Being American! What does that mean? Much of the American way of life comes from our early 17th century Dutch roots in America. However that history is not being taught in most schools. The Onrust was the first trading ship built in America in 1614 after Captain Adriaen Block's ship, The Tyger, burned in New York Bay. The captain and crew had a choice - freeze to death or build a new ship. The Onrust (Dutch for Restless or Unrest) was built in four months and the crew spent the next three years exploring the Northeast Coast, trading with Native Americans for fur, creating lasting friendships, and creating the first two accurate maps of the Northeast. The Dutch are the only nation that honored their treaties with the Native Americans. We are building a replica of this first ship and it will become a floating museum and classroom teaching young and old alike about the Dutch contributions to North America, early ship building methods and maritime history.
The Onrust is being built using recently rediscovered 17th century Dutch ship building techniques, making this ship not merely a replica but an actual 17th century Dutch ship, built the same way Adriaen Block and his crew built the original one some 400 years ago.
So far, more than 250 volunteers worked on building the ship and many companies have donated products, equipment and time, which enabled the Onrust to participate in the New York Hudson 400 celebrations in 2009.
We are raising funding to finish the interior spaces below deck as a classroom-museum so that we can fulfill our mission and bring this important part of American history to thousands of people for many years to come.
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We very much want you to become part of the Onrust Project. Please support this invaluable project with your donation and we hope you will be able to sail with her in the near future.
THE ONRUST PROJECT IS A 501 C 3 NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND YOUR DONATION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
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