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Finest Hours & So Close to Home Seminar Series 11/3 and 11/4

Join the National Maritime Historical Society and
New York Times Bestselling Author Michael Tougias
for a Film Screening, Lecture & Book Signing

The Finest Hours    &    So Close to Home 
        

Friday, November 3, 2017
Refreshments at 6:30 PM; Film Screening at 7:00 PM

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Continental Breakfast & Registration at 10:30 AM; Lecture at 11:00 AM

Both Events at the Chappaqua Library Theatre
195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY

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Join us on Friday evening along with New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias for a film screening of The Finest Hours, a feature-length motion picture produced by Walt Disney Pictures based on his book about the Coast Guard’s daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers were destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.  Following the screening, Michael will speak briefly about how the film was made, and signed books will be available for purchase.

Join us again on Saturday when Michael Tougias returns to the Chappaqua library to give a two-part multimedia presentation on The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue and also his book So Close To Home: The True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During WWII, about the Downs family as they struggle against sharks, hypothermia, drowning, and dehydration in their effort to survive the aftermath of a deadly May 19, 1942 U-boat attack.  Book signing will follow.

The Public is invited to both events.  Space is limited and advance registration is recommended (and appreciated!).  Please RSVP by clicking HERE You may also contact NMHS at 914-737-7878, ext. 0 if you plan to attend.  A $5 or $10 donation is appreciated. After the lecture on Saturday, NMHS will host a luncheon—$25 prepaid with cash bar. (Lunch reservations are required.)

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September Seminar – U Boats in the Bahamas with Eric Wiberg

The National Maritime Historical Society
presents
“U-Boats in the Bahamas” Seminar and Book Signing
with Author Eric Wiberg
Saturday, 23 September 2017

Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Continental Breakfast & Registration at 10:30 AM; Lecture at 11:00 AM

Please join us as author, maritime attorney, historian and avid sailor Eric Wiberg presents his book U-Boats in the Bahamas, the never-told story of the 112 German and Italian submarines that sank 130 Allied ships in World War II in the Bahamas area where the author grew up. Merchant mariners heroically put themselves in danger as they performed the critical task of moving the military and civilian supplies vital to ultimate victory. Book signing will follow.

The Public is invited. Please contact NMHS at 914-737-7878, ext. 0, or email NMHS@seahistory.org if you plan to attend. A $5 to $10 donation is appreciated. After the lecture, NMHS will host a luncheon—$25 prepaid with cash bar. Reservations required.

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June and July Seminar Series: Bannerman’s Island

Wednesday, 21 June
Bannerman’s Island—Seminar with Thom Johnson
LOCATION: Chappaqua Library, 195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY
Refreshments: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM

Is Bannerman’s Island haunted? Please join us in welcoming historian and guide Thom Johnson as he presents and recounts the history of Bannerman’s Island, with its castle-like structure looming in the Hudson River.  Originally built to resemble a Scottish castle and to store military goods for the government, Thom shares the fascinating story of this mysterious island and its abandoned arsenal.

The public is invited to attend. Suggested Donation: $5 to $10.
E-mail or call 914-737-7878, ext. 0 to reserve your place.

Saturday, 22 July
Bannerman’s Island – Visit and Tour with Thom Johnson
LOCATION: Beacon Station, 8 Long Dock Road, Beacon, NY

Thom Johnson will  take us on an excursion!  Meet us at Beacon Train Station, or join fellow members on Metro North departing from Peekskill station for a narrated trip up the Hudson. From the dock at Beacon Station we’ll board the Estuary Steward for a ride to Bannerman’s Island followed by a walking tour. Boxed lunches will be served aboard on the trip back to Beacon station.
Price: $70 per person. Seating is very limited and early reservations are suggested.

E-mail or call 914-737-7878, ext. 0 to reserve your place.

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March Seminar: Tugboats Illustrated

The March Installment of the Saturday Seminar Series is

Tugboats Illustrated
The new book from architect Paul Farrell
Saturday, 25 March

At the Peekskill Presbyterian Church, 705 South St, Peekskill, NY 10566

Please join us in welcoming author, architect and tugboat enthusiast Paul Farrell, who will give us an introduction to  his new book. In Tugboats Illustrated, Paul Farrell traces the evolution, design, and role of tugboats, ranging from the first steam-powered tug to today’s hyper-specialized offshore workboats. Through extensive photographs, dynamic drawings, and enlightening diagrams, he explores the development of these hard-working boats, always shaped by the demands of their waterborne environment, by an ever-present element of danger, and by advancements in technology. Whether making impossible turns in small spaces, crashing through huge swells, pushing or pulling or prodding or coaxing or escorting, we come to understand not only what tugs do, but how physics and engineering allow them to do it.

From the deck layout of a nineteenth-century sidewheel tug to the mechanics of barge towing―whether by humans, mules, steam or diesel engines―to the advantages of various types and configurations of propulsion systems, to the operation of an oil rig anchor-handling tug/supply vessel, Tugboats Illustrated is a comprehensive tribute to these beloved workhorses of the sea and their intrepid crews.

Book signing to follow.

The public is invited to attend. Suggested Donation: $5 to $10.
Join us for a lunch with Paul Farrell after the presentation.
Cost: $25 prepaid and cash bar. Reservations are required.
E-mail or call 914-737-7878, ext. 0 to reserve your place.

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January Lecture: Revolution on the Hudson with George Daughan

28 January, 2017
“Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence” with George Daughan

NOTE NEW LOCATION!

The public is invited to attend the National Maritime Historical Society’s Charles Point Council Lecture Series on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Peekskill Presbyterian Church in Peekskill, New York. The lecture “Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence” will be presented by award-winning Author George C. Daughan.

Mr. Daughan will discuss the overriding importance of New York and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence. He will show that King George III based his war strategy on the assumption that he could easily crush the American insurgents by seizing the sea-land corridor linking Manhattan with Canada, an idea shared by George Washington and his leadership. Daughan will show that, despite the prowess of their navy and army, the British never had the capacity to control the Hudson River Valley or the passage to Canada, and that fixating on this strategy led to their defeats at Saratoga and Yorktown. He will also discuss the intriguing question of whether they could ever have won the war.

Prof.essor Daughan is also the author of If by Sea, 1812: the Navy’s War and The Shining Sea and is the recipient of the Naval Order of New York’s Samuel Eliot Morison award and the USS Constitution Museum’s Samuel Eliot Morison award.

Booking signing to follow.

What: Presentation: “Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence” by award-winning Author George C. Daughan.

When: Saturday January 28, 2017
Where: Peekskill Presbyterian Church, 705 South Street, Peekskill, NY 10566
Time: Coffee & Registration at 10:30 AM; Lecture at 11:00 AM
Cost: Lecture – $5 to $10 suggested donation; After the lecture, NMHS will host a luncheon with the author at a local restaurant $25 prepaid and cash bar. Reservations required, 914 737-7878 x 0 or email nmhs@seahistory.org.
Sponsor: The National Maritime Historical Society

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Join Us for the 2016 Holiday Potluck and the Norseman Saga

Norseman Saga and Holiday Potluck party at Cortlandt Yacht Club
238 Kings Ferry Rd, Montrose, NY 10548
Saturday, 3 December
10:30 am Coffee; 11 am Lecture


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James Nelson is the author of The Two Hundred Year Invasion: Vikings, Their Raids, Their Settlements, and the Ships that Got Them There and former professional in traditional sail.  He  has written more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, all centered on the maritime world.

By the latter part of the 8th century, all of Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, a violent and uncertain time. Then suddenly and seemingly without warning, a new menace swept onto the scene as Viking raiders from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden began crossing the oceans to plunder England, Ireland and the Continent. These Norse invaders came first to pillage, and later to conquer and settle. In less than a hundred years after their depredations began, the Vikings had become a major military and political force throughout Europe.

Author James L. Nelson, who has previously written on such topics as piracy and the naval action of the American Revolution, turns his attention to his own ancestors, the Norsemen, and their raiding and later settling in Europe, and Ireland in particular. He will also discuss the technological advances and unique aspects of Norse ship design and building, and how those advances helped drive the Viking invasion. Nelson is currently working on a series of novels that chronicle the adventures of Viking Thorgrim Night Wolf and company in 9th-century Ireland.

Join us for our Holiday Pot Luck Party with James Nelson after the presentation.
Please bring a dish, drink or dessert that serves six to eight people.
Reservations are required.

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November Charles Point Council Seminar: Operation Eagle Claw

 Saturday, 12 November
Operation Eagle Claw – Rescue from the Sea – Iranian Hostage Crisis
Lawrence Brennan

Hendrick Hudson Free Library – 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Continental Breakfast and Registration:  10:30 AM
Presentation:  11:00 AM

One of Delta Force’s first missions, Operation Eagle Claw was a US Armed Forces operation ordered by President Jimmy Carter to attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis by rescuing 52 embassy staff held captive at the Embassy of the United States, Tehran.

Join us as author CAPT Lawrence Brennan, USN (Ret.) explores the origin of 35 years of conflict between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran and President Carter v. the Ayatollah. He was the JAG on the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) which launched the eight RH helicopters which penetrated Iranian airspace bound for Desert One on the evening of 24 April 1981.  Captain Brennan writes extensively about naval history, maritime and legal matters. The US Naval Institute’s Naval History (December 2016) recently published his commentary about the court martial of the Commanding Officer of USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA35), Captain Charles B. McVay, III.

He is an adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School who teaches the Admiralty and International Maritime Law Course. He was a Federal Litigator for the U.S. Department of Justice and is a lawyer in private practice in New York City.  Also, he served at sea and ashore for more than 33 years.

As a Navy Lieutenant, he spent months in the Persian Gulf Northern Arabian Sea areas on board an aircraft carrier.  He was counsel for the Navy Investigation into the fatal air crash on board NIMITZ that led to the “Zero Tolerance” anti-drug program following 14 deaths and more than 50 serious injuries, and was the action officer on CNO’s staff who reviewed the investigation into the shoot down of an Iranian Airbus by USS VINCENNES that resulted in more than 200 fatalities.

Professor Brennan has extensive experience litigating and investigating major marine casualties on both the civil and criminal side.

 

The 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.

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Charles Point Council April Seminar: The New York Naval Militia

History and Missions of the New York Naval Militia
with Major General Robert L. Wolf, NYNM (Ret.)

Saturday, 30 April 2016
Hendrick Hudson Library – 25 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Continental Breakfast is at 10:30 AM. Presentation is at 11:00 AM.


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The New York Naval Militia (NYNM) was first created in 1889 and was formally mustered into state service as the First Battalion, Naval Reserve Artillery, on 23 June 1891. After the sinking of USS Maine, the NYNM sent five divisions of its 1st Battalion to fight in the Spanish-American War, and also conducted patrols of New York Harbor. The New York Naval Militia was activated during both World War I and World War II, as well as the Korean War. In this presentation, Major General Wolf, the immediate past commander of the New York Naval Militia, will talk about the history and missions of the unit.

Upon his retirement from the Regular United States Marine Corps on 1 December 1994, he was commissioned in the New York State Naval Militia, in February 2015.  The NYNM, a volunteer force of the organized militia of the United States, is authorized under Title 10, United States Code. Naval_Militia_Bugler_NGM-WebThe State Naval Militia must meet the standards set by the US secretary of the navy, by which 95% of the State Naval Militia must be Active Drilling Reservists and 5% may volunteer from the active duty retired ranks.  As a Lieutenant Colonel of Marines, he was the operations officer for 26 MEU (SOC) and mission coordinator during the initial invasion of Sarajevo.  A parachute and SCUBA-qualified marine, he was originally assigned as Special Missions, Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) II MEF before he was selected and assigned as an immediate relieved his predecessor. It was Bob Wolf who, in 1992, designed the rescue SOP which was later implemented to rescue US Air Force Captain Scott O’Grady (shot down behind Serbian lines) in June 1995, during the Bosnia conflict.

Major General Wolf is currently an associate director, Veterans and Military Affairs at State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College at Fort Schuyler.

The public is invited. Please contact the National Maritime Historical Society at 914 737-7878, ext. 0, or email nmhs@seahistory.org 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 as it is finalized, please check back with the Charles Point Council page for ongoing updates.

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Charles Point Council Seminar: Lafayette!

Screening of the Play Lafayette, with Guest Speaker Marc Jensen

Saturday, 19 March 2016
Hendrick Hudson Library – 25 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Continental breakfast is at 10:30 AM. Presentation is at 11:00 AM.

Please join us for the screening of a play woven from the letters between Gilbert du Motier Marquis de Lafayette, “teen hero” of the American Revolution, and his young wife, Adrienne de Noailles from 1777 to 1780. Written by noted British dramatist Ian Curteis, Lafayette is the story of an eccentric young man who L1100177operated against family and class to become the first ally of the upstart American nation; turning the tide of the War of Independence by securing full French support from his reluctant king, Louis XVI. But it is also the story of a young couple, just out of their teens, struggling across an ocean with separation, love, abandonment, and child loss, reuniting in political brinksmanship to save the American Revolution. The play ends with the Marquis de Lafayette boarding his famous “freedom frigate,” Hermione, to America.

The film, a recording of the play’s 2015 world premiere performance at New York’s Florence Gould Hall, will be followed by commentary from Marc Jensen about the extensive project of building, outfitting, training crew and sailing  the replica frigate Hermione on a voyage commemorating the one that the Marquis de Lafayette undertook in 1780. Mr. Jensen is an experienced sailor who went to sea aboard Hermione and will recount the challenges of reconstructing an authentic reproduction with 15.5 miles of rigging, 44 tons of ironwork, and 23,680 sq. feet of linen sail cloth.

Marc Jensen

Marc Jensen

Marc Jensen has a love for teaching about the marine world. He created four webinars conducted during the voyage last summer; hundreds of schoolchildren in France and the US participated to learn about life aboard the ship, navigation, our environment and climate, and sail and power propulsion. He hopes to continue to build on these topics with new ships as they cross the world’s oceans. Marc is presently supporting the crossing of a 115-foot Viking ship that will visit New York in the fall of this year.

The public is invited. Please contact the National Maritime Historical Society at 914 737-7878, ext. 0, or email nmhs@seahistory.org 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 as it is finalized, please check back with the Charles Point Council page for ongoing updates.

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NMHS Charles Point Council January Seminar

The Port of New York in World War II

With Joseph F. Meany Jr., New York State Historian Emeritus

 Saturday, 30 January 2016
 Hendrick Hudson Library – 25 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Continental breakfast is at 10:30 AM. Presentation is at 11:00 AM.

RMS_Queen_Mary_NewYork_SMPlease Note: this event was originally scheduled for 23 January, but was postponed to 30 January due to inclement weather.

The Second World War is considered the most significant historical event of the twentieth century. For New Yorkers, the war came closest to home in New York Harbor, from which 1,462 convoys sailed into the uncertain waters of the North Atlantic. Joe Meany will explore the wartime port and suggest a framework for understanding its history. Its 650 miles of waterfront, 1,800 docks, 1,100 warehouses, and concentration of training facilities constituted priceless resources, while posing complex problems in its management. He will tell us about the two installations that dominated the port: the NY Port of Embarkation, which funneled three million troops and their equipment to the New York docks for deployment overseas, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the greatest naval shipyard in the world and the largest industrial plant in New York State. We’ll also learn more about wartime New York City, the world’s most popular liberty port.

We will hear stories about the people of the port, like Capt. Frederick Reinicke, USN, a retired naval officer recalled to active duty upon the declaration of national emergency in May, 1940 (following Dunkirk). Deemed too old for a sea command, he was instead handed the most demanding maritime management job in history, that of Port Director, New York. Reinicke activated the office on 8 October 1940. He was given a chief petty officer, a civilian secretary, and a one-room office. By 8 May 1945, the day hostilities ceased with Germany, his office occupied four floors of the Whitehall Building at 17 Battery Place overlooking the upper bay, and composed over 1,200 naval personnel actively engaged in managing the world’s biggest marine traffic job.

Joseph J. Meany Jr.

Joseph J. Meany Jr.

Reinicke personally chaired the sometimes twice-weekly convoy conferences held the afternoon before a convoy departed. Ship masters met their convoy and escort commanders, and ship’s radio officers received their codes and ciphers. Following the conference, no contact with the outside world was permitted. They were escorted by armed guard across Battery Park to the Fleet Landing Basin (now site of the merchant marine memorial) where motor whaleboats returned them to their ships. For some, it was their last contact with their country.

Capt. Reinicke saw them all off. He completed the war and returned to retirement in 1945.
The public is invited. Please contact the National Maritime Historical Society at 914 737-7878, ext. 0, or email nmhs@seahistory.org 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 as it is finalized, please check back with the Charles Point Council page for ongoing updates.

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