Woody Guthrie Sloop
Woody Guthrie Sloop is back at the harbor!!!
The Beacon Sloop Club needs volunteer sailors to crew the Woody
weeknights and weekends.
If you have experience sailing, please consider becoming a Woody
Beacon Sloop Club's pride & joy is the "WOODY GUTHRIE"
...a wooden replica of a Hudson River Ferry Sloop. These boats,
styled after Dutch designs, plied the Hudson throughout the 18th
& 19th centuries.
in 1978, her purpose is to provide free sails to the public &
introduce them to the wonders on the river. It is hoped that a new
appreciation of the Hudson will be fostered & that the public
will then join in the club's role as a protector of this national
here to visit the Beacon Sloop's Website
1969 the newly built sloop 'Clearwater' first visited Beacon. A
small band of local youngsters and oldsters organized a welcoming
festival to support the valiant crew of the sloop and to help spread
Clearwater's environmental message. Thus began the Beacon Sloop
Our first meetings
were held in a Main Street storefront until the City granted us
the use of the old Ferry Diner at the riverfront. Over the years,
volunteers have enlarged and improved the building. The spruce tree
that once stood outside the diner now grows through the roof. Docks,
launch ramps and a mooring tender have all been installed by volunteers.
Our sailing programs have taught hundreds the art of sailing. Thousands
of guests on our free sails have learned a new appreciation of the
glorious Hudson River.
Our first big
victory came after years of petitions and festivals. Riverfront
Park was created from a former garbage dump and a raw sewage leak
nearby was located and stopped. The river is now safe for swimming
thanks not only to Clearwater, but to dozens of other organizations
all over the country that have pressured Washington for funding
of sewage treatment plants. For less than 5 cents per day from every
man, woman and child in the USA we have taken giant steps toward
cleaner water. There's still a big job ahead. Toxic waste in our
waterways threatens our health and safety, causing cancer, birth
defects, and other undesirable conditions. This little club will
be part of the campaign. We welcome folks both young and old to
join us. It's been quite a ride since 1969 and the best is yet to
- Pete Seeger
and Others, BSC 1996