What Were the Names of Henry Hudson's Ships?


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The names of Henry Hudson's three ships were Hopewell, Half Moon and Discovery. Hudson was the famous English navigator who discovered three bodies of water that bear his name — Hudson Strait, Hudson Bay and Hudson River.

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What Were the Names of Henry Hudson's Ships?
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Hudson embarked on his first recorded expedition aboard the Hopewell in 1607. He was tasked by the Muscovy Company to find the Northeast Passage. However, the Hopewell was unable to locate the shipping route due to an ice blockade. Hudson's second ship was the Half Moon, which was owned by the Dutch East India Company. It was during his exploration around Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay in 1609 that Hudson first sailed across the Hudson River. Hudson's last voyage was aboard the Discovery. The journey took him to the northern Labrador coast in 1610 where he traveled down the Hudson Strait straight into the Hudson Bay.

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