Chris-Craft Exhibit Now Open

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Our latest exhibit is now open in the Library. American Classics: The First Half Century of Chris-Craft will be on display through May, 2014.

The legacy of Chris-Craft is rich in both tradition and innovation—the glossy mahogany hulls they built remain instantly recognizable as the epitome of classic pleasure boats. And with additional model lines that eventually included aluminum, plywood, steel, and fiberglass hulls—as well as kit boats and sailboats—there was a Chris-Craft designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of buyers around the world.   Read more

Secrets in the Stacks

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You may not have heard of him yet, but William Willis was one of the world’s original extreme sportsmen, a man driven by a relentless passion for personal challenge and an inexhaustible capacity for facing adversity. From carrying out an improbable rescue in the jungles of French Guiana to embarking upon multiple crossings of the Pacific on rafts of his own design, Willis’s escapades were worthy of the best adventure films and books. Willis was a tireless innovator, a truly unique and wildly eccentric adventurer, poet, and philosopher who would not be slowed by age or seemingly insurmountable odds.

Please join us in the Library at noon on Wednesday, July 6th, as we take a look at the Museum’s collection of William Willis’s papers—the photographs and correspondence provide a fascinating glimpse into the life and mind of a man for whom no price was too high to pay for the most dramatic seafaring adventures of the spirit.

Welcome Aboard!

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Hello and welcome to Port of Call, The Mariners’ Museum Library’s blog. Check in with us often to learn more about our world-renowned collections, find out about exciting events at The Mariners’ Museum and Library, hear the latest from the world of maritime research, and be among the first to see new acquisitions as they become part of our Library and Archives.

We hope that you will enjoy spending time with us and our collections, and we look forward to hearing from you!