Citing financial hardships, the Board of Directors of the New Netherlands Museum is moving the Half Moon replica ship to the City of Hoorn, The Netherlands. On Saturday night the Half Moon arrived in New London, Connecticut in preparation for it’s departure.
A petition to Dr. Andrew Hendricks, Founder and Chairman of the New Netherland Museum has been established, but has drawn little support, garnering less than 600 signatures. The ship leaves New York with nary a word from the state’s history community or its leaders.
The Half Moon was built in 1989 by the New Netherland Museum, but failed to find a supporting home port in America according to its owners and operators. It is a replica of the Halve Maen, which Henry Hudson sailed up the river that now bears his name in 1609.
The Half Moon is expected to arrive tomorrow in Lynn, Massachusetts, to take part in filming the HBO mini-series “New World”. It will then travel to Newport, Rhode Island to be loaded on a transatlantic cargo ship in early April. Half Moon is expect to land in the Netherlands on May 23rd and spend the summer visiting maritime history festivals there.
The City Council of Hoorn voted in December to adopt the Half Moon for inclusion in a 17th century historic site under the management of the Westfries Museum.
Illustration above, an artist’s rendition of the Half Moon in the harbor a Hoorn.