by the crew of Captain Adriaen Block. Construction of the 50-foot replica started during the Fall of 2006 on the banks of the Mohawk River at the well-known Mabee Farm Historic Site, of the Schenectady County Historical Society, in Rotterdam Junction, New York.

Since I am an avid sailor and crew member aboard the Replica Ship Half Moon, I thought it might be interesting to experience the similarities and differences that the Onrust has in comparison to the Half Moon. I found out that the Onrust, which is owned by New Netherland Routes has a Facebook Page, where contact information is listed. I contacted Don Rittner and discovered that the Onrust is currently at Scarano Boat Builders at the Port of Albany. The crew is working on caulking the wooden planks on the weather deck. Last season, the Onrust had to be removed from the Mohawk River a month ahead of schedule due to the flooding of the Mohawk.

This season, the Onrust will spend quite sometime undergoing maintenance. The ship will spend much of the season in Waterford, NY with a short time at Riverside Park in Scotia, NY. Right now, preparations are underway to get the Onrust back to her full beauty after a long winter berthing at Scarano. There are plans currently underway to move the Onrust to Waterford, NY on May 4th (tentative). Everyone is welcome to visit the Onrust in Waterford and help perform maintenance as well.

UPDATE: On Thursday, April 21, volunteers wrapped up the tarring of the new deck. On Friday, April 22, we complete final caulking of seems along the deck, further protecting the ship from leaks. On Monday work will resume to remove the protective plastic and tarps on the weather deck. Plastic was used to protect the deck throughout the winter months. The ship is currently scheduled to be placed in the river on Wednesday. Stay tuned for new updates in the coming weeks.


About Dave Ellis

Hi, my name is Dave Ellis. I am an avid sailor, photographer, graphic design guru, and mountain biker. I enjoy capturing the world through photographs and sharing my experiences online via Facebook, and the many blogs and websites I manage. Right now, I am working on an iPhone App for the New Netherland Museum and its replica ship, Half Moon.


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The Replica Ship Half Moon is currently docked at King Marine In Verplack, NY. Over the course of the next few weeks, crews will work to get all systems aboard the ship ready for the first voyage of the season, when the ship will then be sailed to our working berth at Peckham Materials in Athens.

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