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

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SCI Digital Archives Launches New Site July 19, 2012

Explorers need not climb into a dusty vault to view objects from New York’s maritime history at the Seamen’s Church Institute. A new, easy-to-use online interface allows anyone to access more than... More...

SCI and the Merchant Marine during WWII, Part One: 1939-1941 July 6, 2012

United States merchant mariners played a crucial role in securing victory for the Allied forces during the Second World War. SCI’s archival records bear witness to their valuable contribution and... More...

Merchant Marine Mural at 25 South Street June 6, 2012

For many years, a mural depicting the crucial role of the US Merchant Marine in the 1944 Normandy Invasion hung in the lobby of SCI’s headquarters at 25 South Street.

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SCI and the Titanic: Safety at Sea April 12, 2012

by Johnathan Thayer, Archivist The sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, became an international news story even before actual details of the event emerged. The speed and force with which the... More...

SCI and the Titanic: 100 Years Ago March 26, 2012

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Read how then, as now, North America’s largest mariners’ service agency extended a helping hand to mariners in the wake of... More...

SCI’s "Flying Bridge" March 19, 2012

by Johnathan Thayer, Archivist Maritime Education During Word War II Here in the archives, the latest “project in progress” consists of a series of oral history interviews with veterans of the... More...

SCI's Health & Wellness Clinics February 1, 2012

by Johnathan Thayer, Archivist The post-WWI shipping slump of the 1920s meant more sailors out of work and “on the beach,” a problem that only got worse with the 1929 stock market crash and the... More...