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Seminar Series: COVID-19 with Dr. Sal Mercogliano – 27 February 2021

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Welcome & Lecture at 11:00 AM ET, Q&A to Follow

Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 100 registrants.  Seminars are free to attend, although we hope you will support the Series with a suggested $10 Seminar Guest donation. 

Join us as Dr. Sal Mercogliano explains COVID-19’s widespread and devastating impact on the world’s maritime industries.  NMHS trustee and chairman emeritus Clay Maitland, managing partner of International Registries Inc., which administers one of the largest ship registries in the world, will introduce the speaker.

In early February 2020, Japanese officials in Yokohama, Japan quarantined the cruise ship Diamond Princess of Princess Cruise Lines when it was reported that 10 passengers were experiencing COVID-19 symptoms on board.  In the days and weeks that followed, the entirety of the global shipping networks, from containerships to tankers and bulk carriers, were impacted by the pandemic.  The disruption by COVID-19 is the most significant event to hit the world’s oceans since the Second World War.

About the Speaker

​Dr. Sal Mercogliano is an associate professor of history at Campbell University in North Carolina and an adjunct professor for maritime industry policy at the US Merchant Marine Academy.  He is author of Fourth Arm of Defense: Sealift and Maritime Logistics in the Vietnam War.  Sal currently serves as vice president of the North American Society for Oceanic History, is a trustee-elect of the National Maritime Historical Society, and is a member of the Sea History Editorial Advisory Board.  A former licensed merchant mariner, he sailed as 3rd Mate onboard USNS Comfort during the Persian Gulf War.  He and his former USNS Comfort shipmate Ensign Kathy Anderson, now Lieutenant Commander Kathy Mercogliano, recently celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary.

Dr. Mercogliano has written several articles for Sea History.  His most recent, “Ships of Comfort and Mercy,chronicling the history of hospital ships, appeared in Sea History 171.  Sal wrote extensively about the Jones Act in Sea History 169, and in Sea History 161, he wrote about German ocean liners interned in American ports during WWI.


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