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Newspaper cuttings from SCI’s archives reveal the truth about seafarers of yesteryear. More...
  • New York’s “Sludge Boats” March 17, 2014 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 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...

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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...

SCI and the Titanic: 100 Years Ago March 26, 2012

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Read how then, as now, North America’s largest mariners’ service agency extended a helping hand to mariners in the wake of... 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... 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... 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... 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... More...

SCI Joins Queens College Special Collections October 14, 2011

SCI moves 178 years of archives chronicling the history of its service to mariners to the Department of Special Collections and Archives at Queens College, a leading repository of human rights... More...