Barge and boat. March 3, 2003
The Hudson River is not quite as famous for being a graveyard for
ships and shipwrecks, but the riverbed and the shores are the final resting
place for some of the most famous boats to traverse "America's River."
Sloops, steamboats, ferries, tugs and barges alike are at rest in the river,
while quite a few can been seen still. Amazingly, not one intact steamboat
survives today on the Hudson - just ruins. A four-year study of the Hudson River
directed by Robin Bell, a research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades,
produced a map of the river
bottom, locating over 200 wrecks in the muck. The New York State Office of
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is in the process of identifying
these bones, and as the shipwrecks are considered archaeological sites, their
locations cannot be revealed.
Barge. March 3, 2003
To one who frequents the often secluded and overlooked bays and coves of the Hudson, their location is not always a mystery. But
seeing a few wood beams in the marsh weeds and realizing it was once a grand
steamboat is every bit evocative of investigating the ruins of an old mansion.
These hulks are significant as tangible remnants of an era when these boats
carried brick, ice and other Hudson Valley products to New York City and beyond.
The river was once the primary means of transporting people too, but today we
choose instead to make more room for more roadways to congest them with even
Rail spur at dock. March 3, 2003
Valley Ruins and Abandoned Buildings, etc.
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