Sea History 155 is in the mail and on the newsstands. Just look at what’s in this issue:
Fair Winds, Peter (1927–2016), by Shelley Reid
The National Maritime Historical Society and the maritime heritage community at large remember our president emeritus and long-time editor of Sea History, Peter Stanford.
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The Cape Horn Road, Part II: How the Sails of the Square-rigged Ship Got their Names, by Peter Stanford
From 1994 to 2000, Peter Stanford captivated readers with tales of The Cape Horn Road, his 22-installment series about the sweeping history of seafaring. In installment II, reprinted here in honor of his countless contributions to Sea History, Peter discusses the story of how square sails were named, drawing inspiration from Wavertree, the ship Peter and Norma Stanford rescued from retirement as a sand barge to become the flagship of the South Street Seaport Museum.
Wavertree Restoration: News from the Shipyard, by Jonathan Boulware
South Street Seaport Museum’s executive director updates us on Wavertree’s progress, as the 1885 iron-hulled full rigged ship’s $13-million restoration continues.
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So Close to Home: U-boats in the Gulf of Mexico, by Michael J. Tougias
Not many Americans realize how close German U-boats came to their shores. Best-selling author Michael Tougias puts us on board U-507 with Commander Harro Schacht as he sneaks into the Gulf of Mexico in the spring of 1942 and wreaks havoc on American shipping.
Congress Supports Maritime Heritage Amendments! by Dr. Timothy J. Runyan
The National Parks Service has announced the recipients of the 2015 Maritime Heritage Grants cycle, and the National Maritime Historical Society is on the list! The National Maritime Alliance’s Tim Runyan reports on the progress on Capitol Hill of efforts to restore more funding to the program, and outlines what you, our readers, can do to help.
Hell With the Lid Off! —Lt. Hobson and the Sinking of the Merrimac at Santiago, Cuba, 1898, by Patrick S. Grant
Faced with the task of keeping the Spanish fleet trapped in Santiago Harbor, Lt. Richmond Hobson, a naval constructor, and a crew of volunteers from the US fleet embarked on a risky mission to block the narrow channel by sinking their own ship.
Bound for the Arctic and Beyond: Schooner Bowdoin Prepares for Her Second Century of Voyaging, by Michael W. Mahan
Designed to sail through the ice packs of the Arctic, the solidly built schooner Bowdoin, now a training ship for the Maine Maritime Academy, is being restored as she approaches her 100th birthday.
This issue’s cover: Wavertree at Caddell Dry Dock.
Plus, you’ll find the regular features you look forward to in every issue:
NMHS: A Cause in Motion
Marine Art News
Sea History for Kids
Ship Notes, Seaport & Museum News
Maritime History on the Internet