The Hudson River Maritime Museum on Kingston's Historic Rondout waterfront, preserves the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the communities and industries that developed around it. The collection is comprised of paintings, prints, photographs and ephemera, vessel blueprints, artifacts, and a variety of ship models.
The East Gallery displays small craft, artifacts salvaged from historic vessels, ship models, and exhibits on the beloved Hudson River steamboat “Mary Powell,” ferries and tugboats. The West Gallery features a re-creation of Hudson’s aft cabin in the “Half Moon” along with two seasonal exhibits: "Rondout: A River Port", including many archival photographs of the Rondout, and "Troubled Waters: Wrecked and Sunken Ships of the Hudson", about the history and technology now being used in underwater archaeology.
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