The history of the Onrust (which is Dutch for "unrest" or “restlessness”) began in 1614 with Capt. Adriaen Block. His original ship, the Tyger, was destroyed by fire. Captain Block and his crew built the Onrust in the New York Bay area and explored the coastal waters of New York and New England. It was the first craft built in New York and the first trading vessel in America.
The replica yacht figured in fundraising efforts for a regional food bank. The Onrust Project donated tickets for an all-day cruise on the Hudson River. The trip began and ended at a marina in New Baltimore, with a stop at Historic Catskill Point for lunch. Afterward, the Onrust disembarked passengers for a tour of the Hudson-Athens lighthouse. The event raised some $2,200 for the food bank.
The Onrust has been featured in several nautical events and many educational programs. The project's goal is to extend further its reach to school and youth groups for volunteer on-ship working and learning opportunities.