History Talk on the Alligator: The US Navy's Rist Submarine 

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in Titusville, NJ, naval historian Chuck Veit will give an illustrated lecture on the Alligator, the Navy's first submarine. The fascinating story of the Alligator, its missions, and its loss, is told against the history of underwater vessels in the first half of the 19th century. This free lecture is sponsored by the Delaware River Greenway Partnership (DRGP). It will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Route 546 in Titusville, NJ.

In the late 1850s—on the Delaware River at Philadelphia and on Rancocas Creek in New Jersey--an immigrant French engineer named Brutus de Villeroi built a submarine. It was to be used for hunting sunken treasure, but, when war broke out, the inventor offered it to the Navy of his adopted country. Although not interested in submarine warfare, the U.S. Navy was willing to gamble on anything that might be able to sink the rebel Merrimack. De Villeroi's credentials were impeccable: he had a lengthy record of inventions and discoveries, and had built his first submarine in 1832. What could go wrong?

Chuck Veit is author of a number of original research books on Civil War naval topics. Copies of his most recent book, Natural Genius, which tells the story of Brutus de Villeroi and Alligator, will be available for sale.
Chuck is a frequent speaker on 19th century naval topics at area historical societies, Civil War roundtables and conferences and has published numerous articles in journals and magazines. He is president of the Navy & Marine Living History Association, an organization dedicated to sharing America’s naval history through the medium of in-the-field events.

The Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing is located in Hopewell Township about a mile from the river at 268 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road (Route 546), Titusville, NJ.

This talk is one in a series sponsored by DRGP on different aspects of the cultural and natural heritage of the Delaware River and is open to the public free of charge. The next talk in the series is Jeff Marshall, Delaware River Towns: Full of character and full of characters, at 7:30 on Wednesday, November 14, at the David Library of the American Revolution.

NJ Clean Communities 1st Annual Delaware River Cleanup

Please join us in keeping our Delaware River Clean and Pristine on September 15 from 8:30 am-11:30 am.

Note: boat-based cleanup has been cancelled due to unsafe water levels.
Shoreline cleanup will still proceed as scheduled. 

We will be hosting a complimentary pizza lunch at 12:00 at the Bulls Island Recreation Area as a thank you for your time and dedication.

Clean up Start Location Options: 

Click Here to Register Online now!

For specific questions, please email the naturalist at Bulls Island at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meeting place:

  • Bull's Island Recreation Area or Kingwood Boat Launch 


  • 8:30 a.m., for refreshments and orientation; paperwork, as needed 
  • 12:00 p.m. Complimentary Pizza Lunch at Bulls Island Recreation Area

What to wear/bring:

  • Long pants, sturdy footwear, insect repellent 
  • Gloves will be provided but you may wish to have sturdier ones. 

Complimentary Clean-up tee shirt will be provided! 

  • Families are welcome for the shoreline clean up, with at least 1 adult per 3 children under 13. 

All volunteers must sign a Volunteer Cleanup Waiver. available on the day of the cleanup.

Click Here to Register Online Now! 

Fever! The History and Archaeology of the Philadelphia Lazaretto, a precursor to Ellis Island

On Monday, May 14, 2018, the Delaware River Greenway Partnership (DRGP) will sponsor an illustrated lecture, “Trenton’s Other Canal – the Trenton Water Power” by Dr. Richard Hunter at 7:00 p.m. in the ACME Screening Room of the Pittore Justice Center in Lambertville.

Built at the same time as the Delaware and Raritan Canal in the early 1830s, the Trenton Water Power arguably exerted as much influence over Trenton’s 19th-century industrial growth as its better known and larger sibling waterway. The 7-mile-long canal powered dozens of downtown factories – flour mills, saw mills, textile mills and foundries. It played an especially critical role in the rise of the Trenton Iron Company and the Cooper Hewitt iron and steel empire. Today, virtually all above-ground trace of the Trenton Water Power has disappeared. Much of it lies beneath Route 29, which faithfully follows its course from Scudder’s Falls to the Assunpink Creek. Once in a while, remains of the canal will come to light as the city redevelops. Dr. Hunter’s presentation this evening will draw heavily on his firm’s historical and archaeological studies carried out over the past quarter century in connection with the reconstruction of Route 29 and other downtown development projects.

Dr. Richard Hunter is President of Hunter Research, Inc., a Trenton-based historic preservation consulting firm founded in 1986. A long-time resident of Hopewell Township, Richard currently serves as a Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commissioner, a trustee of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, and a board member of the Trenton Downtown Association. He has authored numerous articles on topics of New Jersey history and archaeology and he lectures frequently throughout the region.

The Pittore Justice Center is located at 25 South Union Street, Lambertville, NJ. Metered parking is available in the adjacent lot and on nearby streets.

This talk is one in a series sponsored by DRGP on different aspects of the cultural and natural heritage of the Delaware River and is open to the public free of charge. 

Dr. Richard Hunter

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