Saturday, January 3, 2009

ONRUST 1614 Replica

The Onrust Project began in 2006 and construction of the replica of the Dutch ship that charted waterways of New York and the Northeast before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock is in its final phase. The Onrust measures 50 feet long and will be 45 feet from keel to the top of the mast, which is not yet in place. It will be christened in the Mohawk River next summer 2009, in time for the statewide quadricentennial celebrations, marking the exploratory voyages of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain and the bicentennial celebration of the city of Schenectady.
The original Onrust - which means restless in Dutch - was built in 1614 after explorer Adriaen Block and his crew were stranded on the tip of Manhattan when their ship, the Tyger, burned. Over the winter, they built the 42-foot, 16-ton Onrust, with help from the Lenape Indians, later renamed Delaware Indians by Europeans. The crew used the ship to explore the waterways around present-day New York and New England before returning to Europe. Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island was named for the captain.
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