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Jeanne Willoz-Egnor

Curator of Maritime History and Culture, Director of the Ifland Center for Exploration

Latest from Jeanne Willoz-Egnor

  • The Flying Bridge of Bratislava

    • Collections
    • Shipbuilding

    Learn about the history, design, operation, and use of “flying bridges” – ferries propelled solely by water flow!

  • The Remarkable Mrs. Captain McGuire

    • Collections
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Women's History

    In early 2019, an East Carolina University student, Jacquelyn Hewett, studied one of the figureheads in our Collection for her American Maritime Material Culture history class. The information she uncovered was enlightening and indicated that a change in the attribution of ship name was in order. While confirming her research, I uncovered the story of a wonderfully awesome woman I thought I would share with you!

  • Yacht America Builder’s Model Donated to Mariners’

    • Collections
    • Technology

    In 1850, in an effort to demonstrate American advances in shipbuilding to the world, a group of New York yachtsmen formed a plan to send a yacht to England to race against British boats. The task of designing the boat was given to George Steers, one of New York’s leading naval architects and the designer of the port’s fastest pilot boats.

  • I say Mortella. You say Martello.

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Military
    • Military Conflict

    Sometimes the quirks of technology can reveal something really interesting! While compiling a list of objects in our Collection related to submarines, our Collections Management System threw me a curveball.

  • A Pirate “Takes” a Wife

    • Collections
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Exploration

    As promised, here is the rip-roaring story of how Manolis Mermelechas, a pirate of Mykonos, Greece, “took” his wife (and I mean “took” literally, not figuratively!). Pay attention Hollywood…there’s a great plot for a pirate movie here!

  • A ‘Bucko’ No More

    • Collections
    • Cultural Heritage

    On ‘Talk Like A Pirate’ day in September 2019, we posted a message on Twitter showing a watercolor portrait of an ornately dressed man named “Marmalakè.”

  • Parthian and the Pirates

    • Collections
    • Cultural Heritage

    This week, while trying to identify prints in our collection that showed dghasa, a beautiful little craft native to Malta, I stumbled across a really interesting watercolor painted by Nicolas Cammillieri. The artwork is titled “H.M. Sloop Parthian Capturing a Spanish Pirate.” The computer record didn’t contain any information about the event depicted but I figured there must be an interesting story behind the artwork–and I was right!

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