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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...
  • The Case of the MV Dubai Valour January 10, 2014 During the fall of 2013, processing archival records of SCI’s Center for Seafarers’ Rights, Archives Intern Julie Zimmerman came across the Dubai Valour case—one of many instances in the Institute’s More...
  • 25 South Street: “Post Office of the Seven Seas” November 6, 2013 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, traveling mariners could receive messages no More...

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Labor Struggles on New York City’s Waterfront: A Visual History August 27, 2012

Queens College grad student Alexandra Dolan-Mescal examines SCI’s archival record of labor unions in early twentieth-century New York, discovering that seafarer welfare agencies like SCI were... More...

“Archival Theory and Religious Thought:” A Review of SAA 2012 August 16, 2012

SCI’s Archivist Johnathan Thayer attended the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists in San Diego, CA where he discovered religion and archives have more in common than one... More...

SCI and the Merchant Marine during World War II, Part Two: 1942 August 2, 2012

When the United States entered World War II, the nation drew on many resources for the war effort, including the Seamen’s Church Institute, which provided aid to seafarers in the merchant marine... More...

SCI Digital Archives Launches New Site July 19, 2012

Explorers need not climb into a dusty vault to view objects from New York’s maritime history at the Seamen’s Church Institute. A new, easy-to-use online interface allows anyone to access more than... More...

SCI and the Merchant Marine during WWII, Part One: 1939-1941 July 6, 2012

United States merchant mariners played a crucial role in securing victory for the Allied forces during the Second World War. SCI’s archival records bear witness to their valuable contribution and... More...

Merchant Marine Mural at 25 South Street June 6, 2012

For many years, a mural depicting the crucial role of the US Merchant Marine in the 1944 Normandy Invasion hung in the lobby of SCI’s headquarters at 25 South Street.

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SCI and the Titanic: Safety at Sea April 12, 2012

by Johnathan Thayer, Archivist The sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, became an international news story even before actual details of the event emerged. The speed and force with which the... More...