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sailing and diving around the world
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.