Joseph Conrad

Nancie Villiers (1915–2018) Nancie Wills was born in Launceston, Tasmania, and grew up in Melbourne, Australia. She worked in an architect’s office and then moved to the UK and took a position as an assistant editor for a London publisher. She joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in 1940, and resumed acquaintance with mariner/author/photographer Alan…

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Larry Sowinski

The USS Intrepid is a 900-foot-long aircraft carrier commissioned by the Navy in 1943. The ship was stationed in the Pacific during World War II, at one time taking a direct hit from a Japanese kamikaze plane. She served tours of duty in World War II and the Vietnam War, and as a recovery vessel…

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US Navy

RADM Thomas J. Patterson, USMS (Ret.) 1924—2008 had a long career as a seagoing officer, a senior official of the US Maritime Administration, and as deputy superintendent of the US Merchant Marine Academy. However, it was the Jeremiah O’Brien, an old grey cargo ship launched in 1943 and a veteran of the 1944 D-Day invasion,…

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CAPT Christopher Allan Melhuish, USN (Ret.)  was the commander of the USS Constitution from July 26, 1997 to July 30, 1999.  In July 1998, the final bicentennial activity for Constitution and the U.S. Navy involved an international salute to Constitution from 19 tall ships and modern navy vessels from various countries. Melhuish also initiated a U.S. Navy-wide heritage indoctrination…

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Amistad

Warren Marr II 1916—2010 was a leading advocate for the preservation of African American history and culture for more than fifty years. Marr’s interest in the Amistad Event and in educating the public about its legacy led to the formation of Amistad Affiliates in 1988. In addition, Marr was a visionary for the creation of…

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vessel USCG Eagle

On 28 April 1978, construction workers in San Francisco’s financial district discovered the remains of the fabled ship Niantic. Abandoned in the Gold Rush in the city’s harbor, Niantic had been grounded ashore and used as a storehouse, until a fire destroyed most of the structure. The bottom of the ship and some of its…

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Vessel Romance

Captain Arthur M. Kimberly (1922–2011) Known as “Skipper” to all who sailed with him, Captain Arthur Kimberly and his wife, Gloria, sailed his brigantine, Romance, from 1966 to 1989 on voyages throughout the Caribbean and the South Pacific, and twice around the world. He trained hundreds of young seamen in the proper way of a…

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The Peking in full sail

Irving McClure Johnson (1905–1991) was an American sail training pioneer, adventurer, lecturer, and author. He is well-known for his 1929 voyage from Germany to Chile aboard a 345-foot, four-masted bark, Peking, that he captured in his classic film, Around Cape Horn. This black and white film follows Peking as she sails through a storm in…

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Jakob Isbrandtsen

Jakob Isbrandtsen (1922–2018) Jakob Isbrandtsen’s love for sailing and the sea permeated his whole life; what stemmed from that passion is his legacy. After serving in the US Coast Guard in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters in World War II, Isbrandtsen went into ship chartering, and then joined his father in the shipping business,…

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