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On Records and Recognition: Follow Up on Women and Children Coastwise Mariners of WWII
SCI Archivist Johnathan Thayer examines a gap in historical records hindering the struggle of WWII coastwise mariners and one man’s attempt to bridge it. More...
  • August 1, 2016 Mapping New York City’s Sailortown SCI’s Senior Archivist explores the possibilities of combining the Institute’s archival record with other digital archives to learn more about the More...
  • May 16, 2016 SCI Awarded Maritime Heritage Grant SCI’s Archives department has received a grant from the National Park Service to map New York City’s maritime history in digital format. More...

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  • The Mysterious Tale of the Sir Galahad Figurehead April 27, 2011 Do You Recognize this Man?by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist Over the next month, join me as we explore the stories behind some of the artwork and artifacts from SCI’s collection. Sir Galahad has welcomed seafarers and visitors alike to SCI... More...
  • The Working Seafarer: Early Legislation March 29, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist Enlisting on a merchant vessel in the 19th century was a rough deal for the working seafarer. In exchange for the low wages offered to them, seafarers could encounter cramped living quarters, bad food, and... More...
  • Maritime Education: WWI to Simulator Training March 2, 2011 by Lauren Robinson, Digitization Assistant In February 1916, retired sea captain Robert Huntington headed up SCI's Navigation and Marine Engineering School. Instruction was given in nautical astronomy, navigation, marine engineering, mathematics,... More...
  • Knitting for the Seafarer: A 110-Year Tradition February 23, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist These days, the Christmas at Sea knitting program at the Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) delivers more than 19,000 handknit items for seafarers each Christmas season. (Keep updated with Christmas at Sea by... More...
  • 25 South Street: More Than Beds January 28, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist    On April 15, 1912, a delegation that included Mayor William Jay Gaynor laid the cornerstone of the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) new headquarters at the corner of South Street and Coenties Slip, a... More...
  • Digital Archives Provide Window to Past January 24, 2011 SCI publishes online collection of historic items from years of serving New York’s maritime community.    More...
  • Coenties Slip: A Hub for Shipping Industry January 19, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist It's the dead of winter, and the wind that lashes against the downtown docks is bitter cold. The planks of the moored boats in harbor moan with the coming and going of the icy chop. Some of the boats have... More...