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SCI Archivist Johnathan Thayer reflects on his experience last summer on board the Charles W. Morgan, a restored 19th-century whaling ship. More...
  • An Interactive Historical Timeline of the Seamen’s Church Institute May 13, 2015 Founded in 1834, SCI’s historic records detail the development of maritime commerce in the City of New York from early days. An online photographic timeline created with Prezi opens the vaults of SCI More...
  • An “Archival Intervention” January 30, 2015 Archivist Johnathan Thayer told 2015 American Historical Association conference attendees about the importance of SCI’s Oral History Project. More...

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Living History at Sea: Recording Oral Histories on the SS John W. Brown November 14, 2014

SCI Archivist Johnathan Thayer found a living testament to the proud history and tradition of American merchant mariners who sailed during World War II.

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The Sinking of the SS Marine Electric September 8, 2014

Retired mariner Gene Kelly shares his harrowing story of surviving the sinking of one of maritime history’s most notorious ships.

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Seafarers and the Thirteenth Amendment July 29, 2014

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 a reform contingent that included SCI.

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The “Softer Side” of Seafarers May 13, 2014

Newspaper cuttings from SCI’s archives reveal the truth about seafarers of yesteryear.

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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... More...

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...