Timeline






Photos of Eleanor when she sailed the Hudson River

Henry Hopkins Livingston, second owner of Eleanor.

Captain Philip S. Egan, third owner of Eleanor

Louise Bliss going up in the bosum’s chair during an OpSail

1995 – Philip Beals and Louise Bliss at the tiller

If you have photos Eleanor, please send them to us at eleanorrestorationproject@gmail.com and we will post them  here.

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12/27/1982
Eleanor is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

7/4/1986
Eleanor sails as part of Operation Sail 1986

12/15/2010 – 12/16/2010
Eleanor travels from the International School of Yacht Restoration in Newport RI to her new home in Hudson, NY

1/6/2011
HRHB presentation at Wunderbar, Hudson NY

5/6/2011
Captain Peter Fenn, a member of Accredited Marine Surveyors, completes a marine survey of Eleanor

 




5/25/2011
Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration and Sailing Society organizational meeting held at Greenport Town Hall to elect officers and approve bylaws

9/30/2011
US IRS grants tax exempt status under section 501(c)3 to HRHB retroactive to March 2011

12/15/2011
HRHB becomes a member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce




2/2012
Andersen Boat Transport of Burnt Hills NY moves Eleanor into her reconstruction site

4/24/2012
“Let’s Go Sailing” program established to create more sailing opportunities by matching members who can act as crew with members who are looking for crew

12/8/2012
HRHB holds a hoop making workshop at the reconstruction site. It was a learning experience for all!

Spring 2013
HRHB received a $600 Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation grant for lumber for storage cabinets to be built by the Senior Construction Technology students at Questar 111, Hudson, NY

6/8/2013 & 8/10/2013
HRHB volunteers manned the information tent and greeted the public at the Hudson Farmers’ Market




Fall 2013
– An appeal is made to cover the cost of mahogany for a new transom and deck trim. The appeal is successful and the mahogany is purchased from Will Poliquin, Smithtown, RI.
– Clear Atlantic Cedar is purchased from Wil Poliquin. The cedar will be used for the decking and the above water line planking where needed.

8/2013
Bank of Greene County Foundation awards $250.00 for power tools

10/2013
Columbia Greene Educational Center students deliver cabinets to restoration site




1/23/2014
Fourth Annual Meeting held at Wunderbar, 744 Warren Street, Hudson, NY. Isabel Livingston presented President Louise Bliss with a photo of Henry Hopkins Livingston, second owner of Eleanor.

3/2014
Members check in with the hard water sailors at the Ice Boating Regatta in Barrytown, NY. Ice boats are four sided gaff riggs as is Eleanor and some have just about the same main sail size. See detailed pictures of rigging on the Restoration Progress page.

4/24/2014
Vote to contract with Pleasant Bay Boat and Spar Company, PO Box 1174, Orleans, MA 02653 to design and build the spars for Eleanor.

Spring 2014
Visited Rokeby Farm to see about getting some white oak

 




6/2014
Building a Mast
Members visit the Pleasant Bay Boat and Spar Company to learn how a mast is made using the bird’s mouth construction technique. Louise Bliss and Suzanne Leahy shake hands on an agreement for building Eleanor’s mast, boom, and gaff by Pleasant Bay.

9/6/2014
Ten ducks and ten flamingos competed in The Great Water Race and Barbecue at Roe-Jan Creek Boat Club to raise funds for Eleanor’s spars.

12/11/2014
President Louise Bliss shakes hands with Commodore Allen White after her presentation on Eleanor at the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club

1/2015
Suzanne Leahy (see 6/2014) joins Beetle Cat Boat Shop in Wareham, Mass. Michelle Buoniconto, owner of Beetle Cat, and Suzanne Leahy together will honor the June 2014 agreement and build the spars as previously agreed to by Leahy.

 




1/22/2015
The Hudson River Historic Boat Inc. reaches its $10,000 milestone toward the $15,000 goal needed for building the mast, boom, and gaff for sailboat Eleanor at the 5th Annual Reunion and Meeting.

4/13/2015
Louise tells the story of the Eleanor at the Newport Yacht Club.

5/1/2015
Michelle Buoniconto, Beetle, Inc. Wareham, MA. takes measurements for the spar build.

5/16/2015
HRHB participated in the New York Rivers Boating Festival at Henry Hudson Waterfront Park. Featured at our Education Tent were demonstrations of our member-built steam chamber, a slide show of restoration progress, and educational information on navigation for children.




5/31/2015
Great Lawn & Porch Party to Benefit the Sloop Eleanor Restoration, Rokeby Estate, Barrytown.
Guest speaker Halsey Herreshoff. More photos of the day.

Summer 2015
– Education Tent at Hudson Farmers Markets in July and August.
– So far in 2015 restoration volunteers have contributed 341.5 hours, or $25,000 of in-kind labor at the site. Praise to our on and off-site volunteers!
– In July HRHB reached its goal of raising $18,000 to pay for the research, design, materials and build of the mast, gaff, and boom. Members will visit Beetle Boat Company to see the beginning of the build.
– Four very large pieces of white oak were brought to Ghent Wood Products to be planed and ripped for building the deadwood.
– HRHB contacted Wally the Welder of Ghent to design a cart to move the 2,000 lb. keel back into place when ready.
– Grant money received from the Hudson River Front Improvement Fund Grant awarded in February 2015 bought supplies and materials to rebuild the hull.
– Motion to make the next capital fund Raising The Sails made, seconded, and passed at the August 27 meeting.




11/12/2015
Helena Andreyki and John Mylod from the Hudson River Foundation made a site visitation.

1/17/2016
Honorable Mayor Tiffany Hamilton and her aide Lisa Walsh visited Eleanor at the restoration site. They were enthusiastic about her shape, style, and the amount of work completed by the volunteers. Mayor Hamilton stated that she felt sure there would be a place for Eleanor at the Hudson Waterfront.

1/28/2016
Beth Neville, Board Member and Anne Terwilliger, Charter Member share a story at the Annual Meeting.
Louise Bliss, President and Phil Hoyt, Senior Charter Member at the Annual Meeting.




4/21/2016
Eleanor Exhibit at the Germantown Library. See website for hours and directions.

8/2016
Eleanor Exhibit at Hudson Area Library

9/2016 – 10/2016
Eleanor Exhibit at Columbia Greene Community College

10/8/2016
Spars arrive in Hudson!




12/28/2016
Planning & beginning the move of our restoration site one bay south. Our volunteers prepared the keel and Eleanor for the move.

12/30/2016
The major moving day. Our lights will be moved soon. We will find a good spot to hang Eleanor’s flag.




2/2/2017
Joe Kenneally officially hung our memorial flag in our new location. This marked the end of the move and the beginning of back to work on Eleanor.

3/17/2017
First Open Site. Two new volunteers!

3/21/2017
Annual Meeting of HHRB.  The winners of the Saugerties Lighthouse Raffle are Peggy Lampman of Claverack and Ginger Gellman Bliss of Rutland Vermont.

3/28/2017
New York State Safe Boating class sponsored in part by the Hudson River Historic Boat was held on March 28, 2017.  Taught by members of the Hudson River Historic Boat, seven participants received their Safe Boating Certificates.




May 20, 2017
Annual Treasure Sale held at 538 Warren Street to raise money for the sails.