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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 More...
  • The “Softer Side” of Seafarers May 13, 2014 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...

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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...

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...