New Year and Major Changes

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This year we have some big changes coming to our galleries.  In early December we closed Abandon Ship:  Stories of Survival, and a week or so later closed the Great Hall.  To make way for an awesome new exhibition about the America’s Cup that will be in the Great Hall, we had to move all of our beautiful ship models into the area where Abandon Ship was.

This area will then become our new Great Hall of Steam.  There will also be a few new models coming out to be displayed, including some of our smaller ones.  Our model makers will also be moving into a new space in this gallery.  All of this change has been interesting to watch as the Great Hall has pretty much looked the same since the 1930’s.   Read more

Way Back Wednesdays

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1952 exhibition space

Our first picture this month shows an old exhibition in 1953.  I’m not sure what the theme of the exhibition might be, but there are a number of lighthouse lenses displayed as well as part of the cockpit seat from Yacht America, the first winner of the America’s Cup.  For any of those that keep track, USA continued to hold onto the cup again last year in a nail-biting race.  America was designed by George Steers of George Steers & Co. and built by William H. Brown in 1850/1851.

A life-saving display in our courtyard exhibition in 1939.  The two little life-cars are still on display, one in our International Small Craft Center and the other in Abandon Ship.  Life-car’s were used to rescue people when a ship was foundering close to shore.  A line would be attached from the shore to the ship and the car would be pulled to shore with the people in it.  The hanging breeches buoy is also on display in Abandon ship.   Read more

A New Exhibit Washes Ashore!

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This life vest is representative of the first ever commercial version, and is now on display in the exhibit. From The Mariners' Museum Collection.

Hello again readers, and welcome back to the library blog! I have some exciting news for you today – there’s a brand new exhibit in The Mariners’ Museum Library, and it’s FREE to come look at!

The new exhibit is called “Illustrating the News: Shipwrecks in the Popular Press.” It follows the history of shipwreck imagery in newspapers and periodicals from the 1830s through 1912, a time before the widespread use of photography. Before this period, most publications didn’t have much imagery to accompany their stories. This exhibit covers the era when publications began using illustrated images to showcase the shipwrecks of the time, and didn’t always stay true to the reality of the situation. One can see dramatic illustrations of shipwrecks, rescue attempts and survivors, and the display includes panel text describing the artistic techniques the artists used to convey their message. There’s even a display with old lifejackets from the time period, one of which is made of cork!   Read more