Henry Hudson 400
Dutch Barges on the Hudson
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  • NYC
  • 01 Sep - 20 Sep
A FLEET OF DISTINCTIVE DUTCH FLAT BOTTOM BOATS VISITS NEW YORK (see also www.spts.nl). This is a project of the SPTS (Dutch Foundation for Historical Sailin Vessels), in cooperation with the Henry Hudson 400 Amsterdam Foundaton and NY 400.
Early on September 1, 2009, a fleet of distinctive Dutch flat bottom boats will sail with great fanfare into New York Harbor. The distinctive “bottoms” – low-slung skutsjes, fishing boats, barges – are direct descendants of the sailing ships that plied Dutch coastlines in the 17th century, immortalized by the country's painters, and closely related to the first ships built in New York.

The fleet will have crossed the Atlantic aboard Dutch freighters and will remain for three magical weeks, bright sails flapping in the harbor breezes, taking part in sailing races on the city's waterways and offering tours and transport to visitors.

The entire fleet will take part in an Admiral's Sail, a grand naval parade, date to be confirmed. That evening, thousands of people will gather along the river banks to see a flotilla of lighted ships come down the Hudson into the harbor past Battery Park.

When the celebrations are over, the fleet will sail upriver to the state capital at Albany before being returned to the port of Amsterdam.

Do not miss an opportunity to see them or go aboard! Please contact NY2009@spts.nl for more information on Flat Bottom Fleet activities.





NOTE; AFTER THE SUCCESSFUL 2009 CELEBRATION HENRY HUDSON 400 AMSTERDAM RENAMED ITSELF INTO HENRY HUDSON 500.
HENRY HUDSON 400 NY HAS BEEN DISSOLVED. 

Established in 2006 in Amsterdam and in New York, the Henry Hudson 400 Foundation was organized to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson. Besides celebrating the historic event, the Foundation also wants to explore future ties between these two great cities which are linked by their shared belief in the value of free, diverse, outward-reaching societies.
Gert Tetteroo is executive Director

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