Hudson River Pilots

Learn how the marine pilots safely and efficiently guide vessels to the ports along the Hudson River at Ferry Sloops' Spring Lecture Series. Pilot captains, Paul Chevalier and Ian Corcoran of the Hudson River Pilots Association, will present on the navigational work of maritime pilots and the history of the organization.


Join us on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30pm in the clubhouse at Shattemuc Yacht Club. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Explored in 1609 by Henry Hudson, the Hudson River was a major transportation route for the Native Americans and early settlers. Today, these waters are still navigable by ocean vessels to Albany, NY.


Vessel voyages with the Hudson River Pilots begin at the Yonkers Pilot Station for a 56 mile transit in the lower half of the Hudson, passing under 6 bridges, twisting through the sharp turns at the US Military Academy at West Point and, after an approximately a 5.5 hour trip, ending at the second pilot station at Norrie Point.


After a second pilot exchange, the upper part of the Hudson River involves a 54 mile run to the Port of Albany. This transit can take from six to seven and a half hours, depending on the vessel as the navigable channel north of Kingston, NY narrows to a width of 400 feet. Total transit time from Yonkers to Albany will be 11- 13 hours.

The State of New York relies on the Hudson River Pilots Association to be the front line in the effort to protect the river environment and maintain safe commerce to all the ports along the river.

Come with a dish to share at 6:30PM and enjoy a potluck dinner or arrive a little before 7:30PM for the presentation. No reservations needed (seating will be first-come, first-served).

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