A Model of Henry Hudson’s “Halve Maen”
A model-maker and the author have built a 1/22 model of the 60ft “Halve Maen”. In 1609, Henry Hudson sailed to find the North-Western passage. He landed at New Amsterdam, now New York. The shape of the hull, with a rounded stern, is commonly found in yachts of the mid 16c. Such ships were two-decked with a a main cabin aft. The mizzen mast with lateen sail is, at this time, underdeveloped, as are the topmasts. The topmast rigging is fastened directly to the tops, not the futtock shrouds. The “Halve Maen” ended her days in India in 1617.