June 25, 2017 – America’s Cup Race Live Feed, BBQ and Lecture

Join us for an event to celebrate the America’s Cup Race from Bermuda. We will have a live feed of the event along with a BBQ and lecture by Andrew Wilson, historian, sailor, and librarian at the New York Public Library. Mr. Wilson will speak on the history of the race and it’s connection to Staten Island. Here is a sample:

The Island’s shipyards provided maintenance and last minute modifications to the competitors going back at least to the Canadian challenger Countess of Dufferin in 1876 and continuing on until 1920 when the last races were held in New York Harbor.

Shamrock IV Comes to SISCO Drydock. Advance, July 22, 1920.

Daily Advance headline July 22, 1920 announcing the arrival of both  Resolute and Shamrock IV at the Staten Island Shipyard Co. docks in Port Richmond.

Americas Cup repairs at the Staten Island Shipyard.

1920’s defender and challenger in the dry docks at Port Richmond.  Port of New York Annual. Port Richmond had been a work site for America’s Cup boats dating back to 1876 when the British challenger Countess of Dufferin had her hull modified and painted there.  Shamrock II is known to have had her sails fitted out at Tompkinsville and likely had hull work done at Port Richmond in 1901.

Here is a link to Andrew Wilson’s blog with more information about Staten Island’s link to the America’s Cup: Defending America’s Cup 1870-1820 Part I and Defending America’s Cup 1870-1820 Part II

Click here to register and purchase tickets for this exciting event: June 25th America’s Cup Race, Lecture and BBQ


July 23, 2017 – The Introduction of the Fresnel Lens into the USLHE

James Risk of Lexington, SC will be here to discuss the history of the Fresnel lens and its arrival on America’s shores in the mid-19th century.  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Museum.

More information to follow.

August 5, 2017 – Saving America’s Light Stations, a Thirty Year Retrospective

As part of our 7th Annual Lighthouse & Lightship Recognition Weekend, Wayne Wheeler, President of the United States Lighthouse Society will give us his unique prospective on lightships. His talk will be at the museum 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. There is free admission for this event. For more information, click here: 7th Annual Lighthouse & Lightship Recognition Weekend

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