Last week, on June 17, a legal notice appeared in the Register-Star. The petitioners in the lawsuit are the members of the Furgary Boat Club, identified in the notice as "The North Dock Tin Boat Association Inc." The respondents named are the New York State Office of General Services, the City of Hudson, and "the descendants, heirs, or devisees" of the original Proprietors: Thomas Jenkins, Seth Jenkins, David Lawrence, Hezekiah Dayton, Shubael Worth, Joseph Barnard, Ezra Reed, Charles Jenkins, Benjamin Folger, Reuben Folger, William Wall, Nathaniel Greene, Samuel Mansfield, Cotton Gelston, John Thurston, William Minturn, Peleg Clark, and Titus Morgan.
The lawsuit seeks to stop the transfer of land on which the Furgary Boat Club is situated from the State of New York to the City of Hudson and to establish forever the "clear and vested rights" of the boat club "to use, occupy, and possess" the property without interference from any of the respondents in the case. The legal action calls upon the descendants, heirs, or devisees of the Proprietors to claim their property within a designated period of time, or the Furgary Boat Club will own it by adverse possession.
The petitioners are being represented by the Albany law firm of McNamee Lochner Titus and Williams.
Click here for the full text of the notice.
There's a slide show on Flickr of quite remarkable photographs of Furgary shacks by Tim Heffernan.