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The 1897 Supreme Court case Robertson v. Baldwin inspired a national movement to bring regulation of the merchant marine into the modern era, led by More...
  • The “Softer Side” of Seafarers May 13, 2014 Newspaper cuttings from SCI’s archives reveal the truth about seafarers of yesteryear. More...
  • New York’s “Sludge Boats” March 17, 2014 SCI’s Johnathan Thayer reveals how mariners help keep New York sludge free. He talks with veteran mariner George Ilse, who says eventually he got used to the unpleasant smell carting the city’s waste More...

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The Case of the MV Dubai Valour January 10, 2014

During the fall of 2013, processing archival records of SCI’s Center for Seafarers’ Rights, Archives Intern Julie Zimmerman came across the Dubai Valour case—one of many instances in the Institute... More...

25 South Street: “Post Office of the Seven Seas” November 6, 2013

Before the advent of the Internet, old-fashioned snail mail kept seafarers in touch with loved ones at home, and thanks to SCI’s special post office, traveling mariners could receive messages no... More...

Sermons to Sea-Land September 8, 2013

Kings Point American Merchant Marine Museum Exhibition: “Sermons to Sea-Land: The Seamen’s Church Institute and the History of Maritime New York”

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Women and Children Coastwise Mariners of WWII July 31, 2013

During World War II, the United States counted on unlicensed mariners, including women and children, to transport materials for the war effort. In an interview with Archivist Johnathan Thayer, J.... More...

The Life Saving Benevolent Association of New York July 3, 2013

To researchers at the Queens College Libraries Department of Special Collections and Archives, SCI now makes available the records of the Life Saving Benevolent Association of New York (LSBA).

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What’s In a Name? A Closer Look at the Seamen’s Church Institute May 15, 2013

Read about the evolution of SCI’s name over its history.

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The American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial April 9, 2013

MA Student Ann Hilker from Parsons The New School for Design used materials from SCI’s archives to conduct research on the American Merchant Mariners' Memorial in New York’s Battery Park—a... More...