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Sneak Preview of our Fantastic Auction Items

In addition to honoring Charles H. Townsend and Captain Cesare Sorio and paying tribute to Peter Stanford, one of the many exciting aspects of our Annual Awards Dinner is the LIVE and SILENT auctions!  Even if you are not able to attend, you can still participate and support the National Maritime Historical Society. Let us do the bidding for you!

Call  914-737-7878 ext. 0 to be set up with your own personal bidding representative. Be sure to place your highest bid with your representative, who will bid in increments from the starting bid up to your highest bid. All items will be available to bid on the night of the event, October 26, 2016. Telephone bids will not be accepted after Monday October 24 at 12:00 Noon EST.

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS

1. Renowned marine artist John Stobart has generously donated a spectacular oil painting to honor his friend, the late Peter Stanford.

‘Aucoot Cove: The View to Converse Point’

Stobart Aucoot Cove The View to Converse Point FRAMEDIn the picturesque area of Massachusetts known as South Coast in lies Aucoot Cove, a body of water shared with the towns of Mattapoisett on the west and Marion on the east.

This setting provides fascinating subject matter in an undeveloped rural paradise.  

On a mostly sunny day, dotted with few clouds, one can see clearly from Mattapoisett across the cove to Converse Point. The foreground offers a peek into the lives of casual boaters enjoying the day perhaps fishing for dinner.

Stobart_painting_SMMedium: Oil on Canvas
Size Unframed: 12” x 19”
Size Framed: 22” x 29”
Year: 2012

Donated by: John Stobart

Opening Bid: $50,000
Value: $70,000

2. Private Charter Aboard Yacht Manhattan for Forty (40) Guests

Yacht Manhattan 40SM Enjoy a 2-hour private charter aboard the Yacht Manhattan with up to forty (40) guests and an open bar! This gorgeous buff-hulled 80-foot, twenties-style yacht offers elegance and comfort, wrapped in turn-of-the-century tradition. She is equipped with teak decks and mahogany trim. Her spectacular cabin features an all-glass observatory, cushioned seating and a well-appointed bar, all of which provides you and your guests with stunning panoramic views of NYC. Departs from Chelsea Piers. Time to be mutually agreed upon. Gratuity is not included. Not valid on Saturdays; expires December 31, 2017.
Donated By: Classic Harbor Line and Scarano Boat Building
Value: $4,000

3. Star Clipper Cruise for 2 Guests, up to 7 nights
starclipperscruisescomsm-300x192A true clipper ship, the Star Clipper reflects her proud heritage in every inch of polished brass. The ship is intimate with spacious accommodations for just 170 passengers. Expansive teak decks provide ample space for relaxation and recreation. Whether you decide to glide among the emerald-clad islands of the Caribbean, enjoy the once in a lifetime adventure of an epic ocean crossing, be charmed by the ancient, sun-warmed ports of the Mediterranean or be intrigued by the mysteries of the Far East and Central America, each and every voyage aboard Star Clippers will be a little bit different from the one before – or after. Enjoy an outside category ‘4’ cabin for 2 guests for a 7 night cruise. Port charges, gratuities, air, transfers and fuel surcharge not included. Holiday Sailings excluded. Subject to availability, no changes allowed after booking, not transferable, no cash value. Based on space available; the requested date will not be confirmed before 30 days prior to departure. Expires December 15, 2017.
Donated By: Star Clipper
Value: $8,200

4. Educational Initiatives
Take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to the NMHS education programs that introduce students to ecology, science, technology, engineering, math, history and hands-on sailing, through experiential learning programs which excite young people about our maritime past and future.

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

Muller ViewFromSouthStView from South Street, New York in 1892 by William G. Muller
Sold out artist proof.  In this moonlit view, we are looking over the East River and Brooklyn Bridge from South Street at Fulton Ferry, as the full-rigged ship Largo Law set sail in 1892. Museum quality framed.  Sheet Size: 27″ x 35 5/8″. Signed and Numbered 22/50.
Donated By: William G. Muller
Value: $975
Starting Bid: $600 / Bid Increments: $50

Muller NY Harbor

New York Harbor During The Great Steamship Era, 1935 by William G. Muller
In this nostalgic scene, the legendary new French Liner Normandie steams out of port past the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty, while the Cunard Liner Aquitania arrives from Europe in 1935. Museum quality framed.  Sheet Size: 24 1/2″ x 34″.  Signed and Numbered 468/525.
Donated By: William G. Muller
Value: $450
Starting Bid: $300 / Bid Increments: $50

Tuaga-correa-turk-braceletrk’s-Head 7″ Sterling Silver Bracelet
Beautiful sterling silver women’s bracelet with three strand braiding and clasp. This Turk’s-head piece is individually hand woven, and therefore, no two pieces of the same design are identical. The exact origin of  the Turk’s-head is unknown, however,  the design dates back to ancient Egyptians and has been used aboard wooden ships for millennia.  Width 3/8″ (10mm).
Donated By: A. G. A. Correa
Value: $1,500
Starting Bid: $1,200 / Bid Increments: $100

03 AIANY Architecture Tour Yacht ManhattanSM

Two Tickets for AIANY around Manhattan Architecture Tour Aboard Yacht Manhattan
Hosted by architect-members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the New York City architecture tour will take you on a full circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan. You will take in the “starchitecture” of the West Side, skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, and the icons of the East River in this 2 hour 45 minute cruise. These pillars of strength can be viewed in comfort and style, from the climate-controlled, enclosed back-deck observatory or from the open bow for fresh air and sunlight. Light hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer, wine, or champagne is included. Departs from Chelsea Piers. Gratuity is not included. Not valid on Saturdays; expires December 31, 2017.
Donated By: Classic Harbor Line and Scarano Boat Building
Value: $156
Starting Bid: $120 / Bid Increments: $20

O-Clearwater2Sail for 2 on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Experience the Hudson River aboard the Clearwater, an authentic working tall-ship and join in “all hands to the halyards” to help hoist the sails to the rhythm of a traditional sea shanty. Steer the boat with the 11-foot tiller and experience the Clearwater tradition of a moment of silence and reflection. Learn about the Hudson River’s history, biology and environmental concerns and relax out on the water. For 2017 sailing season.
Donated By: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Value: $100
Starting Bid: $70 / Bid Increments: $10

stanford-book

Maritime Book Selection
A Dream of Tall Ships
Signed by Peter and Norma Stanford
How New Yorkers came together to save the city’s sailing-ship waterfront by Peter & Norma Stanford, with an introduction by John Stobart, is a lively account of a great urban adventure beginning in the 1960s with two New Yorkers committed to creating a maritime museum in Manhattan’s old sailing ship waterfront—the South Street Seaport Museum.
Donated By: National Maritime Historical Society
Starting Bid: $40 / Bid Increments: $10

07 St James Club St LuciaSM

St. James’s Club, Morgan Bay, St. Lucia; 7 nights of accommodations, for up to two rooms, double occupancy
Set amid 25 acres of lush hillside gardens tucked into a private cove on the northern coast of St. Lucia, this all-inclusive beachfront resort features 345 well-appointed guest rooms and suites offering stunning ocean and tropical garden views. Enjoy the day exploring an array of water sports and land activities. Certificate provides 7 nights of accommodations for up to two rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $115-$215 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–Jan 3 & Feb 7–21. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2018. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans, as they have access to all airline fares and availability.
Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $2,100
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

St James Club AntiguaSM

St. James’s Club, Antigua; 7 Nights of Accommodations, for up to Two Rooms, Double Occupancy
Experience a private 100-acre tropical peninsula on Antigua’s southeastern coast where clear turquoise waters surround your own private oasis. Two magnificent white-sand beaches, six pools, four distinct restaurants, non-motorized water sports, tennis & fitness center, supervised kids activities, spa and nightly entertainment. Certificate provides accommodations for up to two rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $125-$225 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–Jan 3 & Feb 7–21. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2018. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans as they have access to all airline fares and availability.
Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $2,800
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

05 Global terminal 2SM

Global Terminals—Visit a State-of-the-Art Container Terminal
Ride the elevator to the top of a container crane (160’) and operate the crane under the supervision of John Atkins, President of Global Terminals. Mr. Atkins will also give you and two friends an extensive tour with lunch. The terminal is located at: 302 Port Jersey Blvd., Jersey City, New Jersey.  Expires December 31, 2017.
Donated By: Global Terminals
Value: Priceless
Starting Bid: $200 / Bid Increments: $25

mcallister-towing

Maritime Book Selection:
McAllister Towing 150 Years of Family Business

McAllister Towing is known throughout the shipping industry today as one of the world’s most reliable and respected tugboat and marine transportation firms, towing barges, escorting ships, and providing docking services in twelve U.S. ports along the East Coast. Signed by Brian, Buckley and Eric McAllister.
Donated By: McAllister Towing
Starting Bid: $40 / Bid Increments: $5

Verandah Resort AntiguaSM

The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua; 7 Nights of Accommodations, for up to Two Rooms, Double Occupancy
The Verandah is a luxury, all-suite, eco-friendly Caribbean beachfront resort with two spectacular white-sand beaches, four pools, nature trails to historic Devil’s Bridge, three dining options, tennis & fitness center, non-motorized water sports, kids club & mini cinema, and the world-class Spa Tranquility (additional fee). Certificate provides accommodations for up to two rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $125-$225 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–Jan 3 & Feb 7–21. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2018. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans as they have access to all airline fares and availability.
Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $2,400
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

02 America 2.0SM

Two Tickets for 2-Hour Sail aboard Schooner Adirondack or America 2.0
See New York like you never have on this 2-hour sail aboard the Adirondack, a wooden 80-foot pilot schooner. Within five minutes of leaving the dock, you’ll forget the mayhem and noise of Manhattan street life, and you’ll feel the relaxing breeze of New York Harbor! Departs from Chelsea Piers. Gratuity is not included. Not valid on Saturdays; expires December 31, 2017.
Donated By: Classic Harbor Line and Scarano Boat Building
Value: $164
Starting Bid: $120 / Bid Increments: $20

Palm Island GrenadinesSM

Palm Island Resort, Grenadines;
7 Nights of Accommodations—16 Years and Over, for up to Two Rooms Double Occupancy
An exclusive, 135-acre private-island hideaway, situated near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, offers 5 dazzling white-sand beaches, sumptuous dining, non-motorized water sports, nature trails, tennis, fitness center, free-form swimming pool with waterfall, and spa treatments. Adults only. Certificate provides accommodations for up to two rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $140-$240 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–Jan 3 & Feb 7–21. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2018. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans as they have access to all airline fares and availability.
Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $3,000
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

America2.0 brunchSM

Two Tickets for 2 Hour Sail aboard Schooner America 2.0 with Brunch
The Schooner America 2.0 is the newest, largest, most elegant ship designed for Classic Harbor Line and provides exceptional sailing in New York Harbor! It’s a sailor’s Sunday morning delight when you board the Schooner America 2.0 and enjoy a buffet brunch cruise. On this two-hour sail to the Statue of Liberty, take in wide-open views of the iconic Manhattan skyline and the monuments and structures that define this great city. Departs from Chelsea Piers. Gratuity is not included. Not valid on Saturdays; expires December 31, 2017.
Donated By: Classic Harbor Line and Scarano Boat Building
Value: $144
Starting Bid: $120 / Bid Increments: $20

Los Establos PanamaSM

Los Establos Boutique Inn, Panama; 5 Nights of Accommodations for up to 3 Rooms, Double Occupancy
With panoramic views of the Baru Volcano, the suites at Los Establos Boutique Inn, winner of TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Award 2013, are quiet hideaways with regional motif and artwork. Open the door to your private patio to let cool mountain air refresh you. In the evening, stroll along the paths of the hotel’s adjoining coffee plantation, and enjoy a coffee on the terrace overlooking the lush gardens. Certificate provides accommodations for up to three rooms for 5 nights and is subject to a required supplement of $115-$215 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining and beverages and 1 activity per day (Note: Activity not provided on day of arrival/departure). Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply during Christmas and February. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2018. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans as they have access to all airline fares and availability.
Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $2,400
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

Hidden Harbor TourSMFour Tickets for Hidden Harbor Tour in NYC
The Working Harbor Committee will take you behind the scenes of the inner-workings of the bustling New York Harbor. You’ll be guided along an enlightening and inspiring adventure! Good for 4 seats on a 2-hour tour. Expires December 31, 2017.
Donated By: The Working Harbor Committee
Value: $160
Starting Bid: $100 / Bid Increments: $10

Kobrands_SMWine from Kobrand Corporation – Nardi Bruello 2003, 3 Bottles  
Nardi Bruello 2003, 3 Bottles (1.5 liters each). This delicious wine reveals gorgeous depth, richness and density in its dark red fruit, tobacco and licorice. Sweet floral notes ring out on the long, refined finish. This is a medium-bodied style of Brunello that can be enjoyed now or cellared.
Donated By: Kobrand Corporation and Marco Sorio
Value: $425
Starting Bid: $300 / Bid Increments: $50

sailorbag

Silver Spinnaker Racer Duffel
Compact and sleek, yet with enough capacity to make it a great weekend carry-on or road trip bag. Perfect for  a day on the boat, too! Lightweight and durable rip stop outer fabric is both water- and stain-resistant.  Outside Dimensions (approx.):  12″H x 20″W x 12″D.
Donated By: Sailor Bags
Value: $99
Starting Bid: $75 / Bid Increments: $10

americaModel Ship of American Cup Racer by Raymond Guinta
Scale model of American Cup Racer. An authentic copy of the famous schooner that participated in the races from New York to Bermuda. This boat is a beautiful example of the fat blue-water racers of a bygone era. Case Size: 20″ x 24″.
Donated By: Model Ships by Ray Guinta
Value: $225
Starting Bid: $150 / Bid Increments: $25

 

NMHS Coaster Trivet Mug NMHS Ship’s Store
Coasters, Trivet, Travel Mug
Also includes a 2017 NMHS Calendar
Donated By: National Maritime Historical Society
Value: $55
Starting Bid: $40 / Bid Increments: $5

 

 

NMHS Silk Bow TieNMHS Ship’s Store
Silk Bow Tie
Also includes a 2017 NMHS Calendar
Donated By: National Maritime Historical Society
Value: $50
Starting Bid: $35 / Bid Increments: $5

 

 

Let us do the bidding for you!

Call 914-737-7878 ext. 0 to be set up with your own personal bidding representative. Please know that telephone bids will not be accepted after Monday October 24 at 12:00 Noon EST.

Check back often for more items!

Thank you to all of our donors for these fantastic items. We truly  appreciate your generosity and wonderful support.

A.G.A. Correa
Classic Harbor Line and Scarano Boat Building
Don Demers
Elite Island Resorts
Global Terminals
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Kobrand Corporation and Marco Sorio
Model Ships by Ray Guinta
McAllister Towing
William G. Muller
New York Yacht Club
Linda Norton
Pearl Sea Cruises
Quarto Publishing Group USA
Sailor Bags
Ships of Glass
Star Clipper
John Stobart
Dudley Waterman and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Whillian H. White
The Working Harbor Committee


 Details

Winner is responsible for shipping costs. Pick-up is also available.

All items will be available to bid on the night of the event, October 26, 2016, so be sure to place your highest bid with your representative, who will bid in increments up to your highest bid. Payment information in the form of a credit card will be collected at the time of your bid, but the payment will not be processed unless yours is the winning bid on October 26, 2016. If you are the winning bidder, we will notify you by email or phone, charge your credit card for payment and make arrangements for shipping or pickup. Additional payment for shipping will then be charged.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Receives $80K Grant

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, has received an $80,000 grant from the Maryland Historical Trust’s Maryland Heritage Areas Authority program. The grant will help fund a new Small Craft Heritage Center project, projected to begin in 2017.

CBMM_MDHeritageGrant_SmallCraftCtr.-300x300The Small Craft Heritage Center will preserve and house the majority of CBMM’s smaller historic vessels currently stored in locations not accessible to CBMM members and guests. The museum preserves the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of the region’s watercraft, approximately 90 boats ranging in size from small gunning boats to the 65-foot 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle.

“With the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay water craft, CBMM is responsible for the maintenance and physical status of these crafts,” said CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “This Center will bring more of CBMM’s collections to the public while expanding our educational programming opportunities and additional exhibition space.”

CBMM_SmallCraft-300x200“We are beyond thrilled to have this opportunity to share the majority of our Chesapeake Bay vessels with our guests and visitors, as only 45% of our watercraft collection is currently accessible to the public,” commented CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The Small Craft Heritage Center will allow us to tell a more authentic and complete story of Chesapeake heritage.”

 

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September Charles Point Council Seminar: Operation Neptune

Operation Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings

Saturday, 24 September 2016
Hendrick Hudson Free Library – 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Continental Breakfast is at 10:30 AM. Presentation is at 11:00 AM.

Craig Symonds, author and  professor emeritus at the US Naval Academy,  will discuss his book Operation Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landing. He will tell us about the preparation that led to the day we have come to know as D-Day, and how the Allies dealt with the issues of cooperation, training, supply lines, mine clearing, and much, much more. Mr. Symonds’s books include the titles Lincoln and His Admirals, Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History, Joseph E. Johnston: A Civil War Biography, and The Battle of Midway, and his works have been recognized with the Barondess Lincoln Prize, the Daniel and Marilyn Laney Prize, the S. A. Cunningham Award, the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize, and the John Lyman book Prize, and the Lincoln Prize, shared with with James M. McPherson.

Neptune book imageThe public is invited. Please email the National Maritime Historical Society or phone 914 737-7878, ext. 0 if you plan to attend. A $5 to $10 donation is appreciated. If you would also like to join NMHS and the speaker for lunch following the presentation, it is $25 prepaid, with cash bar. Reservations required.

For more information on the complete lineup of seminars, please visit the Charles Point Council page.

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Save the Date! NYC Pickle Night is 11 November

The event is held each year to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Admiral Lord Nelson. It is named for HMS Pickle, which participated in the battle and was the messenger ship that carried the news of the victory and of Nelson’s death back to England. This year’s honorary chair woman of the dinner is Antonia Romeo, British Consul General in New York. Commodore Jerry Kyd, Commanding Officer of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and Commander Carrier Strike Group, will be the main speaker.
Friday, 11 November 2016
New York Yacht Club
37 W 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Space is limited. For reservations contact Sally McElwreath Callo at SallyMC79@verizon.net or by phone at 917 536-1077.
Ticket price is $295 per person. Dress is black tie or military equivalent. The event is sponsored by the American Friends of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, with additional support from The Nelson Society, The 1805 Club, and the National Maritime Historical Society.
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History Cruise Aboard SS John W. Brown

Living History Cruise Aboard SS John W. Brown
Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sail back into World War II aboard a national treasure. SS John W.  Brown carries you back into wartime.

OutwardBoundExperience life aboard the last remaining troop ship from WWII.  The historic original triple-expansion steam engine powers us in convoy through the day.  Meeting soldiers, marines, sailors and civilian re-enactors help pull you back into wartime.  The entertainment gives the feel of a USO Show aboard ship. Through the day, air cover will be provided to see us safely on our journey.

JWB Swanson photoThis exciting 6-hour day cruise includes lunch (the mess provides sea rations—a deli lunch), beverages, snacks, music of the 40’s, period entertainment, and flybys (conditions permitting) of wartime aircraft. Tour museum spaces, defensive guns, crew’s quarters, cargo spaces, and troop berthing and much more. View the magnificent 140-ton triple-expansion steam engine as it powers the ship through the water.

JWB2007 Buzzard BayChairs, sunscreen, hat and a camera are great things to bring along onto the ship. Please keep in mind that this is a working cargo ship, so sensible shoes are a must.  Also, dress accordingly – layers may be best as we will be out on the water and it may be breezy, but it also may be warm and there is no air conditioning.

The ship will sail from Pier 36 at 10:00 am and return at 4:00 pm.
Passenger boarding: 8:00 am to 9:00 am.

Pier 36
299 South Street
New York, NY 10002

SS John W. Brown is the last remaining troop transport from WWII and the last to have landed troops ashore as part of an amphibious landing. It is also the oldest remaining Liberty Ship in the world. It was built in Baltimore, its present-day home port. It is a museum and maritime education center open to all ages.

Please click this link for the NMHS discounted rate: TICKET INFORMATION

Organizer: Project Liberty Ship, Inc.
Project Liberty Ship is dedicated to the preservation of the Liberty Ship SS John W. Brown as a living memorial to the men and women who built the great Liberty Fleet and to the merchant seamen and US Navy Armed Guard who sailed the ships across the oceans of the world.

 

 

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Griffiths Headstone Unveiled

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On 23 July the headstone for the grave of legendary naval architect John W. Griffiths (October 6, 1809–March 30, 1882), designer of steamships, war vessels, and the record-setting clippers Sea Witch and Rainbow, at Linden Hill United Methodist Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens. The monument was designed by NMHS Advisory Committee Chair Melbourne Smith. Capt. Matt Carmel offered these remarks:

Welcome everyone. I am Captain Matt Carmel and was volunteered to give today’s weekly shipboard sermon from the quarterdeck, often known as “a few words from the holy book and get back to work.” I hope Rabbi Singer is watching from above because based on my expulsion from Hebrew school 45 years ago, he must be thinking nes gadol haya sham: “a great miracle happened there.”

No one likes a long speech, so I will keep it brief. But before I begin, I would like to say a few words.

 

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

These famous lines are by John Donne, a metaphysical poet and cleric in the Church of England. The passage is taken from his 1624 Meditation 17, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions. Its meaning can be distilled to a common truth. Human beings necessarily depend on each other.

The idea for honoring John Willis Griffiths was born out of a “friendly” political difference between myself and Melbourne Smith, alternately of esteemed and dubious repute, depending on whether or not the “sun is below the yard”. And not “yard arm” as he often corrects the uninitiated.

So one day I hazarded a discussion on current political matters and affairs of state. One thing lead to another, it came to blows and we were knocked on our beam ends. But time heals all wounds.

As a gesture of reconciliation, I conspired with my sister, a fellow traveler, to take a gravestone rubbing of his adopted patron ship designer and mentor. My first task was to find where Griffiths was buried which was a task in and of itself. Undaunted, I ultimately came to this hallowed ground. And what to my surprise should I find? Melbourne’s patron had no headstone at all. Why this was so remains shrouded in mystery.

Not one to pass up an opportunity to make a nuisance of myself, I convinced several friends and new found acquaintances to join me in my quest to raise sufficient funds for erecting a proper headstone on Griffiths final resting place.

And succeed we did. by finding our real life patron Bruce Johnson, director of business development of the Brooklin Boat Yard, whose non-profit foundation footed the bulk of the cost. The fruits of his generosity, and others, will be unveiled here today.

In addition to Bruce, our indebtedness extends to fellow shipmates and hardy tars, in alphabetical order:

Adam Brodsky, Deputy Editorial Page Editor of the NY Post
Dr. Larrie Ferreiro, Adjunct Professor of System Engineering at Catholic University
Steve Gorelick, Executive Director of the NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission
Burchenal Green, President of the National Maritime Historical Society
Charles Lauber, Superintendent of the Linden Hill United Methodist Cemetery
Michael Lewis, President of the Lewis Monument Co.
Ron Oswald, Chairman of the National Maritime Historical Society
Charles Ricciardi, Operations & Creative Director of the NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission
Lewis Brett Smiler, research consultant to The Thomas Edison Papers
And lastly, Melbourne Smith, President of the International Historical Watercraft Society

Theologian John of Salisbury, wrote a Latin treatise on logic in 1159 called Metalogicon, in which he said:

“We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.”

So now we come to the brief part. To my fellow clods of earth who one day will be washed away by the sea, let’s cheer our codependency and America’s great maritime achievements. Huzzah!

 

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Maine Maritime Museum is Seeking New Chief Curator

Photo: Ted Kerwin

Photo: Ted Kerwin

Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, is seeking a new chief curator, to succeed the current chief curator, who is retiring in April of next year. From the MMM website:

The Chief Curator will play a key role in the leadership team and help the museum continue to grow and excel. The Chief Curator leads a curatorial staff of two plus interns and volunteers, and provides the creative leadership and management of the museum’s historic object, library, and archival collections; changing and permanent exhibits; and publications program.

Interested parties can find the full job posting at the Maine Maritime Museum website.

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Special July Event: Launching the Andrea Doria Lifeboat

The Andrea Doria Lifeboat Launching—60 Years Later
Saturday, 30 July 2016
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Discovering, recovering, restoring and re-launching Andrea Doria’s Lifeboat #1, at the Maritime Academic Center, State University of New York Maritime College.

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Photo courtesy Mark Koch

Mark Koch, a dive manager from the New Orleans area, has acquired the Andrea Doria’s Lifeboat #1 and had it restored to new quality at Scarano Boatbuilding in Albany, NY. The 28-foot boat looks great—shiny, bright white, and totally renewed, except for a few of its historic dents and mystifying bullet holes. Yes, bullet holes. All of its mechanical components have been reconditioned and the human-powered cranks that drive the big brass propeller operate perfectly.

On July 30—60 years from the sinking—this restored lifeboat will be launched from the waterfront at the SUNY Maritime College. All willing participants are invited to paddle the lifeboat out into Long Island Sound for a short excursion (the boat holds about 50 people).

Historians, divers, ship and boat preservationists LifeboatSMand others will discuss the Andrea Doria, her collision at sea with the Stockholm, and the significance of that collision to the merchant marine world. Discussions will focus on the repercussions of that accident, the evolution of lifeboat technology, and the effects of the sinking on the training of merchant mariners and on the evolution of SCUBA technology.

In addition, docents will lead tours of the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, which houses exhibits on the history of the United States maritime industry, including commercial shipping, the merchant marine, the port of New York, and history of Fort Schuyler.

  • 10:00 am: Registration, Coffee, Tea and Muffins (in Maritime Academic Center)
  • 10:30–11:30 am: Presentations
  • 11:30 am: Launch of the boat
  • 12:15 pm: Lunch ($15 per person at the cafeteria)
  • 1:30 pm: Presentations in the Luce Library (in Fort Schuyler)
  • 2:30–4:00 pm: Tour of the Maritime Industry Museum (in Fort Schuyler)
Photo courtesy Mark Koch

Photo courtesy Mark Koch

This event is free and open to the public.
Suggested Donation – $5 to $10.
Reservations required, 914 737-7878 x 0 or email nmhs@seahistory.org

The event will take place at:
Maritime Academic Center, State University of New York Maritime College
6 Pennyfield Avenue
Bronx, NY  10465

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In the Pages of Sea History 155

Sea History 155 is in the mail and on the newsstands. Just look at what’s in this issue:

 

ToC PST Fair Winds, Peter (1927–2016), by Shelley Reid
The National Maritime Historical Society and the maritime heritage community at large remember our president emeritus and long-time editor of Sea History, Peter Stanford.
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The Cape Horn Road, Part II: How the Sails of the Square-rigged Ship Got their Names, by Peter Stanford
From 1994 to 2000, Peter Stanford captivated readers with tales of The Cape Horn Road, his 22-installment series about the sweeping history of seafaring. In installment II, reprinted here in honor of his countless contributions to Sea History, Peter discusses the story of how square sails were named, drawing inspiration from Wavertree, the ship Peter and Norma Stanford rescued from retirement as a sand barge to become the flagship of the South Street Seaport Museum.

Wavertree Restoration: News from the Shipyard, by Jonathan Boulware
South Street Seaport Museum’s executive director updates us on Wavertree’s progress, as the 1885 iron-hulled full rigged ship’s $13-million restoration continues.

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So Close to Home: U-boats in the Gulf of Mexico, by Michael J. Tougias
Not many Americans realize how close German U-boats came to their shores. Best-selling author Michael Tougias puts us on board U-507 with Commander Harro Schacht as he sneaks into the Gulf of Mexico in the spring of 1942 and wreaks havoc on American shipping.

Congress Supports Maritime Heritage Amendments! by Dr. Timothy J. Runyan
The National Parks Service has announced the recipients of the 2015 Maritime Heritage Grants cycle, and the National Maritime Historical Society is on the list! The National Maritime Alliance’s Tim Runyan reports on the progress on Capitol Hill of efforts to restore more funding to the program, and outlines what you, our readers, can do to help.

ToC CudahyHell With the Lid Off!—Lt. Hobson and the Sinking of the Merrimac at Santiago, Cuba, 1898, by Patrick S. Grant
Faced with the task of keeping the Spanish fleet trapped in Santiago Harbor, Lt. Richmond Hobson, a naval constructor, and a crew of volunteers from the US fleet embarked on a risky mission to block the narrow channel by sinking their own ship.

 

ToC BowdoinBound for the Arctic and Beyond: Schooner Bowdoin Prepares for Her Second Century of Voyaging, by Michael W. Mahan
Designed to sail through the ice packs of the Arctic, the solidly built schooner Bowdoin, now a training ship for the Maine Maritime Academy, is being restored as she approaches her 100th birthday.

This issue’s cover: Wavertree at Caddell Dry Dock.

Plus, you’ll find the regular features you look forward to in every issue:

Deck Log
Letters
NMHS: A Cause in Motion
Marine Art News
Sea History for Kids
Ship Notes, Seaport & Museum News
Calendar
Maritime History on the Internet
Book Reviews

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