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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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In the Pages of Sea History 158


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

USCG photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson

Storis’s Legacy: How a Decommissioned Ship Inspired a Movement, by K. Denise Rucker Krepp
The fate of the historic Coast Guard Cutter Storis, scrapped overseas despite a bid from a museum group to offer her a new home, serves as a cautionary tale for us and for our fellow advocates to ensure that future vessels are again recycled responsibly in the US, with the proceeds funding vital maritime heritage programs.

Restored! America’s Maritime Heritage Grant Program, by Timothy J. Runyan
With the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act last December, full funding for the Maritime Heritage Grants program has been restored, after a seven-year battle. Dr. Tim Runyan, chair of the National Maritime Alliance, explains the process and who supported it.

Confederate Submarine H. L. Hunley: First in History to Sink an Enemy Ship in Wartime, by Mark K. Ragan
Designing and fabricating an underwater vessel for naval warfare in the mid 19th century presented a host of challenges, and lives were lost in its development. The historic Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley, the result of this remarkable project led by three men of vision, was recovered in 2000, a technological marvel of its time.

The America’s Cup: Personalities, Passion, and Privilege, by Russ Kramer
Reaching back to 1851, the history of this most famous of sailing regattas is replete with larger-than-life personalities, big money, and fantastic yachts. Artist Russ Kramer recreates the scenes and faces of this history in this exciting curated collection.

Tidal Wave: The Greatest Ship Launch in History, by Donald G. Shomette
Tucked in a bay off the Potomac River is a ship graveyard like no other. More than half of the 200 ships abandoned there were products of the great shipbuilding effort of World War I. Today, the site has been nominated as a National Marine Sanctuary. Don Shomette brings the story of the mad-paced launch schedule in 1918 that created a “tidal wave of ships.”

National Maritime Awards Dinner, and the 2017 NMHS Annual Meeting
We hope you will join us for two exciting events: April’s annual National Maritime Awards Dinner in the nation’s capital and our Annual Meeting in May, in historic Charleston, SC.

Coastal Defenses—Strategies and Innovation in Peace and War, by Dr. Louis A. Norton
Coastal towns, cities, and countries have used a variety of means to protect themselves from hostile forces on the water, from utilizing a site’s natural physical geography to inventing clever—and deadly—fortifications and weaponry. Dr. Louis Norton traces some of the more successful and innovative of these defenses.

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

On our cover this issue: Onboard Puritan, 1885, by Russ Kramer, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.

Click here to learn more about Sea History magazine.

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The National Maritime Alliance Needs Your Help!

Photo: US Coast Guard

USCGC Storis (WMEC-38), decommissioned in 2007. Photo: US Coast Guard

Over one year ago, the National Maritime Alliance asked for our help to lobby for passage of the Ships to Be Recycled in the States (STORIS) Act, an attempt to reverse language in the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act that had allowed the Maritime Administration to use all of the maritime heritage grant funds solely for its own maritime heritage. Many of you wrote to your legislators and the relevant committee members—and we thank you for that effort!

Unfortunately, the STORIS act stalled and was not passed. The good news is that new language has been proposed for the National Defense Authorization Act that would achieve much of what was hoped for with the STORIS Act: restoring the maritime heritage grant program and increasing funding. Focusing on key points, rather than the entire act, makes it easier to gain supporters in Congress.

We at NMHS and the National Maritime Alliance are asking for your help again, by emailing your congressional representative and senators, and members of the committees that will be voting on this legislation, by mid-June.

Members of the House Armed Services Committee
Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee
Members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee

We have a sample letter here; please complete and personalize the draft letter to the representative or senator’s staff member, and ask that it be shared with the representative or senator. If the staff member’s email is not provided, call the office of the representative or senator to ask for the names and email addresses of the appropriate staff members for committees on commerce and defense, or the legislative director. You can also contact the local office of a representative or senator and ask that your email be forwarded to appropriate staff in Washington, DC. If your representatives are not on these committees (you can write to both senators from your state), write anyway. The bills go to the full House and Senate.

The request asks for inclusion of Section 3508, Title 35, of the National Defense Authorization Act. Sec. 3508 is the main item we wanted in the STORIS Act. It restores the maritime heritage grant program and will increase funding.

Important: Please send a copy of your letter to Tim Runyan at runyant@ecu.edu. Having copies of your letters helps him lobby for this issue more effectively.

The 2015 National Maritime Heritage Grants awarded 34 grants in 19 states, totaling $2,580,197.37. Here is just a sampling of the programs who will benefit:

Amount Award Recipient Project
$50,000 National Maritime Historical Society Indexing, Digitizing, and Online Expansion of Sea History magazine
$200,000 Sound Experience Deck replacement for the National Historic Landmark vessel Adventuress of 1913
$100,088 Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild Restoration of boat deck and hull of the 1902 tug Jupiter
$144,569 North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Development of a large artifact conservation wet lab
$34,000 Seamens Church Institute Build a consortium of interconnected digital archives that trace, map and bring to life the history of maritime culture in New York City
$50,000 USS Constitution Museum “Renewing Old Ironsides,” a chronicle of USS Constitution restoration work, capturing the stories of the artisans and documenting the skills involved.
$178,670 Project Liberty Ship Preservation of the Superstructure of Liberty Ship John W. Brown
$52,900 San Francisco Maritime National Park Association Comprehensive structural survey of the steam ferryboat Eureka, a registered National Historic Landmark vessel

A link to the full list of grants can be found here. Imagine what we could achieve if we could free up more funds for the Maritime Heritage Grants!

 

 

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February Seminar: Draken Harald Hårfagre

The Viking Ship Draken Harald Hårfagre
Presentation with Captain Bjorn Ahlander

LOCATION: Hendrick Hudson Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY

Captain Bjorn Ahlander will discuss the construction and expedition of Draken Harald Harfågre, the largest Viking ship built in modern times. A researched and drew inspiration from the Norse sagas, archaeological remains of the original Viking ships Gokstad and Oseberg, and tapped into the wooden boatbuilding tradition of the region. Craftsmen used axes, adzes, and augers, among other traditional woodworking tools, to build the hull, an undertaking that incorporated more than 17,000 riveted iron fastenings. Her ornate dragon head was carved by instructors and students at a local folk art carving school. She was launched in 2012, and in 2016 made her first transatlantic voyage with port stops in Iceland, Greenland, the Great Lakes, Canada, New York City, and Mystic Seaport. Draken Harald Harfågre was greeted by appreciative crowds in North America.

Read about the Draken in the recent issue of Sea History (SH 157, Winter 2016–17)

Members of the general public are welcome to attend.

There is no charge to attend the seminars, but a $5 to $10 donation at the door is appreciated to support our efforts. If you would also like to join NMHS and the speaker for lunch following the presentation, the cost is $25 prepaid, reservation required, with cash bar.  For more information and to reserve a space for the program and luncheon, please email or call 914 737-7878 x 0.

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SAVE THE DATE: National Maritime Awards Dinner

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

The National Maritime Historical Society, in association with the Naval Historical Foundation, invites you to the gala National Maritime Awards Dinner in our nation’s capital.

NATIONAL MARITIME AWARDS DINNER
TUESDAY, 4 APRIL 2017
MAYFLOWER HOTEL, WASHINGTON, DC

The National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS) and the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) will honor three distinguished individuals and organizations at their National Maritime Awards Dinner on Tuesday, 4 April 2017, at the elegant, historic and iconic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

This illustrious event brings together those who love and serve the sea—leaders of the military sea services, merchant marine and maritime industry; maritime authors and artists; oceanographers, sea explorers and scientists; competitive yachtsmen; philanthropists and government officials who have supported America’s maritime heritage; industrial and pleasure boat designers and builders; cruise lines operators; aquaculturalists; maritime educators; and maritime educational institutions and museums.

Funds raised support the education initiatives of both organizations.

Join us the maritime community gathers to honor Conservation Internaci_42483771tional, an American non-profit environmental organization, and its chairman and founder Peter Seligmann, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. Conservation International has had a major impact on the health of the world’s oceans and shorelines. Conservation International is a founder of the Ocean Health Index and serves as the managing partner.  The NMHS Distinguished Service Award will be presented by Thomas L. Friedman, the distinguished three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist.

The NMHS Distinguished Service Award will also be given to the National Geographic Society for its extraordinary achievements in chronicling mankind’s relationship with the water and educating tens of millions of readers and viewers about our global maritime heritage. Since its first issue, National Geographic magazine has introduced generation after generation to maritime cultures around the globe and how they have contributed to our civilization. National Geographic  magazine is currently published in 38 editions in 33 languages in 75 countries, with a combined English and non-English circulation of 5.6 million copies per month.  Gary Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, will accept the award, which will be presented by internationally-recognized underwater explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the wreck of the Titanic.

The Naval Historical Foundation Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Dr. J. Phillip London, executive chairman and former CEO of CACI International for 23 jacklondoncaciphotoyears until 2007. Under Dr. London’s leadership, CACI has become a trendsetter in offering IT solutions and consulting services across markets throughout North America and Western Europe. Dr. London served 12 years as an officer during the Cold War, as a naval aviator and carrier pilot from 1959 to 1971, and in the US Naval Reserve until 1983. He has made extensive contributions to naval heritage projects and has served on many boards, including the Naval Historical Foundation, the United States Naval Institute and the Navy Memorial Foundation. The NHF Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Dr. London by Admiral William J. Fallon, USN (Ret.), chairman of the Naval Historical Foundation.

TICKETS:
Tickets to the dinner are $275 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information to order tickets, please call 914 737-7878 x 0.

This affair is traditionally sold out and seating is limited, so early responses are recommended.

MAYFLOWER HOTEL
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Mayflower Hotel is a historic venue that you will want to experience. President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote his famous “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” speech there, and this is just one of the many historic events that have taken place in that iconic hotel. While an enjoyable and fulfilling evening will be had by all, it is all in support of our maritime heritage.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS:mayflower-hotel-courtesy-marriott-intntl
Reservations can be made online or by calling 877 212-5752. Rooms for the NMHS block are $379/night plus taxes, and available until the block is sold, or  March 17, 2017 at 5 pm. If you would prefer to make your reservation by phone, please call 877 212-5752 and let them know that you are in the NMHS room block.

LIVE & SILENT AUCTION:

As part of the dinner, we have many exciting live and silent auction items for you to bid on to support the education initiatives and efforts of  the National Maritime Historical Society and the Naval Historical Foundation. Check back often for new items that have been added.

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS:

1. Seven-Night Mississippi  River Cruise for Two
Enjoy an amazing and relaxing seven-night cruise on the Mississippi River for two. With just 150 passengers, the cruise provides the finest travel experience to the Mississippi’s most beautiful places and scenic landscapes. Depart in 2017 or 2018. Cruises during the month of May or September are not applicable. Donated By: Charles A. Robertson, American Cruise Lines

2. Parade of Sail on the 1768 Schooner Sultana—Be Part of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race
Date: Monday, 11 October 2017
Time: 4:30 pm–6:30 pm
Departs: Baltimore Marine Center, Canton
Each October, schooners from the Eastern Seaboard gather in Baltimore, Maryland, in advance of the annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Established in 1990, this annual sailing race from Annapolis to Norfolk has featured as many as 57 schooners sailing during a single race, including multiple large, historic schooners.  On the evening before the race, the assembled fleet parades under sail throughout Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, passing cultural and historic landmarks. The winner is entitled to bring up to 20 guests on board the 1768 schooner Sultana for this Parade of Sail, and guests will be encouraged to assist with the setting of the schooner’s sails and even be given the chance to navigate under sail through Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  Guests may arrange for food & drink at their own expense, sorry, no alcohol.
Donated By: Sultana Education Foundation

SILENT AUCTION:
Even if you are not able to attend, you can still participate. You can bid electronically for the many silent auction items including day sails, resort vacations, maritime collectibles, artwork, and much more.  
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

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, April 4, 2017, so be sure to place your highest bid. Payment will not be processed unless you are the winning bidder. If you are the winning bidder, we will notify you by email, charge your credit card for payment and make arrangements for shipping or pickup if you are not at the event. Additional payment for shipping will then be charged.

 

NATIONAL MARITIME AWARDS DINNER COMMITTEE:
CAPT Jim Noone, USN (Ret.) Dinner Co-Chair
Dr. Timothy J. Runyan, Dinner Co-Chair
Philip Webster, Founding Chair

Charles B. Anderson; Jonathan Boulware ; John Brady; Walter R. Brown; CAPT Patrick Burns, USN (Ret.); RADM Joseph F. Callo, USN (Ret.); Dr. William Cogar; CAPT Charles Creekman, USN (Ret.); Vice Admiral Dirk J. Debbink, USNR (Ret.); Donna Dudley; Dr. William Dudley; Paul Fontenoy; David S. Fowler; Burchenal Green; Kristen Greenaway; Karen Helmerson; Dana Hewson; Howard Hoege; Gary Jobson; Dr. Paul F. Johnston; Vice Admiral Al Konetzni, USN (Ret.); Denise Krepp; Amy Lent; Richardo Lopes; Guy E. C. Maitland; Ginger Martus; LCDR Jim Mathieu, USCG (Ret.); CAPT Sally Chin McElwreath, USN (Ret.); Drew McMullen; Captain James J. McNamara; RADM John Mitchell USN (Ret.); Captain Eric Nielsen; Ronald L. Oswald; Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., USCG (Ret.); The Honorable S. Jay Plager; Bert Rogers; Christopher Rowsom; Kristen Sarri; Clair Sassin; Richard Scarano; Philip Shapiro; Howard Slotnick; Duncan Smith III, Esq; Dr. Joshua Smith; Captain Cesare Sorio; Irmy Webster; Dr. David Winkler; Jean Wort

 

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Success! Maritime Heritage Grant Program Restored

We’re happy to bring you this letter from Tim Runyan, chair of the National Maritime Alliance

Good News!

Language to amend the National Maritime Heritage Act was included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (the Defense bill) that was favorably voted on today by the US House of Representatives (375 to 34). Members of the House and Senate reached agreement on the bill last week after a summer of tough negotiating. The Senate will consider it next week. Once passed, the president is expected to sign the bill.

The maritime heritage grant program will be restored. Funding for the program was diverted by an amendment to the National Maritime Heritage Act in 2010, initiated by the US Maritime Administration. Advocacy by the maritime heritage community and the support of members of Congress resulted in that agency’s commitment of $7M to the grant program over the past few years.

The new legislation mandates that 18.75% of all ship scrapping proceeds will be committed to the maritime heritage grant program (my goal was 25%, so we have some more work to do). The funds will be transferred to the Department of the Interior where the National Park Service will continue to administer the competitive grant program. The grants fund maritime heritage education and preservation projects.

Additional amendments to the Defense bill require greater transparency in the Maritime Administration’s ship scrapping operations, including timely reporting on the funds available, and the use of funds for the preservation and presentation to the public of the Maritime Administration’s maritime heritage property.

These changes are all beneficial to the maritime heritage grant program.

My thanks to all who have supported this effort.

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NMHS Secretary Jean Wort Honored by Clearwater

clrwtrjw1We’re thrilled that Jean Wort was honored by Clearwater at their 2nd annual gala on 13 November. NMHS chairman Ronald Oswald, NMHS president Burchenal Green and trustees Walter Brown and Howard Slotnick were on hand to join in recognizing NMHS secretary Jean Wort, who received the Spirit of the Hudson award.

Captain Wort has worked to preserve the Hudson River’s natural beauty as a trustee or honorary director of the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, the Orange County Land Trust, the Nature Museum of the Hudson Highlands, the Orange County Citizens Foundation, the Fort Montgomery Battle Site and the Constitution Island Association. She has served on the Town of Highlands Planning Board and was appointed commissioner for Orange County for the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial from 2002 to 2010.

This year’s gala also hosted the largest number of Clearwater captains ever assembled. They have a unique position as environmental leaders on the Hudson River. In addition to piloting the sloop, the captain and crew share a mission to educate and inspire all passengers who sail on Clearwater, as well as the Clearwater members who serve as weekly volunteer crew.

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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, two of the many exciting features of our Annual Awards Dinner are 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, 26 October 2016. Telephone bids have been extended until Tuesday 25 October 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 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. Cruise for Two on the Queen of the Mississippi – 7 nights
queen-of-the-mississippiEnjoy a seven-night cruise for two aboard Queen of the Mississippi in the summer of 2017. With just 150 passengers, the cruise provides the finest travel experience to the Mississippi’s most beautiful places. The winner may select any 7-night cruise in 2017 and will receive a cabin category AAC or better. Cruise selection must be made by October 1, 2017.
Donated By: American Cruise Lines
Value: $10,650

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

sextantSimex Mariner Sextant
Mint-condition Simex Mariner sextant. The sextant measures the angle between a celestial body and the horizon (sighting the object or taking a sight). The angle measured and the time at which it was measured is then used to identify the location of the user on the grid map of the world. Sextants have been successfully used by seamen since 1757.
Donated By: George W. Carmany III
Value: $1,200
Starting Bid: $800 / Bid Increments: $100

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 sets 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

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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

Set of 2 Bolero Sail Plans,  Built by Henry B. Nevins, 1949
Designed by Sparkman & Stephens
Signed by Olin Stephens

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Bolero is a classic `maxi’ ocean racer and was considered the ultimate example of an ocean racer in the 1950’s. Bolero was a regular participant in major races, and served as the Flagship of the New York Yacht Club. In 1955, she was sold to a well-known Swedish yachtsman who extended her successful racing career on both sides of the Atlantic. After some years of neglect she was bought by her present owners in 2000. A major restoration was carried out at the Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Connecticut, in 2001–2002. Since then she has cruised and raced in New England, the Chesapeake, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. LOA 73.5’, LWL 51’, Beam 15.1’, Draft 9.5’, Displacement 94,000 lbs. Set of two—each museum quality frame. Serigraph on Coventry rag paper.
Donated By: Sparkman & Stephens
Value: $1,500
Starting Bid: $1,200 / Bid Increments: $100

bay-light-demersBay Light: Artist Proof by Don Demers
Bay Ligh
t is a sailor’s delight: wind, water, blue skies, and the lovely afternoon sunlight pouring across the sails. No competition here, just a happy coincidence of two boats heading out for a perfect sail. Limited Edition Artist Proof. Museum quality framed. Signed and Numbered. Giclée Canvas. Size: 24″ wide, 18″ high.
Donated By: Don Demers
Value: $625
Starting Bid: $450 / Bidding Increments: $50

Waiting for the Tide by Linda Norton
The watercolor was inspired by the artist’s visit to South Street Seaport, NYC.  It was named in a National Maritime Historical Society contest in 2015 by the winner, Richard Biller. Museum quality framed. Giclée print. Signed and Numbered. 1/150.  Sheet Size: 19.5” x 29.5”.
Donated By: Linda Norton
Value: $500
Starting Bid: $300 / Bidding Increments: $25

nyycAn Evening at the New York Yacht Club
Enjoy a lovely evening for two at the beautiful New York Yacht Club in New York City. The package includes dinner, an overnight guestroom and breakfast (does not include alcoholic beverages). Certificate expires  October  2017.
Donated By: New York Yacht Club
Value: $600
Starting Bid: $400 / Bidding Increments: $50

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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 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

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Maritime Book Selection
A Dream of Tall Ships
Signed by Peter and Norma Stanford
A Dream of Tall Ships: 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

Maritime Book Selection by Author William H. White
white-photoSigned 9-Book Collection
William H. White has been an historian specializing in the maritime heritage and American involvement in the Age of Sail for most of his adult life. A life-long sailor himself, he continues to sail and race actively in his home waters. He has sailed under square rig, giving him a knowledgeable and first hand insight to the complex workings of the vessels about which he writes. He served as an officer in the United States Navy in the ’60’s and was actively involved in naval operations for three years in Vietnam.
Donated By: William H. White
Starting Bid: $100 / Bid Increments: $10

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

thomson-printView from the Battery, 1829, by Thos. Thomson
Limited edition print reproduced from the original lithograph. Museum quality framed and matted. Sheet Size: 17” x 31”.
Donated By:David Vietor and  National Maritime Historical Society
Value:$375
Starting Bid: $250 / Bid Increments: $50

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

hornblower-mapMap 26 – Bomb Vessels’ Action of Rugen Hornblower
Original map of Bomb Vessels’ Action of Rugen.
Also included is the Hornblower Companion by C. S. Forester that provides a historical naval context to the adventures of the hero of his many books, Horatio Hornblower.

Unframed. Size: 14” x 18 ½”
Donated By:H.C. Bowen Smith
Value: Priceless
Starting Bid: $500 / 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

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 America’s Cup Racer by Raymond Guinta
Scale model of America’s 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

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

NMHS Ship’s Store – GIFT BAG
Coasters, Trivet, Kaiulani Crystal Paperweight
Also includes a 2017 NMHS Calendar
Donated By: National Maritime Historical Society
Value: $55
Starting Bid: $40 / Bid Increments: $5

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

wavertree-shps-of-glassWavertree – Ships of Glass
Proudly handmade by artist Don Hardy in the USA, this beautiful and delicate glass ship is a replica of the Wavertree, a historic iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1885.
(Blue/green glass).
Donated By: Ships of Glass and Don & Kathy Hardy
Value: $275
Starting Bid: $175 / Bid Increments: $25

 

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

American Cruise Lines
George W. Carmany III
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


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In the Pages of Sea History 156

Sea History 156 is in the mail and on the newsstands. Just look at what’s in this issue:

 

peking-wiki-commonsPeking is Homeward Bound, by Bill Bleyer
After more than 40 years at the dock at South Street Seaport Museum in New York, the 377-foot Flying-P Liner Peking, made famous in Irving Johnson’s mini-documentary Around Cape Horn, is preparing for a voyage back home to Hamburg, where she will be restored and become the centerpiece for a new German Port Museum.
Find this article in Featured Articles from Sea History.

 

underwater-archaeology-2_izikoSlave-ship Wrecked off Cape Town: The Slave Wrecks Project and the New National Museum of African American History & Culture, by Deirdre O’Regan, with Fleur Paysour and Abigail Benson
The archaeological investigation of a slave-ship wreck site off Cape Town provides the first opportunity for researchers to learn more about this difficult part of our history through shipwreck remains. Some of the artifacts will be on display at the opening of the Smithsonian’s newest museum this fall.

dahlgren-croppedJohn A. Dahlgren—Lincoln’s Seasick Naval Genius, by James H. Bruns
As the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, the defense of the nation’s capital fell to the lieutenant in charge of the Washington Navy Yard, John Dahlgren. A personal friend of President Lincoln, Dahlgren was a scientific and ballistics expert who would revolutionize gunnery for the Union.

National History Day Prizes in Maritime History, Sponsored by NMHS
This year’s winners of the NMHS Special Prizes in Maritime History covered topics from Charles Darwin and Ernest Shackleton to the Panama Canal and the Lost Colony of Roanoke; learn more about this annual event for middle and high school students and how NMHS encourages young scholars to pursue topics in maritime history for their entries.

maury-whale-chart-8-25Whales Tales: Matthew Fontaine Maury and the American Quest for the Northwest Passage, by John Grady
In the race to find the fabled Northwest Passage across North America, US Navy Lt. Matthew Fontaine Maury, superintendent of the National Observatory, collected mountains of data from the logbooks of thousands of whalemen who sailed the world’s oceans and recorded their observations on whales, weather, and currents, hoping to find clues that would lead him to it.

 

portclydemist18x24-copyEn Plein Air, by Neal Hughes
Marine artist Neal Hughes discusses working “in the open air” and shows how the challenges of working outdoors in changing light and weather can pay off in the completed painting.

 

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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