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 of Eleanor, please send them to us at eleanorrestorationproject@gmail.com and we will post them  here.


Eleanor is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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

HRHB presentation at Wunderbar, Hudson NY

Captain Peter Fenn, a member of Accredited Marine Surveyors, completes a marine survey of Eleanor

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

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

HRHB becomes a member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce

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

“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

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.

Bank of Greene County Foundation awards $250.00 for power tools

Columbia Greene Educational Center students deliver cabinets to restoration site

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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

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.


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.

Louise tells the story of the Eleanor at the Newport Yacht Club.

Michelle Buoniconto, Beetle, Inc. Wareham, MA. takes measurements for the spar build.

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.

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.

Helena Andreyki and John Mylod from the Hudson River Foundation made a site visitation.

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.

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.

Eleanor Exhibit at the Germantown Library. See website for hours and directions.

Eleanor Exhibit at Hudson Area Library

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

Spars arrive in Hudson!

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

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

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.

First Open Site. Two new volunteers!

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

The volunteer crew suprised President Louise Bliss on her birthday. It’s not all work and no play!

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.

June 20, 2017
President Louise Bliss speaks on Eleanor at the Livingston Free Library

June 22, 2017
June meeting at Hudson River Front Park. Nick Tipple presents the new rudder, built by Ghent Wood Products and fitted with original hardware.

June 24, 2017
HRHB mans an information booth at the Hudson Farmers Market

HRHB hosted an “Eleanor — Soon to be Powered by the Wind Again” table at Hope on the Hudson: An Evening of Celebration and Success at the Basilica.

Volunteers take a break from their work to enjoy an end of year thank you from HRHB.

2/1/2018 – Annual Meeting for Members & Friends
Thirty-three members and guests attended the 8th Annual Meeting at the Hudson Power Boat Club. They including Honorable Mayor of the City of Hudson Rick Richter; Lisa Cline, Director of the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston; Jack Weeks, President of the HRMM Board; Jim Kricker, Lead Shipwright from the River Wooden Boat School, Kingston; and Reed Bielenburg from the Hudson Valley Ice Boat Organization. Volunteers were recognized for their total of 612 hours of work. It was a wonderful evening with a mingling of new and old members and volunteers.