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Maritime Topic Lectures

Join us for a FREE virtual Lecture

Select dates at 1 p.m.

Love all things maritime? Join select Mariners’ Museum staff and experienced volunteers online from our Speakers Bureau for a free lecture series packed with energy, importance, and vastness of maritime topics and more.

 


Upcoming Lectures:


The Voyages of Columbus

October 14, 2020 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Ron Lewis, docent at The Mariners’ Museum

About the presentation:
He is credited for discovering the Americas in 1492, although we know today people were there long before him. His real achievement was that he opened the door for more exploration to a New World.  We know that in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. But what did he actually discover? Christopher Columbus (also known as Cristoforo Colombo in Italian and Cristóbal Colón in Spanish) was an Italian explorer credited with the “discovery” of the Americas. The purpose for his voyages was to find a passage to Asia by sailing west. Never actually accomplishing this mission, his explorations mostly included the Caribbean and parts of Central and South America, all of which were already inhabited by Native groups.
 
Columbus never made it to Asia, nor did he truly discover America. His “re-discovery,” however, inspired a new era of exploration of the American continents by Europeans. Perhaps his greatest contribution was that his voyages opened an exchange of goods between Europe and the Americas both during and long after his journeys. Despite modern criticism of his treatment of the native peoples, there is no denying that his expeditions changed both Europe and America.
 


Viewers are welcome to send Ron comments or questions, which he will answer following the lecture.


 

The Other Ironclads

October 21, 2020 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Dan Wood, docent at The Mariners’ Museum

About the presentation:
Almost everyone knows about the
Monitor and Merrimac (more correctly, the Monitor and Virginia), but many people know little of the 100 or more other ironclad vessels which served on both sides in the American Civil War. This presentation explores the fascinating and sometimes bizarre story of these largely forgotten ironclads, along with “tinclads,” “timberclads,” and other improvised armored craft.


Viewers are welcome to send Dan comments or questions, which he will answer following the lecture.

 

 

The Miniature Ships of August F. and Winnifred Crabtree

October 28, 2020 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Ron Lewis, docent at The Mariners’ Museum

About the presentation:
Among the jewels of The Mariners’ Museum Collection are the miniature ships of August F. and Winnifred Crabtree. From a primitive raft to a Venetian galleon decorated with 359 carved figures, the evolution of the sailing ship in three dimensions is depicted in an unparalleled display of craftsmanship. Around 1925, artist/carver August Fletcher Crabtree began this work, and with help from his wife, Winnifred, Crabtree created this extraordinary miniature fleet, completed in 1949. In 1955, the Museum became the fortunate recipient of this world class collection. Come along on this insider’s look into this gallery, a visit to the oceans and harbors of the world’s waters. And see, in 1/48th scale, the ships that wrote our history and enhanced our culture for thousands of years and brought man to the 21st century — the miniature ships of master woodcarver August Crabtree.

 



Viewers are welcome to send Ron comments or questions, which he will answer following the lecture.


 

 

Civil War Naval Operations in Virginia’s Waters

November 11, 2020 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Dan Wood, docent at The Mariners’ Museum

The battle of Hampton Roads, culminating in the well-known and misnamed fight between the Monitor and Merrimac (actually USS Monitor and CSS Virginia), is an important highlight of this presentation, but it also covers the whole scope of naval operations in our area, from the Virginia capes to Drewry’s bluff and beyond.



Viewers are welcome to send Dan comments or questions, which he will answer following the lecture.


 

 

The Hundred Year Race

December 9, 2020 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Dan Wood, docent at The Mariners’ Museum

More information about this topic and a link to online registration coming soon!