On Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:30 pm, Rik Van Hemmen presents an illustrated talk about some of the remarkable historic vessels that have sailed out of our local harbors since 1609 when Henry Hudson first dropped by Highlands. Replicas of these vessels still ply our waters and some of the originals vessels can still be seen.
Our Monmouth County shores contribute to a fascinating New York City area maritime life. Today the New York area hosts a vital freight and passenger ship industry as well as recreational and sports boating and fishing. Historically it has been the site of revolutionary maritime warfare, a water playground for the privileged and the middle class, the home of rumrunners and fishermen. That makes for an amazing variety of vessels each with fascinating tales to tell.
Rik Van Hemmen is an ocean engineer and principal in Martin,Ottaway, van Hemmen and Dolan, maritime consultants. Mr. Van Hemmen is vice president of the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association and author of A Chronology of Boating on the Navesink River.
Mr. Van Hemmen's illustrated talk is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Yacht Club located in the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor.