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Subject: [Q-R] Excerpt of History
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2003 18:58:25 EDT
.........." The " Half Moon" is probably the oldest ghost ship plying the
waters surrounding North America. With sightings reported as early as 1660s, the
vessel had logged hundreds of miles sailing through the Hudson Bay and into
the mouth of the Hudson River.
The " Half Moon" was first spotted by Dutch settlers at the colony
of New Amsterdam(later New York), who observed the ship sailing around the
southern tip of Manhattan Island just shortly after a dreadful storm had lifted.
Initially, the settlers believed the vessel to be a harbinger of hope
delivering relatives and supplies to the struggling community. The entire settlement
gathered at the harbor and hailed the ship as it approached, but they received
no response. The boat merely sailed past silently, moving against both wind
and tide to travel up the Hudson River. The colonists at New Amsterdam were
completely confused and waited in vain for the ship to return.
Over the course of the next few months, New Amsterdam received
numerous reports of a mysterious ship sailing the Hudson River. In some cases, the
ship drifted close to shore and witnesses could hear a deep voice shouting
orders from the boat, although no one was ever observed on deck manning the sails
or the wheel.
Finally, those living along the Hudson River identified the phantom
boat as the "Half Moon", Henry Hudson's personal ship. Hudson, who discovered
the Hudson River in 1609, died in 1611 after spending many years in search of
the Northwest Passage. Some believed he returned from the dead to continue his
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