National Geographic : 1970 Jul
British from cutting the river-blocking chain. Two devout sisters, the Misses Susan and Anna Warner, lived on the island for many years. On summer Sunday afternoons they held Bible classes for cadets in their orchard. Mrs. William Lewis, head of the Constitu tion Island Association, showed us through the simple old 19th-century Warner house, where Anna wrote the words to the hymn "Jesus Loves Me." I noticed a stack of old straw mats, which the sisters provided, acad emy tradition says, to guard the cadets' white dress trousers from grass stains. As the gift of Anna Warner, the surviving sister, and Mrs. Russell Sage, the island was deeded to the Nation in 1908. It is used as a picnic place for cadets and their dates-unof ficially off-limits to officers. Most of the way upriver, as I have said, we were hard on the trail of Henry Hudson.* But at a place called Coeymans, just south of Albany, we hit it harder than we wanted to. Putting in to fill our fuel tanks, we cut too close to a pencil-like bar that protects the harbor. White Mist stuck fast, and reversing the diesel failed to budge her. The Hudson is *See "Henry Hudson's River," by Willard Price, NA TIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, March 1962.