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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’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...
  • The Working Seafarer: Early Legislation March 29, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist Enlisting on a merchant vessel in the 19th century was a rough deal for the working seafarer. In exchange for the low wages offered to them, seafarers could encounter cramped living quarters, bad food, and... More...
  • Maritime Education: WWI to Simulator Training March 2, 2011 by Lauren Robinson, Digitization Assistant In February 1916, retired sea captain Robert Huntington headed up SCI's Navigation and Marine Engineering School. Instruction was given in nautical astronomy, navigation, marine engineering, mathematics,... More...