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New York’s “Sludge Boats”
SCI’s Johnathan Thayer reveals how mariners help keep New York sludge free. He talks with veteran mariner George Ilse, who says eventually he got used to the unpleasant smell carting the city’s waste out to sea. More...
  • January 10, 2014 The Case of the MV Dubai Valour During the fall of 2013, processing archival records of SCI’s Center for Seafarers’ Rights, Archives Intern Julie Zimmerman came across the Dubai More...
  • November 6, 2013 25 South Street: “Post Office of the Seven Seas” Before the advent of the Internet, old-fashioned snail mail kept seafarers in touch with loved ones at home, and thanks to SCI’s special post office More...

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  • SCI and the Titanic: 100 Years Ago March 26, 2012 by Johnathan Thayer, Archivist More...
  • SCI’s "Flying Bridge" March 19, 2012 by Johnathan Thayer, Archivist Maritime Education During Word War II Here in the archives, the latest “project in progress” consists of a series of oral history interviews with veterans of the United States Merchant Marine, some of whom were active... More...
  • SCI's Health & Wellness Clinics February 1, 2012 by Johnathan Thayer, Archivist The post-WWI shipping slump of the 1920s meant more sailors out of work and “on the beach,” a problem that only got worse with the 1929 stock market crash and the ensuing decade of Depression. For those with medical... More...
  • Medico Rooftop Radio Doctor’s Office January 4, 2012 by Jenny Frémont, Archives Fellow, Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies MAN PUT HIS TONGUE AGAINST REFRIGERATOR PIPE AND GOT IT FROZEN; HAVE THAWED IT OUT AND IT IS NOW BLISTERED AND SWOLLEN BUT NOT PAINFUL. ARRIVING... More...
  • Janet Lord Roper: SCI’s House Mother November 8, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist Janet Lord Roper served as SCI’s House Mother from 1915 until her death in 1943. Over nearly three decades, Mother Roper’s service to the seafarers at 25 South Street established her as one of the most... More...
  • SCI Joins Queens College Special Collections October 14, 2011 At the beginning of the 19th century, the absence of international regulations meant merchant mariners frequently experienced mistreatment, ranging from unfair wages to abuse on board. More...
  • Parker's Journals: SCI’S First CHAPLAINSBLOG October 8, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist The recently launched SCI CHAPLAINSBLOG showcases the daily work of SCI’s port chaplains, creating a new forum in which they can reach out to seafarers in the digital era. In many ways, this latest innovation... More...