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Seafarers and the Thirteenth Amendment
The 1897 Supreme Court case Robertson v. Baldwin inspired a national movement to bring regulation of the merchant marine into the modern era, led by a reform contingent that included SCI. More...
  • May 13, 2014 The “Softer Side” of Seafarers Newspaper cuttings from SCI’s archives reveal the truth about seafarers of yesteryear. More...
  • March 17, 2014 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 More...

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  • 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...
  • SCI’s 9/11 Relief Efforts September 9, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist On the morning of September 11, 2001, having observed first-hand the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers from just 850 yards away, SCI made the quick decision to transform the offices of the... More...
  • The Byrd Antarctic Expedition of 1928-1930 August 10, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist The Arctic and Antarctic have held the collective imagination of the Western world since ancient times, luring nautical explorers to the icy poles in search of mysterious islands, unclaimed lands, and access... More...
  • The Great Republic & Half Moon June 6, 2011 by Jonathan Thayer, Associate Archivist Great Republic SCI’s largest ship model at Port Newark is of the mighty clipper ship Great Republic. Designed by renowned shipbuilder Donald McKay, the actual Great Republic launched from Boston Harbor on... More...
  • World War II Artifacts at Port Newark May 18, 2011 by Jonathan Thayer, Associate Archivist SS NORMANDIE BELL Situated in the entrance of the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) newly renovated International Seafarers’ Center in Port Newark, the Normandie Bell greets visitors, providing them an upclose... More...
  • The Mysterious Tale of the Sir Galahad Figurehead April 27, 2011 Do You Recognize this Man?by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist Over the next month, join me as we explore the stories behind some of the artwork and artifacts from SCI’s collection. Sir Galahad has welcomed seafarers and visitors alike to SCI... More...