Replica of Henry Hudson ship heading to Europe

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A full-scale replica of Henry Hudson's early 17th-century ship the Half Moon is heading to a new home port in the Netherlands.

The board of directors of the New Netherland Museum, based in Albany, New York, announced Tuesday that the City Council in Hoorn, Netherlands, voted to adopt the Half Moon.

The ship is a replica of the Dutch vessel Hudson sailed in 1609 when he discovered the river that now bears his name. Launched in 1989, the Half Moon has served as a floating classroom for New York students.

But the ship suffered from financial difficulties and the lack of a home port.

Plans call for the Half Moon to set sail in 2015 for Hoorn. There, it'll be part of a historic site managed by the Westfries Museum.

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