The Daily Gazette
The Locally Owned Voice Of The Capital Region
Advertisement
Promotions

Replica Dutch ship still unused

Onrust built as history museum

The Onrust is docked along with pleasure boats at the Water's Edge Marina in Glenville in 2011.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
The Onrust is docked along with pleasure boats at the Water's Edge Marina in Glenville in 2011.
Text Size: A | A

Years after the Onrust was lowered into the Mohawk River, it’s still moored at a dock, unused. Hundreds of local volunteers worked for three years to build the wooden ship using only the techniques used 400 years ago by the Dutch. They replicated the first decked ship ever built in the Americas. The original Onrust was built near what is now Manhattan by stranded Dutch sailors after their ship burned. The replica was intended to ...

You Must or Subscribe to Continue
subscribe to the Daily Gazette
Individual stories can be found and purchased from our Archives for $2.00

Enjoy this story? Share it!

Advertisement

comments

artbarb
July 13, 2012
12:29 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

This article is terrible? The volunteers who actually WORK on the boat have been doing it every week. The ones complaining have not been on the boat in two years!!!

SnowGrinch
July 13, 2012
9:06 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

The "ones complaining" built the boat.

carolynclayton
July 13, 2012
11:13 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

Where did the funding for the Onrust originate? Grants, donations? What was the total cost of the Franchere Center at Mabee House and how is it presently financed? What is their annual attendance count other than the Historical Society members? Large groups of area students have outings to the site, usually prior to holidays and vacation periods. Do school groups pay to tour the property? What was the cost of the acreage on the opposite side of the Mohawk River from the Mabee property? Apparently, the land was purchased to prevent the loss of the bucolic view from the Rotterdam Junction side of the river. In what ways do the people associated with the entire Mabee project contribute to the village of Rotterdam Junction, which was and still is, devastated due to flooding caused by hurricane Irene?

SchenectadyScott
July 13, 2012
4:11 p.m.

[ Flag Post ]

Like all not for profits, it is very tough in economies as the one we are experiencing to carry on with projects of any magnitude. All projects are determined by the supporters and fundraising that is needed to support such projects. It takes great work to solicit funding which should be focused on private donations and not public funding or grants. To rely in public funding and grants is a very unrealistic goal to attain. As a former manager of a 501c3, I see this project as a miracle as to how far it has progressed to where it is right now. Like a small business there are many failures without success. If a project is meant to be it will be. Some are not meant to be. How do you warrant interest in such projects like these in a time where cities like Schenectady are on the brink of financial disaster and collapse. People need to wake up and prioritize the needs of a community. Is a floating museum a priority when we have uncertainty of livelihoods and futures?

Advertisement