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The stern of the North River sludge vessel moored alongside the Hudson River.
The stern of the North River sludge vessel on the Hudson River.

The Hudson River was originally called the North River by Dutch settlers. In 1807 Robert Fulton constructed the first commercially successful steam-powered ship that sailed the Hudson — The North River Steam Boat.  Today, the 324 foot North River sludge vessel rides the Hudson on behalf of New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection. The North River is capable of carrying more than 100,000 cubic feet of sludge.

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