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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.
Dave Ellis has written 8 posts for Helm Hutch

Spring 2014 Shakedown

The Spring 2014 Shakedown Voyage aboard the Replica Ship Half Moon is just days away. In preparation for this Voyage, I will be posting entries in a different manner. Last Spring, I posted a Deck Log on http://friendsofhalfmoon.webs.com/spring-2013-shakedown. However, due to hosting restrictions on the site, I’ve decided that I will post entries here instead. … Continue reading

Spring Is In The Air

With the warmer weather, I have been mesmerizing about the upcoming Spring, kayaking on the Hudson River, sailing on the Half Moon and even camping in Lake George. This winter has seen a wide variety of weather from frigid, below zero temperatures to temperatures in the high 40’s. Over the past few years, our winters … Continue reading

Shaking Out The Ship

Recently, much progress was made in preparing the Half Moon for our upcoming Shakedown Voyage from Verplanck to Athens. Over the past few days, the gun port covers were put in place, the generator and the engine were started and the tarps were taken down. With any shakedown voyage, there was a lot of rummaging … Continue reading

A New Season On The Half Moon

2013 is an important year for the Replica Ship Half Moon, not history-wise, but maintenance-wise. This year, the Half Moon will undergo major projects, including a haul out on Staten Island to make repairs to the hull. Other projects include the replacement of running rigging, standing rigging and woodwork throughout the ship. In order for … Continue reading

Onrust Maintenance Underway (UPDATED)

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 … Continue reading

Mystic Whaler Moves In!

Over this past weekend, while aboard the Replica Ship Half Moon, we came across the schooner, Mystic Whaler. The Mystic Whaler is based out of New London, Connecticut, where the Half Moon often docks during the summer, in preparation for the Goodwin College Voyage of Discovery. Just yesterday, by coincidence, I had the honor of … Continue reading

Spring Shakedown 2011

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 … Continue reading

Welcome Aboard!

Hello and welcome to the “Helm Hutch,” a blog about ordinary life, the world around us, newsworthy grind, and the many adventures that life brings forward. Here, I will share interesting stories and photographs from the many experiences that I come upon from time to time. Follow along and learn something new along the way. … Continue reading

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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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