Restoration work begins (Photos: Alan Thomas)
BEACON – After a three-year, $400,000 restoration at the Riverport
Wooden Boat School at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, the
Sloop Woody Guthrie is returning to its homeport in Beacon.
It will be re-christened next Saturday, August 26.
The Woody Guthrie was built in 1978 to carry out the mission of the Clearwater
on a local level. It was originally owned by Pete and Toshi Seeger, who
later donated it to the Beacon Sloop Club.
Volunteers from the club have helped sail and maintain the vessel over
the last 40 years.
Restoration of the sloop began in August 2015. Work has included replacing
nearly all of the ship’s frames, planks, structural timbers, a portion
of the decking, and a section of the keel.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum’s professional shipwright crew,
under the leadership of Boat School Director Jim Kricker, was aided by
volunteers from the Beacon Sloop Club.
On the Hudson