During the recent make-over, I’ve switched header of my blog to a photo taken during a wonderful late spring boat ride along the Hudson River. My wife and I enjoy lighthouses and, no surprise here, there are several that are best seen from a boat. This is Roundout Lighthouse in Kingston, New York.
Kingston is a beautiful little river town south of Albany. For some, this is considered “upstate New York”, though I subscribe to a different definition – only those areas north of Albany qualify for the “upstate” modifier.
As we departed from the dock, a family of Mallard ducks gave us an escort. She was quite successful hatching that may ducklings and I hope that most avoided large fish and the many cats prowling the water front to reach adulthood.
Lots and lots of boats along the river. The Hudson is actually a “drowned river”, flood by seawater during the end of the last ice age. As the ice melted and sea levels rose, salt water intruded into the river basin. For this reason, the lower Hudson is really considered to be an estuary and is tidal well north of the Bay at New York City.
We boated past this mid-river lighthouse and several mansions built along the shore and then headed back to Kingston and past a waterfront maritime museum.
That’s were we saw Mathilda, a steam tug built during the late 1800’s. Mathilda sank at her dock during the early 1900’s but was recovered and ultimately ended up at the maritime museum in Kingston, an example of the steam tugs that used to ply the waters of the Hudson.