In 1966 Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi founded the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. This is an organization located in Beacon NY that works to protect the Hudson River and surrounding wetlands through education and advocacy.The organization is known for its sailing vessel the Clearwater as well as its annual music festival. Pete Seeger worked tirelessly through Clearwater promoting the Clean Water Act. Once passed he continued to promote it and made it into one of the most successful environmental laws. The sloop Clearwater was launched on June 27, 1969. It was 106 feet (32 meter) long with a 108 foot (33 meter) mast. In August, 1969,the sloop pulled into the East River in New York City on its way to the Hudson River. Seeger also formed the Clearwater organization, an environmental group dedicated to advances in sewer treatment, industrial waste disposal, and the discharge of major pollutants into the Hudson.
Seeger who was a controversial character most of his life was also concerned with the environment, and became more so as became older. He was decidedly to the left in his politics, was indicted and imprisoned by the HUAC for his association with Communists. He remained committed to Social Democracy and a better environment throughout his life. He died yesterday at age 94.He was a worker most of his life and used his music to accomplish much.
I made these pictures of the Clearwater while visiting the BWAC (Brooklyn Waterfront Art Center) down in Red Hook one cloudy day. Ira had photos on display, and Jessie was just visiting with us.