Seminar Series: The John Minturn Storm of 1846 with Thomas G. Clark
Register Here for the 6 November 2021 Seminar Series Live Zoom Event
Welcome & Lecture at 11:00 AM ET, Q&A to Follow
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Join us as author and New Jersey native Thomas G. Clark dramatically recounts the story of the “Minturn Storm,” a powerful nor’easter that hit the East Coast from the Carolinas to Maine for two days in 1846. The monster storm was responsible for sinking nine vessels, most famously the John Minturn, a three-masted packet ship en route from New Orleans to New York. The ship was carrying over $80,000 in goods and 51 passengers and crew. Mr. Clark will share the powerful personal narratives of many of the victims, including the captain and crew of the ill-fated Minturn. He will tell us about the aftermath of the catastrophe, which sparked poems, stories, and finally investigations that motivated Congress to pass laws to build structures for the storage of life-saving equipment along the New Jersey coast. These laws eventually led to the creation of the United States Life-Saving Service, which later merged with the US Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to form the US Coast Guard.
About the Author
Thomas Clark spent his childhood and youth surfing the Atlantic ocean. He is the author of five books and belongs to the Maryland Writers’ Association. He is currently CFO for Georgetown Law School.
For more information on Thomas Clark and his latest books and projects, please visit https://thomasgclark.net/.