Retired Mariners

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...
  • 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” More...

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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...

Grant Expands Oral History Project July 18, 2013

New funding helps broaden SCI’s American Merchant Marine veteran oral history project

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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...

The Joseph Conrad Memorial Library November 30, 2012

Although entertainment options have evolved for men and women at sea, reading and writing centers have played a part in helping seafarers stay connected for years. In this article by High School... More...

US Merchant Marine Oral History Project Launches November 12, 2012

A new initiative to capture the stories of the merchant marine via recorded interviews launches on the SCI Digital Archives website.

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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 Honors and Remembers Mariners May 19, 2010

Participants placed a memorial wreath on the waters of the New York Harbor near the Merchant Mariners’ Memorial in Battery Park as part of SCI’s ceremony for National Maritime Day.

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