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sailing and diving around the world
We left Ossining at 10:15am, a little later than usual, in order to take advantage of a fair tide. In other words, the tide is either going up the Hudson, or going down, or south. As we wanted to continue south, we needed to time our departure with an ebb tide. We weren't sure whether or not we wanted to stay in NYC harbor, or not, but we ended up going straight to Atlantic Highlands, which is right beside Sandy Hook. We anchored for the first time, and it was quite pleasant. We had a neat view of the NYC lights when the sun went down. We could also still see the Varrazano Bridge.
Seeing the George Washington Bridge, in the distance, was quite a thrill. I had driven across that bridge many times, but never sailed under it. It was almost as exciting as the time I sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge, going into San Francisco. Of course, when I saw the bridge, we were also approaching the Palisades, the famous 500-foot cliffs, on the west bank of the river.
The final leg of the Hudson, down through, and out of NYC harbor was fabulous. For the first time, I really had to be on my toes. There was every manner of water craft, from paddle boarders, to kayaks, small pleasure boats, sailboats, tug boats, tug boats pushing barges, and the gigantic ocean freighters. There are 'rules of the road,' as outlined in the COLREGS, but those rules pretty much go out the window in a place like NYC harbor. Heck, don't even bother with radar, AIS, or anything else. Stick to the marked channels, and simply stay out of everyone else's way :) It actually wan't too bad. The wakes from the other boats created a bit of a roller-coaster ride, sometimes, and we had to stop a couple of times to allow sailboats to pass.
We arrived in Atlantic Highlands at 7:30pm and dropped the hook.
Normally, I put all of the photos in chronological order, but there were too many in this post so I left them a little jumbled up.
We shook off our lines from the Museum dock and departed Kingston , bound for Ossining, NY, home of the famous Sing Sing prison. We passed Highland, which is right across from Poughkeepsie, and sailed under the railway bridge, which was converted to a pedestrian bridge, making it the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. From the bridge are views that every photographer dreams about. Another 16 miles, or so, downstream, is Pollepel Island, which has become famous for the Bannerman Castle. It's not much of anything anymore, really, but it's a pretty good place to anchor. You can anchor between the island and the eastern shore, but you have to enter from the south, sticking to the deeper water near the shore. Good holding, in mud, in 8'-12' depths.
Another 3 miles downriver is Cold Spring, where you can anchor in the bay, just north of town. Many people have called this part of the Hudson 'the most picturesque stretch of navigable water in the U.S. Local legend would have us believe that George Washington took a drink from of the springs and the name Cold Spring stuck. This area did, however, play a real part in the American Revolution. Cold Spring had iron ore and water power, so it was a natural conclusion to build the West Point Foundry, in 1818. From its opening, to its closing, in 1911, the foundry produced several 'firsts,' such as the first public water pipes, for NY, Boston, and Chicago, the first two railroad locomotives, the first passenger train, and the first iron-clad ship of the War of Northern Aggression, the "U.S.S. Monitor.'
Two miles, or so, downriver, we came to West Point Military Academy. This was my favorite part of the Hudson, not because of the Academy itself, but because of the way the mountains seemed to converge on that one spot of the river. As we rounded the first bend, you couldn't tell where the river was anymore. It looked like we were in a lake, surrounded by green mountains. You should be able to see what I mean in the pictures. For those who are at West Point on Memorial Day, May 25, they get treated to a 21-gun salute. This is the highest honor of the country. The gun salute reached 21 by 1818, one salute for each state, and by 1841, the national salute was reduced to 21 guns. Some notable West Point Graduates are: Jefferson Davis- President of the Confederate States, class of 1828; Robert E. Lee, Gentleman and legendary Confederate General, class of 1829; and the Great, WWII, Commanding General, George S. Patton, class of 1909.
5 miles downriver we came across Bear Mountain Bridge, which, where you'll find a lovely anchorage, in a bay just south of the bridge, to starboard, on the western shore. 15 miles further along we come to Haverstraw, which is right across from Croton-On-Hudson. This is a beautiful spot, with lots of places to anchor, and it also happens to be the widest part of the Hudson, at 3/12 miles wide. 4 miles further along we came to Ossining, which we made our stop for the night. We were in Westerly Marina, which was almost beside Sing Sing prison. We departed Kingston at 6:30am, so it was typically misty, and the sun was still trying to break its way through. By the time we tied up at Westerly Marina, it had cleared and we enjoyed a beautiful evening.