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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

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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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20th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon

The New Bedford Whaling Museum will mark its 20th marathon reading of Moby-Dick the weekend of 7–10 January. The reading will begin at noon on Saturday, 9 January and include more than 150 participants reading short passages from the novel; it will last 25 hours. Tie-in events include the opening of the exhibit Oásis by Nuno Sá, Portugal’s most awarded wildlife photographer, the dedication of the museum’s Herman Melville Room, a Moby-Dick-inspired dinner (a ticketed event), and a lecture. The exhibition Mapping Ahab’s “Storied Waves”: Whaling and the Geography of Moby-Dick will make its debut as well.

image: New Bedford Whaling Museum

image: New Bedford Whaling Museum

Prior to the reading, the museum will test the Moby-Dick trivia mastery of Melville Society Cultural Project members with Stump the Scholars. Once the reading marathon begins, readings held around the museum will be interspersed with performances and music; and select passages will be read in languages other than English. The museum will also host an abridged reading for children, as well as an abridged one conducted in Portuguese.

For more information, visit the event website.

 

 

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Final 2015 Seminar and Holiday Potluck

The National Maritime Historical Society Charles Point Council
Invites you to Join Us for
Trade, Wealth, Innovation & Adventure in the Age of Exploration

with Captain Lada Simek

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Saturday, 5 December 2015
Cortlandt Yacht Club – 238 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Registration and Coffee: 10:30 AM   Presentation: 11:00 AM

Join us for a special Charles Point Council seminar and holiday pot luck party at the Cortlandt Yacht Club. Marine Educator and author Captain Lada Simek will talk about the Age of Exploration, beginning with the ship designs that carried Europeans away from their home shores in search of knowledge, wealth, and power, and the famous Vasa and Mary Rose, which taught us so much about seafaring at the time of their construction. We will learn about the English galleon, and about the explorers Magellan and Cook, and the difficulties that faced them on their long voyages of discovery, including scurvy. And he will talk about changes in ship and sail design, and the challenges they were developed to meet.

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©Freddy Braun, Fartygsmagasinet i Stockholm AB

David Allen, Maritime History Professor at SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler and chairman of the Charles Point Council, welcomes all members and their friends to this gathering:
The Cortlandt Yacht Club is the perfect venue for a maritime lecture and as we look out on the river we can easily be transported to the adventures in the Age of Sail as Captain Simek weaves his tales of distant times. We look most forward to seeing those of you we have not seen in a while. Let us raise our glasses together over good food with good friends.

Lada Simek headshotCapt. Simek is a former chemistry teacher, parachuting instructor, dive boat operator, wreck researcher, marine educator, master scuba diver trainer, USCG Master, senior director at Beneath the Sea—the largest non-profit dive exposition in USA—and a freelance writer on the marine world.

Following Saturday’s talk will be our Annual Holiday Potluck gathering, where we have the opportunity to catch up with friends old and new. Please bring a dish, drink or dessert for six to eight people.


Please also bring a new, unwrapped toy for Virginia’s House of Hope to distribute.

 

RESERVATIONS:
Call the National Maritime Historical Society at 914 737-7878 x 0 if you plan to attend. A $5–$10 donation is appreciated. After the lecture, we hope you will join us for the Holiday Pot Luck Party!

Cortlandt Yacht Club: 238 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548

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Charles Point Seminars Return in September

“Research Vessels: Geophysical Expeditions to Antarctica
and Mapping 160 miles of the Hudson River”

A Talk by Dr. Robin Bell

Saturday, 26 September, 2015
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY  10548
Coffee & Registration at 10:30 AM; Lecture at 11:00 AM

Join the National Maritime Historical Society for our September Charles Point Seminar, presented by Dr. Robin Bell, Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.

Dr. Bell has worked for over 20 years at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory coordinating nine major aero-geophysical expeditions to Antarctica and Greenland in order to study polar ice sheet collapse. Closer to home, since 1998, she led the Hudson River Estuary Project team, mapping over 160 miles of the Hudson River from Staten Island to Albany and discovering dozens of sunken ships and historical artifacts along the way.

Robin Bell on the west Antarctic ice sheet, 1991Cost: Lecture – $5 to $10 suggested donation.
After the lecture, NMHS will host a luncheon for Dr. Bell – $22 prepaid and cash bar. Reservations required, email NMHS or call 914 737-7878 x0.

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USS Slater (DE-766): The last Destroyer Escort Afloat

The Charles Point Council of the National Maritime Historical Society
presents the 2015 Richard Belliveau Seminar

USS Slater: History and Restoration of
the Last World War II Destroyer Escort Afloat in the US
with Destroyer Escort Historical Museum Executive Director Timothy C. Rizzuto

Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 – Hendrick Hudson Free Library
185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Refreshments at 6:00 PM. Presentation begins at 6:30 PM.

A total of 563 destroyer escorts, designed by Gibbs & Cox and inspired by the British HUNT class destroyer, were built for use during World War II. These ships escorted merchant marine convoys, navy supply vessels and troop transports, warding off enemy submarine and aircraft attacks. They also went on missions to seek out and destroy enemy submarines, and manned picket stations on the outer perimeter of fleet and landing operations to engage kamikazes and to warn inner perimeter vessels of their approach.

USS Slater (DE 766) is the last destroyer escort afloat. Commissioned in 1944, Slater served in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. She was transferred to Greece in 1951 as part of the Military Defense Assistance Program, where she served forty years. The American group Destroyer Escort Sailors Association raised the funds to return her to the United States, and created the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum to manage her. She has undergone a complete restoration in the intervening years, carried out with careful attention to detail and accuracy.

Tim Rizzuto, executive director of the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, will tell us all about the destroyer escort program and Slater‘s journey to become the last representative of her kind, telling the destroyer escorts’ story to future generations.

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.

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