The National Maritime Historical Society

Beacon of Light Educational Initiatives

Beacon of Light

Education is the movement from darkness to light.
-Allan Bloom

Education of the next generation is critical to carrying the memory of our maritime history forward, and we thank all of you who have supported our upcoming Annual Awards Dinner on 26 October with your sponsorship, contributions and early bidding on the Silent and Live Auctions!  This year we will continue our educational sponsorships with our Beacon of Light initiative.

Everyone contributing $100 or more will be given a small light-up pin – if you’ll be attending the gala we ask you to wear it proudly to inspire others to give; if you’ll be supporting us from home, we’ll send you your own special NMHS pin.  Contribute online, email nmhs@seahistory.org or call (914) 737-7878 Ext. 0 today!

Will you all join your fellows in supporting our education initiatives?

  • In doing so you bolster Sea History magazine, the voice of America’s maritime heritage.
  • Your contributions help us reach the next generation of maritime enthusiasts with our Sea History for Kids website
  • With your help we can offer maritime awards in 25 National History Day state contests in which over a half million high school and middle school students participate.
  • Your support will enable us to catalog and preserve our 8,000 volume maritime library and archive collection of photographs, maps, charts, vessel plans, works of art, ship models and other maritime objects.
  • With your help we head into the 26th year of our NMHS Seminar Series, engaging 15,000 participants since 1992 in our common maritime heritage and supporting over 200 maritime historians, authors, artists and filmmakers.
  • Your donations make possible documentaries like the Sails over Ice and Seas series celebrating the life and times of Ernestina-Morrissey.

Whether your contribution is for $1,000, $100 or any amount you are able to give, you are keeping our maritime heritage alive and helping us to preserve our seafaring traditions.

Contribute online, email nmhs@seahistory.org or call (914) 737-7878 Ext. 0 today!

Thank You!

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Finest Hours & So Close to Home Seminar Series 11/3 and 11/4

Join the National Maritime Historical Society and
New York Times Bestselling Author Michael Tougias
for a Film Screening, Lecture & Book Signing

The Finest Hours    &    So Close to Home 
        

Friday, November 3, 2017
Refreshments at 6:30 PM; Film Screening at 7:00 PM

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Continental Breakfast & Registration at 10:30 AM; Lecture at 11:00 AM

Both Events at the Chappaqua Library Theatre
195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY

RSVP by clicking HERE

Join us on Friday evening along with New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias for a film screening of The Finest Hours, a feature-length motion picture produced by Walt Disney Pictures based on his book about the Coast Guard’s daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers were destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.  Following the screening, Michael will speak briefly about how the film was made, and signed books will be available for purchase.

Join us again on Saturday when Michael Tougias returns to the Chappaqua library to give a two-part multimedia presentation on The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue and also his book So Close To Home: The True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During WWII, about the Downs family as they struggle against sharks, hypothermia, drowning, and dehydration in their effort to survive the aftermath of a deadly May 19, 1942 U-boat attack.  Book signing will follow.

The Public is invited to both events.  Space is limited and advance registration is recommended (and appreciated!).  Please RSVP by clicking HERE You may also contact NMHS at 914-737-7878, ext. 0 if you plan to attend.  A $5 or $10 donation is appreciated. After the lecture on Saturday, NMHS will host a luncheon—$25 prepaid with cash bar. (Lunch reservations are required.)

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Annual Awards Dinner Live Auction

Take a sneak peak at the items featured in this year’s Annual Awards Dinner Live Auction! Even if you are not able to attend, you can still participate and support the National Maritime Historical Society.   Let us do the bidding for you!  Call  914-737-7878 ext. 0 or email nmhs@seahistory.org to be set up with your own personal bidding representative. Be sure to place your highest bid with your representative, who will bid in agreed-upon increments from the opening bid up to your highest bid.  All items will be available to bid on the night of the event, 26 October 2017. Telephone bids will be honored until Tuesday 24 October at 12:00 Noon EST.

1929 Chateau Pichon Lalande –
A collector’s item from a celebrated year, from the private cellar of American heiress Doris Duke

Duke  was an American heiress, socialite, horticulturalist, art collector and philanthropist dubbed “the richest little girl in the world.”  The daughter of a wealthy tobacco tycoon, Duke was able to fund a life of global travel and wide-ranging interests. These extended across journalism, competition surfing, jazz piano, wildlife conservation, Oriental art and Hare Krishna. Her estimated $1.3 billion fortune was largely left to charity.  This wine is reviewed as having a “mature but lively appearance, fresh and delicate, pure and elegant, great finesse, perfectly intact, wonderful length …”

Donated by: George W. Carmany III, Dinner Chairman
Reserve: $1,500

 

Private Charter Aboard Yacht Manhattan for 40 Guests with an Open Bar

Enjoy a 2-hour private charter aboard the yacht Manhattan with up to 40 guests and an open bar.  This gorgeous, buff-hulled 80-foot, twenties-style yacht offers elegance and comfort, wrapped in turn-of-the-century tradition. She is equipped with teak decks and mahogany trim. Her spectacular cabin features an all-glass observatory, cushioned seating and a well-appointed bar, all of which provides you and your guests with stunning panoramic views of New York City. Departs from Chelsea Piers. Time to be mutually agreed upon. Gratuity is not included. Not valid on Saturdays; expires December 31, 2018.

Donated By: Classic Harbor Line, Scarano Boat Building & NMHS Trustee Richard Scarano
Value: $4,200

 

7-Night Mississippi River Cruise for 2 

You and a guest can enjoy any available cruise departing in May of 2018 aboard paddlewheeler America. Treat yourself to a 7- night Mississippi River cruise, with private balcony stateroom, for two aboard America, the newest vessel on the Mississippi River. Launched in 2016, America is one of the finest Mississippi paddlewheelers ever built, introducing features never before seen on the Mississippi.  America embodies a casual ambiance and relaxed atmosphere while providing panoramic views of the passing scenery.  Choose from different cruise options—New Orleans round trip or Lower Mississippi Cruise, and enjoy customized excursions from iconic ports.

Donated By: American Cruise Lines
Value: $10,650

 

Star Clipper 7-Night Cruise from Phuket or Bali for 2

Don’t miss this opportunity for you and a guest to spend 7 nights aboard Star Clipper in an outside cabin (category 4) from either Phuket, Thailand, or Bali, Indonesia.

A true clipper ship, the Star Clipper reflects her proud heritage in every inch of polished brass. The ship is intimate, with room for just 170 passengers, but spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks provide ample space for relaxation or recreation. Lounge at the indoor-outdoor Tropical Bar and Piano Bar or curl up in front of the fireplace in the Edwardian-style library. Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships will interest you, while teak and gleaming mahogany rails are richly reminiscent of Star Clipper’s proud nautical heritage. All cabins have marble-lined bathrooms with showers and include double or twin beds that can be converted to queen-size beds. Also included are a television with in-house video and direct dial telephone. Subject to availability, confirmable no earlier than thirty days (30) prior to sailing. Non-transferable and has no redeemable cash value. Additional port charges, gratuities and items of a personal nature are additional. Holiday sailings are excluded. Does not include airfare. December 15, 2018.

Donated by: Star Clippers
Value: $7,480

 


Let us do the bidding for you!  Call 914-737-7878 ext. 0 to be set up with your own personal bidding representative. Telephone bids will be honored until Tuesday October 24, 2017 at 12:00 Noon EST.   All items will be available to bid on the night of the event, October 26, 2017, so be sure to place your highest bid with your representative, who will bid in increments up to your highest bid. Payment information in the form of a credit card will be collected at the time of your bid, but the payment will not be processed unless yours is the winning bid on October 26, 2017. If you are the winning bidder, we will notify you by email or phone, charge your credit card for payment and make arrangements for shipping or pickup. Additional payment for shipping will then be charged.


Thank you to all of our donors for these fantastic items. We truly  appreciate your generosity and wonderful support.

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Annual Awards Dinner Silent Auction Catalog

In addition to honoring Brian D’Isernia, Captain Bert Rogers and NMHS Overseer Philip J. Webster, two of the many exciting features of our Annual Awards Dinner are the LIVE and SILENT auctions! Even if you are not able to attend, you can still participate and support the National Maritime Historical Society.   The Silent Auction is now open – let us do the bidding for you!

 

 

Call  914-737-7878 ext. 0 or email nmhs@seahistory.org to be set up with your own personal bidding representative. Be sure to place your highest bid with your representative, who will bid in increments from the starting bid up to your highest bid. All items will be available to bid on the night of the event, 26 October 2017. Telephone bids will be honored until Tuesday 24 October at 12:00 Noon EST.

Take a look at our fantastic auction items!
Maritime Art      Maritime Collectibles      Maritime Books           
Museums & Tours      Day Sails & Cruising      Resorts & Travel     

 

MARITIME ART

Young America—New York in the 1890s
Spectacular Oil on Canvas by Award Winning Artist Patrick O’Brien
18″ x 24″, 2017. Offered at the auction, or buy it now by calling 800-221-6647 Ext. 0.

Starting Bid or Buy it Now: $6,000 / Bid Increments: $250

 

 


America
Victorious
Oil on Canvas by Award Winning Artist Patrick O’Brien
16” x 20”,  2017.  Offered at the auction, or buy it now by calling 800-221-6647 Ext. 0

Starting Bid or Buy it Now: $4,500 / Bid Increments: $250    SOLD!

 

 

 

thomson-printView from the Battery, 1829, by Thos. Thomson
Limited edition print reproduced from the original lithograph. Professionally framed and matted. Sheet Size: 17” x 31”.

Donated By: David Vietor and  National Maritime Historical Society
Value: $375
Starting Bid: $250 / Bid Increments: $50

 

Harbor Approach
by Leonard Mizerek

Original Oil – 6” x 8”, Framed

Donated by: Leonard Mizerek
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

 

 

 

 

Race of the Elsies by Thomas Hoyne

Limited edition lithograph. Professionally Framed.
Image size 27” wide x 21 ½” high.

Donated By: Ronald L. Oswald
Value: $1,000
Starting Bid: $800 / Bid Increments: $100

 

 

MARITIME COLLECTIBLES

bolero-1bolero-2Set of 2 Bolero Sail Plans,  Built by Henry B. Nevins, 1949; Designed by Sparkman & Stephens; Signed by Olin Stephens
Bolero is a classic `maxi’ ocean racer and was considered the ultimate example of an ocean racer in the 1950’s. Bolero was a regular participant in major races, and served as the Flagship of the New York Yacht Club. In 1955, she was sold to a well-known Swedish yachtsman who extended her successful racing career on both sides of the Atlantic. After some years of neglect she was bought by her present owners in 2000. A major restoration was carried out at the Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Connecticut, in 2001–2002. Since then she has cruised and raced in New England, the Chesapeake, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. Set of two—each professionally framed. Serigraph on Coventry rag paper.

Donated By: Sparkman & Stephens
Value: $1,500
Starting Bid: $1,200 / Bid Increments: $100

 

Fishing Schooner by Raymond Guinta

Donated By:
Model Ships by Ray Guinta
Value: $110
Starting Bid: $80 / Bid Increments: $10

 

 

 

hornblower-map

Original Map 26 from C.S. Forester’s Hornblower Companion: Bomb Vessels’ Action off Rugen

Horatio Hornblower Fans – there is no other.  This is the original map #26 from Forester’s Companion – Bomb Vessels’ Action off Rugen, unframed, size: 14”x18½” and a copy of C.S. Forester’s Hornblower Companion. Hornblower returns to duty in Forester’s Commodore as a flag officer.  In this tale Hornblower foils an assassination attempt on Russian Tsar Alexander I and employs his bomb-ketches against the French Army in defense of the city of Riga.  This map details his naval actions in the destruction of French ship Blanchefleur as Hornblower once again saves the day.

Donated By: H.C. Bowen Smith
Value: Priceless
Starting Bid: $500 / Bid Increments: $100

 

Ships of Glass Trio –
USS Trippe, USS Porcupine and 
US Brig Niagara
Hand-made, beautiful glass replicas of ships that participated at the Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813. US Brig Niagara was Commodore Perry’s relief flagship.

Donated By: Don & Kathy Hardy of Ships of Glass
Value: $150
Starting Bid: $70 / Bid Increments: $10

 

1941 Antique C. Plath Sextant and Binoculars from WWII

1941 Antique C. Plath Sextant and Binoculars from WWII – Given to Hyman Wassermen by German Naval Officer who claimed to have used them during WWII.

 

Donated By: Andy Blan
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

 

 

Fine Silver Shell with 18″ Sterling Silver Snake Chain

One-of-a-kind pieces of fine jewelry. Individually hand-formed. Numbered and signed by Nancy Prisk of Southport Silver.

Donated By: Southport Silver & Nancy Prisk
Value: $185
Starting Bid: $130 / Bid Increments: $20

 

SailorBags Genuine Sailcloth Large Duffel
The perfect size for weekend travel or a full-day family outing. With its space-efficiency, compact size, and light weight, it’s a great carry-on bag too. Features: big main compartment, full length zipper, outside accessory pocket, additional organizer pockets, removable shoulder strap and double hand straps.  Genuine sailcloth exterior, YKK marine grade zippers and corrosion-resistant metal hardware. Lifetime guarantee. Outside Dimensions (approx.) 12″H x 22″W x 12″D.

Donated By: Sailor Bags
Value: $99
Starting Bid: $70 / Bid Increments: $10

 

KOBRAND Wine – 3 Bottles (1.5L) of Nardi Brunello 2003
To enjoy or collect – Nardi Brunello 2003 reveals gorgeous depth, richness and density in its dark red fruit, tobacco and licorice. Sweet floral notes ring out on the long, refined finish. This is a medium-bodied style of Brunello that can be enjoyed now or cellared.

Donated By: Kobrand Corporation and Marco Sorio
Value: $425
Starting Bid: $300 / Bid Increments: $50

 

MARITIME BOOKS

mcallister-towing

Signed Copy of McAllister Towing: 150 Years of Family Business
McAllister Towing is known throughout the shipping industry today as one of the world’s most reliable and respected tugboat and marine transportation firms, towing barges, escorting ships, and providing docking services in twelve U. S. ports along the East Coast. Signed by Brian, Buckley and Eric McAllister.

Donated By: McAllister Towing & Transportation Co., Inc.
Starting Bid: $80 / Bid Increments: $10

 

Signed Books by John Lehman
65th Secretary of the Navy in the Regan administration, John Francis Lehman, Jr. is now an American investment banker and writer. NMHS Overseer John F. Lehman, Jr. promoted the creation of a 600-ship Navy. From 2003 to 2004 he was a member of the 9/11 Commission.

Donated By: John F. Lehman, Jr.
Value: Priceless
Starting Bid: $80 / Bid Increments: $10

 

William H. White white-photoSigned Book Collection
William H. White has been an historian specializing in the maritime heritage and American involvement in the Age of Sail for most of his adult life. A life-long sailor himself, he continues to sail and race actively in his home waters. He has sailed under square rig, giving him a knowledgeable and first hand insight to the complex workings of the vessels about which he writes. He served as an officer in the United States Navy in the ’60’s and was actively involved in naval operations for three years in Vietnam. Books in this auction include: The Greater the Honor, In Pursuit of Glory, When Fortune Frowns, Gun Bay, In Hostile Waters.

Donated By: William H. White
Starting Bid: $100 / Bid Increments: $20

 

 

 

 


Four Maritime Book Selections from Quarto Group

Donated By: The Quarto Group
Value: $150
Starting Bid: $80 / Bid Increments: $10

 

Signed Maritime Maryland: A History by Dr. William Dudley
Maritime Maryland: A History is a vivid portrayal of Maryland’s maritime past, exploring the complex interaction of people, land, and the waterways through descriptions of trade, ports, shipbuilding, technology, pollution, commercial and passenger transportation, naval campaigns, watermen, commercial fisheries and recreational boating. Hardbound, 328 pages.

Donated By: Dr. William Dudley, former Director of Naval History for the US Navy
Value: $100
Starting Bid: $80 / Bid Increments: $10

 

New York City Classics:  A Dream of Tall Ships & Harbor Voices
A Dream of Tall Ships – How New Yorkers came together to save the city’s sailing-ship waterfront, by Peter & Norma Stanford, is a lively account of a great urban adventure beginning in the 1960s with two New Yorkers committed to creating a maritime museum in Manhattan’s old sailing ship waterfront—the South Street Seaport Museum.  Harbor Voices By Terry Waltoncelebrates New York’s working harbor; the people, places and vessels that make the city work. It includes behind-the-scenes stories as interconnections to earlier times.

Donated By: National Maritime Historical Society
Starting Bid: $50 / Bid Increments: $10

 

MUSEUMS & TOURS

Private Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Mystic Seaport’s Watercraft Collection for Six
Enjoy a day at Mystic Seaport with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Watercraft Collection on a mutually agreed upon date in 2018 for up to 6 people. The Watercraft Collection at Mystic Seaport is the largest of its kind. It includes sailing craft ranging in size from rowboats to schooners and ships. The collection also houses a large number of rowing craft, including both round and flat bottom, and a growing number of canoes and powered craft, such as the Herreshoff-designed Resolute launch.

Donated By: Mystic Seaport & Stephen C. White
Value: Priceless
Starting Bid: $200 / Bid Increments: $20

 

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Global Terminals—Visit a State-of-the-Art Container Terminal
Ride the elevator to the top of a container crane (160’) and operate the crane under the supervision of John Atkins, president of Global Terminals. Mr. Atkins will also give you and two friends an extensive tour with lunch. The terminal is located at: 302 Port Jersey Blvd., Jersey City, New Jersey.  Expires December 31, 2018.

Donated By: Global Terminals
Value: Priceless
Starting Bid: $300 / Bid Increments: $50

 

Director’s Tour for 25 aboard Wavertree

Capt. Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of South Street Seaport Museum, will give you and up to 24 friends a private behind-the-scenes tour of the 130 year old riveted wrought-iron sailing ship Wavertree. This is the iconic remainder of the thousands of sailing ships that docked at the Street of Sails in the heyday of the Age of Sail. Just having undergone a multi-million dollar restoration at Caddell Drydock in Staten Island, the ship tells an amazing story. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Expires December 31, 2018.

Donated By: South Street Seaport Museum & Capt. Jonathan Boulware
Value: Priceless
Starting Bid: $400 / Bid Increments: $100

 

Private Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for 12
A private behind-the-scenes tour of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, based in historic St. Michaels, MD. CBMM houses the world’s largest collection of Chesapeake Bay water craft, and provides interactive exhibits in and around the 35 buildings which dot the 18-acre campus. For up to 12 guests, at a mutually convenient time.

Donated By: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum & Kristin Greenaway
Value: Priceless
Starting Bid: $200 / Bid Increments: $20

 

DAY SAILS & CRUISING

3-Hour Sail for 2 Aboard Historic Seraffyn of Victoria with Yachtsman George Dow

Join George Dow for a 3-hour sail on the historic 24’ Seraffyn of Victoria, the famous wooden cutter that author-sailors Larry and Lin Pardey sailed around the world without power. This beautiful wooden cutter was built by hand in Larry Pardey’s back yard in Newport Beach, California and is well designed for all the elements of ocean sailing.  George will bring lobster rolls and a copy of Larry and Lin’s Cruising in the Seraffyn which documents building of Seraffyn and the initial leg of Seraffyn’s circumnavigation.  Board at Scituate, MA.  Date to be mutually agreed upon in 2018.

Donated By: George Dow
Value: Priceless
Starting Bid: $300 / Bid Increments: $50

 

Tickets for 4-6 aboard Schooner Pioneer
Sail historic New York Harbor aboard an icon. The 1885 iron schooner Pioneer sails 5 days a week from Pier 16 in the East River. Built in Marcus Hook, PA, to carry sand, she was converted from sloop to schooner. One of the last surviving examples of commercial working sailing vessels, Pioneer is a perfect platform for a sail on the harbor that built the US! Subject to availability. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Gratuity not included. Expires December 31, 2018.

Donated By: South Street Seaport Museum & Capt. Jonathan Boulware
Value: $192
Starting Bid: $150 / Bid Increments: $20

 

 

O-Clearwater2Sail for 2 on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

Experience the Hudson River aboard Clearwater, an authentic working tall-ship and join in “all hands to the halyards” to help hoist the sails to the rhythm of a traditional sea shanty. Steer the boat with the 11-foot tiller and experience the Clearwater tradition of a moment of silence and reflection. Learn about the Hudson River’s history, biology and environmental concerns and relax out on the water. For 2018 sailing season.

Donated By: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Value: $100
Starting Bid: $70 / Bid Increments: $10

 

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Two Tickets for 2-Hour Sail aboard Schooner Adirondack or America 2.0
See New York like you never have on this 2-hour sail aboard the Adirondack, a wooden 80-foot pilot schooner. Within five minutes of leaving the dock, you’ll forget the mayhem and noise of Manhattan street life, and you’ll feel the relaxing breeze of New York Harbor! Departs from Chelsea Piers. Gratuity is not included. Not valid on Saturdays; expires December 31, 2018.

Donated By: Classic Harbor Line and Scarano Boat Building
Value: $164
Starting Bid: $120 / Bid Increments: $20

 

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Two Tickets for AIANY around Manhattan Architecture Tour
Hosted by architect-members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the New York City architecture tour will take you on a full circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan. You will take in the “Starchitecture” of the West Side, skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, and the icons of the East River in this 2 hour 45 minute cruise. These pillars of strength can be viewed in comfort and style, from the climate-controlled, enclosed back-deck observatory or from the open bow for fresh air and sunlight. Light hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer, wine, or champagne is included. Departs from Chelsea Piers. Gratuity is not included. Not valid on Saturdays; expires December 31, 2018.

Donated By: Classic Harbor Line & Scarano Boat Building
Value: $156
Starting Bid: $120/ Bid Increments: $20

 

RESORTS & TRAVEL

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St. James’s Club, Morgan Bay, St. Lucia; 7 to 10 nights of accommodations, for up to three rooms, double occupancy
Set amid 25 acres of lush hillside gardens tucked into a private cove on the northern coast of St. Lucia, this all-inclusive beachfront resort features 345 well-appointed guest rooms and suites offering stunning ocean and tropical garden views. Enjoy the day exploring an array of water sports and land activities. Certificate provides 7 to 10 nights of accommodations for up to three rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $115 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–Jan 3 & Feb 1–24. Air must be purchased at the time of booking for stays Dec 21-Jan 3 & Feb 1-24. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2019. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans, as they have access to all airline fares and availability.

Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $2,745
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100


St James Club AntiguaSM

St. James’s Club, Antigua; 7 to 9  Nights of Accommodations, for up to Three Rooms, Double Occupancy
Experience a private 100-acre tropical peninsula on Antigua’s southeastern coast where clear turquoise waters surround your own private oasis. Two magnificent white-sand beaches, six pools, four distinct restaurants, non-motorized water sports, tennis & fitness center, supervised kids activities, spa and nightly entertainment. Certificate provides accommodations for up to three rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $125 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–Jan 3 & Feb 1–24. Air must be purchased at the time of booking for stays Dec 21-Jan 3 & Feb 1-24. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2019. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans, as they have access to all airline fares and availability.

Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $3,600
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

 

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The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua; 7 to 9 Nights of Accommodations, for up to Three Rooms, Double Occupancy
The Verandah is a luxury, all-suite, eco-friendly Caribbean beachfront resort with two spectacular white-sand beaches, four pools, nature trails to historic Devil’s Bridge, three dining options, tennis & fitness center, non-motorized water sports, kids club & mini cinema, and the world-class Spa Tranquility (additional fee). Certificate provides accommodations for up to three rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $125 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–Jan 3 & Feb 1–24. Air must be purchased at the time of booking for stays Dec 21-Jan 3 & Feb 1-24. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2019. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans, as they have access to all airline fares and availability.

Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $2,700
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

 

Palm Island GrenadinesSM

Palm Island Resort, Grenadines;
7 to 10 Nights of Accommodations. ADULTS ONLY. For up to Two Rooms Double Occupancy
An exclusive, 135-acre private-island hideaway, situated near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, offers 5 dazzling white-sand beaches, sumptuous dining, non-motorized water sports, nature trails, tennis, fitness center, free-form swimming pool with waterfall, and spa treatments. Adults only. Certificate provides accommodations for up to two rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $140 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–April 15. Air must be purchased at the time of booking for stays Dec 21-Jan 3 & Feb 1-24. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2019. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans, as they have access to all airline fares and availability.

Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $3,000
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

 

Los Establos PanamaSM

Los Establos Boutique Inn, Panama; 7 Nights of Accommodations for up to 3 Rooms, Double Occupancy
With panoramic views of the Baru Volcano, the suites at Los Establos Boutique Inn, winner of TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Award 2013, are quiet hideaways with regional motif and artwork. Open the door to your private patio to let cool mountain air refresh you. In the evening, stroll along the paths of the hotel’s adjoining coffee plantation, and enjoy a coffee on the terrace overlooking the lush gardens. Certificate provides accommodations for up to three rooms for 7 nights and is subject to a required supplement of $115 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining and beverages and 1 activity per day (Note: Activity not provided on day of arrival/departure). Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability.  All travel must be completed by December 20, 2019. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans, as they have access to all airline fares and availability.

Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $3,000
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

 

The Club Barbados Resort & Spa, Antigua; 7 to 10 Nights of Accommodations, for up to Three Rooms, one bedroom suite accommodations
The Club Barbados, located on the prestigious platinum west coast of island offers guests an adult only experience. There is plenty to enjoy with spacious accommodations, three freshwater swimming pools, water sports, two dining options, tennis, fitness center, spa, piano bar and lounges. Certificate provides accommodations for up to three rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $125 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–Jan 3 & Feb 1–24. Air must be purchased at the time of booking for stays Dec 21-Jan 3 & Feb 1-24. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2019. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans, as they have access to all airline fares and availability.

Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $2,400
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

 

Pineapple Beach Club, Antigua;
7 to 9 nights  of Accommodations. Adults only, for up to Two Rooms Double Occupancy
The simple, unadorned pleasure of the Caribbean await at the adults-only Pineapple Beach Club, Antiqua. Set on 30 acres of tropical paradise, with a spectacular quarter-mile white sand beach, two freshwater swimming pools, non-motorized water sports, comfortable accommodations, three dining options, tennis, fitness center & more. Certificate provides accommodations for up to two rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $120 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–Jan 3 & Feb 1–24. Air must be purchased at the time of booking for stays Dec 21-Jan 3 & Feb 1-24. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2019. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans, as they have access to all airline fares and availability.

Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $2,100
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

 


Let us do the bidding for you!  Call 914-737-7878 ext. 0 to be set up with your own personal bidding representative. Telephone bids will be honored until Tuesday October 24, 2017 at 12:00 Noon EST.   The winner is responsible for shipping costs; pick-up is also available.  All items will be available to bid on the night of the event, October 26, 2017, so be sure to place your highest bid with your representative, who will bid in increments up to your highest bid. Payment information in the form of a credit card will be collected at the time of your bid, but the payment will not be processed unless yours is the winning bid on October 26, 2017. If you are the winning bidder, we will notify you by email or phone, charge your credit card for payment and make arrangements for shipping or pickup. Additional payment for shipping will then be charged.


Thank you to all of our donors for these fantastic items. We truly  appreciate your generosity and wonderful support.

Alpha Direct Agency, LLC & Emmanuel I. Osuyah
Andy Blan
George W. Carmany III
American Cruise Lines
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum & Kristin Greenaway
Classic Harbor Line & Scarano Boat Building
George Dow
Dr. William Dudley
Elite Island Resorts
Global Terminals &  John Atkins
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Kobrand Corporation and Mario Sorio
John F. Lehman, Jr.
Maine Maritime Museum
McAllister Towing and Transportation Co., Inc.
Leonard Mizerek
Model Ships by Raymond Guinta
William G. Muller
Mystic Seaport  & Stephen C. White
New York Yacht Club
Patrick O’Brien
Ronald L. Oswald
The Quarto Group
Sailor Bags
Ships of Glass, Inc. & Don Hardy
Howard Slotnick
H.C. Bowen Smith
South Street Seaport Museum & Capt. Jonathan Boulware
Southport Silver & Nancy Prisk
Sparkman & Stephens
Star Kay White & Benjamin Katzenstein
David Vietor
William H. White

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Crucial Victory on Lake Champlain – 11 September, 1814

Crucial Victory on Lake Champlain – 11 September, 1814
America’s Second War for Independence (1812 – 1815)

The War of 1812, also known as America’s Second War for Independence, was a contest to see if a free, republican form of government could survive.  Read about Commodore Thomas Macdonough’s Crucial Victory on Lake Champlain on this day in 1814.

 

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September Seminar – U Boats in the Bahamas with Eric Wiberg

The National Maritime Historical Society
presents
“U-Boats in the Bahamas” Seminar and Book Signing
with Author Eric Wiberg
Saturday, 23 September 2017

Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Continental Breakfast & Registration at 10:30 AM; Lecture at 11:00 AM

Please join us as author, maritime attorney, historian and avid sailor Eric Wiberg presents his book U-Boats in the Bahamas, the never-told story of the 112 German and Italian submarines that sank 130 Allied ships in World War II in the Bahamas area where the author grew up. Merchant mariners heroically put themselves in danger as they performed the critical task of moving the military and civilian supplies vital to ultimate victory. Book signing will follow.

The Public is invited. Please contact NMHS at 914-737-7878, ext. 0, or email NMHS@seahistory.org if you plan to attend. A $5 to $10 donation is appreciated. After the lecture, NMHS will host a luncheon—$25 prepaid with cash bar. Reservations required.

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Jim Moores to Publish Moores’ Log on NMHS Website

Jim Moores founded Moores Marine in South Florida in 1986 after building commercial fishing boats and dories in Lubec, Maine. One particularly cold winter, he came to Palm Beach County with a box full of tools and learned he could make a pretty decent living repairing and restoring wooden boats built by the old masters of American yacht building. Since then, the company has been designing restorations from the ground up of classic and antique boats—including the eighth presidential yacht, Honey Fitz, a 1930 93′ Defoe that served as the private yacht of Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

A member of the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers, Trumpy Yacht Association and Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Society, Jim has established quite a following for his Moores’ Log, a regular newsletter read eagerly by maritime and history enthusiasts alike. Jim has agreed to publish his insightful, intelligent and quite amusing newsletter as part of a regular feature on our own www.seahistory.org website.  Here’s Jim’s first log in 2015:


 

 Dear Friends,

My last letter took you on a journey to the West Coast and back. Well, this month is no different. My wife, Margaret, had a lecture series in D.C., so when she asked me if I would like to join her I looked at my bags that were still packed from the Washington/Oregon trip and then added a few new things and we were out the door. I have a few friends up there that I really wanted to see.

The first was Paul Johnston. We met a few years back and have kept in contact ever since. Paul is a little older than me and at first glance you might think he is a boring middle-aged man, but he is far from that. His title is curator of the Smithsonian’s Natural Museum of American History. He loves diving and was involved in the “Cleopatra’s  Barge”, built in Salem, MA in 1816, the first American yacht on record that sunk on April 7, 1824 in Hanalei, Hawaii. This is such a great story I could not do it justice. Paul wrote an article about it called “Million Pounds of Sandalwood” that can be easily found on the web.  Paul gave me a behind-the-scenes look at one of our greatest treasures. From installing two early steam locomotives with cranes during the construction of the building to the “USS Philadelphia”, a Revolutionary War boat from 1775, one of the gun boats of the American Revolution which sunk in The Battle of Valcour Island. The water was so cold and deep I was amazed at how well she was preserved.

Paul told me that another one of these ships was found quite a while back and she has been left down while new preservation techniques are being perfected. I guess they have achieved success and she might see the light of day soon. We meandered into the blueprint archive room as he rattled off names of the designers. John Gardner stood out. We slid open a case and there were these amazing illustrations of the blue-nosed schooner, which were used for a book. Below that was one beautiful hand drawn original after another.  Then he showed how they digitalize them for preservation and printing. Now, this might sound a little boring, but it wasn’t.  I was amazed as to the great details taken to preserve American history. Paul is not your average curator; he rides a motorcycle year-round to work and then back home. I said “rain” he said “rain coat”. Ok, that was easy. “Cold” was replied to with “heated suit”. Then I thought I had him – “seeing out in rain and snow!” he smiled and said “Rain-X and an extra pair of shoes in my desk!”

Paul is still a very active diver as well as writing and running one of the greatest museums in the world. After lunch we headed down to the “Sequoia”, the Mathis Trumpy, 1925. We were met aboard by Capt. Matt Vilbas; young and enthusiastic, he has big shoes to fill. There are still things that are being resolved and the “S.S. Sequoia” has been in a holding pattern. She is charting on the Potomac and is still docked at Gangplank Marina. Paul has never been aboard, so this was my way of thanking him for such a great day. The yacht served from Herbert Hoover, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford and Carter before being sold. There are great photos of moments in time that shaped our history on board. There is a lot of her history online.

Margaret’s and my social schedule was full, staying with Margaret’s brother Chris Zehren and his wife, Andrea, my cousin Liz Moores, and then Maldwin Drummond, a yachting friend that spends his time between Florida, D.C., and Maine. Maldwin, who loves classic yachts, has owned many through the years and shares his passion of restoring and using them. We met at the Chevy Chase Country Club for lunch. Enjoying a great glass of Pinot Noir, our conversation revolved around what was coming.

Back in Florida we had launched “Aurora II” preparing for Ocean Reef’s Vintage Weekend. Last fall, in backing out of a slip, a log that was lodged under the boat came into the prop and shaft. It made such a noise that I thought the transmission had blown up. Then the massive log floated out. I knew then that the prop was mangled. Well, it bent the inside and outside shafts as well as the aft shaft strut. The “Aurora” was leaking a little, but I have run her on one motor and we were busy, so I held off on hauling her out until this past August. What a mess it was! Almost everything was bent. We straightened and replaced so much it was a major running gear refit. The good news, however, is that the “Aurora II” is running smoother than ever, kind of like sipping bourbon on the back deck on a hot day (personally I am not a bourbon man, but I have always liked that expression).

Ocean Reef’s Vintage Weekend. Each year I really look forward to that date: the first weekend of December. Coming right out of the shipyard to head to the show we wanted to take the ocean down to Key Largo, but the wind was blowing 20+ knots out of the North and there were white caps everywhere. Instead we traveled the ICW all the way to Biscayne Bay, “Aurora” making great time as the sun went down. We were nearing Angelfish Creek when thunderstorms and nightfall came upon us and we decided to anchor and go through the cut in the morning. We found a spot that looked good and dropped the hook. The wind was still blowing, so I decided to sleep in the main salon. Just as sleep filled my eyes I decided to take one last peak – much to my surprise when I sat up it looked like I was looking into someone’s living room. We weren’t aground, but just seconds away. Waking Capt. Sabin, we fired up the motors, hauled anchor, and headed to Pumpkin Key. In the morning the sky had cleared and bright daylight was all around. We pulled anchor and slid through the creek, cutting through the emerald waters with the bright sun reminded me of the Bahamas, it was a good day.

After tying up and starting to get “Aurora” cleaned, I saw this beautiful long, sleek, dark blue hull with a varnished cabin slide effortlessly through the water. The name on her was appropriate: “Stiletto”. The next day there would be a lecture on design by Halsey Hersoff about his grandfather’s yacht company. It was a very interesting slide show with interwoven movies. “Stiletto’s” predecessors were built of steel and steam powered originally designed for the Navy in the late 1800’s. You know a great speaker because when he’s done he leaves you wanting more instead of falling asleep. There were a total of three speakers and they spoke about such a wide variety of subjects throughout the weekend.

Steve White spoke of one of his restorations; then there was a lecture about “Glacier Girl”. She was a Lockheed plane that crashed on a glacier in Greenland and buried for more than 50 years under 260 feet of ice. It was 10 years from start on the ice to finish with the plane flying today; there is a great video on YouTube, “Saving Glacier Girl from World War II.”  Between that and all the other stuff it was a very full and fun weekend. On Sunday the seas calmed and I got some great photos of “Blue Mist” and “Shirean” just off Ocean Reef. Trying to get them to slow down was the hard part, but I finally got a few good ones of the two together.

The 1917 Consolidated (“Blue Mist”) shot off like a rocket; Owner and captain, Alan Zwickell was taking the waterway while Lou Jezdimir’s “Shirean” and my “Aurora II” would take the ocean. Lou headed to Ft. Lauderdale and Capt. Alan and I headed back to North Palm Beach. There were cruise ships headed out of Port Everglades as we passed. Lou’s “Shirean” was dwarfed like a small dingy as he passed the last one coming out. The sun was setting and the full moon was rising, the sky was clear, and as I laid on the couch in the main salon I had one thought: life is good. The sea cleanses our mind and soul, and with the calming sounds and rocking of the ocean I felt at peace.

Now that I am back we are finishing a caulking project down in Ft. Lauderdale. Rigging a Rhodes yawl and finishing a project for Mike Rybovich. In North Carolina Nate has a Huckins 58’ built in 1973 and named “B.F.B.” and a major refit on a New York Launch and Engine Company, 60’, built in 1914 named “Grace”.

Each year I try to give back to our community of classic yachts, this year is no different. I am proud to help start the Palm Beach Vintage Regatta Feb. 20-22. The idea is simple – bring classic yachting back to the Palm Beaches with the support and blessing of the city and local businesses. I am excited that it really is going to happen. We are even investigating the return of the Palm Beach Cup, which would be a vintage powerboat race. For this year we have the city docks with planned events from coffee and croissants at the Green Market to cocktail parties and dancing to the wee hours in the morning for the young at heart. Take a look at pbregatta.com and come be a part of something great in the making.

I want to end this letter with thanks to all my close friends and family; to the people that believe in us and trust us with their beautiful boats. The biggest thanks are for all the wonderful people that work with us and make it all possible. My final thanks are to friends that read the Log and smile and think to themselves “that crazy guy.”

Till next time,
Jim Moores

 

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Washington Awards Dinner Art Gallery 23 April

A Chance to Invest in Great Marine Art – AND Support
the National Maritime Historical Society
and the Naval Historical Foundation

This year, six nationally renowned marine artists will exhibit their original works at the Maritime Art Gallery at the Washington Awards Dinner, Thursday, 23 April at the National Press Club. Here’s a preview—and a chance to purchase a painting ahead of the event. Best of all, 25% of the purchase price will benefit the Society and the Naval Historical Foundation, and is a tax-deductible contribution! The Society is grateful to Charles Raskob Robinson, a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists and its former president, for chairing the Marine Art Gallery. For more information and to order your painting, call (800) 221-NMHS (6647) Ext. 0, or email nmhs@seahistory.org and support the Art Gallery today!

 

1. WAD 2015 Chong Morning Fog

Morning Fog

by Hiu Lai Chong
Oil on Linen, Framed, 18” x 24”
Price: $2,300

 

2. WAD 2015 Chong Sunset Race

Sunset Race

by Hiu Lai Chong
Oil on Linen,  Framed, 24” x 24”
Price: $3,500

 

3. WAD 2015 Egeli_Martha_on_the_Rails

Martha on the Rails

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Mounted on Panel, Framed, 9” x 12”
Price: $950

 

4. WAD 2015 Egeli_Hurry_South

Hurry South

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Mounted on Panel, Framed, 9” x 12”
Price: $900

 

6. WAD 2015 Egeli Alone Out Front

Alone in Front

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Framed, 8” x 16”
Price: $1,200

 

7. WAD 2015 Egeli Cisne Branco

The Cisne Branco Entering Baltimore Harbor

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Framed, 8” x 10”
Price:  $800

 

9. WAD 2015 Rindlasbacher Oars n SailsOars and Sails

by Peter Rindlisbacher
Oil on Canvas, Framed, 16” x 20”
Price: $3,400.

 

 

11. WAD 2015 Storcj Squally Day Painitng only HR

Squally Day on the Chesapeake – SOLD!

by William Storck
Oil on Panel, Framed, 8” x 10”
Price: $3,200

 

Moonrise by William Storck

Moonrise

by William Storck
Oil on Canvas, Mounted on Wood Panel, 22 kt Gilded Frame, 5” x 7”
Price: $1,800

 

10. WAD 2015 Silver Heel Robinson

Stepping Out on the Silver Heel

by Charles Raskob Robinson
Oil on Canvas, Framed, 18” x 24”
Price: $4,500

 

Flying the Red Kite on the Silver Heel

Flying the Red Kite on the Silver Heel

by Charles Raskob Robinson
Oil on Canvas, Framed, 17” x 26”
Price: $7,500

 

13. WAD 2015 O'Brien Washington 1910

Washington, D.C. 1905

by Patrick O’Brien
Oil on Board, Framed, 8” x 12”
Price: $3,000

 

USS Chesapeake on Patrol by Patrick O'BrienUSS Chesapeake on Patrol

by Patrick O’Brien
Oil on Canvas, 16” x 20”
Price: $3,500

 

5. WAD 2015 Egeli Out to Sea

Out to Sea

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Framed, 9” x 12”
Price: $950

 

U.S. Gunboat SCORPION in the Battle of Cedar Point, 1814

U.S. Gunboat SCORPION in the Battle of Cedar Point, 1814
by Peter Rindlisbacher

Oil on Canvas, Framed, 18” x 24”
Price: $3,600.

 

Solitude by William Storck

Solitude

by William Storck
Oil on Wood Panel, 22 kt Gilded Frame, 8” x 10”
Price: $3,200

 

Lettie G Howard by William Storck

Lettie G. Howard

by William Storck
Oil on Linen, 9” x 12”
Price: $3,400

 

 

You can purchase these original paintings by calling (800) 221-NMHS (6647) Ext. 0 or by emailing nmhs@seahistory.org.  Purchased works will be displayed as SOLD at the 23 April, 2015 Washington Awards Dinner and can then be picked up or delivered. (Shipping is included in the purchase price.)

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