I was pleased to hear from long time Sea Breezes reader Brian Hill- Samuel that in May 2014 he attended the National Maritime Day event at the USMMA.
The Academy observed this special day with a brief ceremony and a celebration and ribbon cutting of a new exhibit “Remembering the 142” at the adjacent Merchant Marine Museum with opening remarks by Joshua M Smith, PhD, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Humanities US Merchant Marine Academy and Interim Director of the Merchant Marine Museum.
The “142” refers to cadets, who died at sea in WW2 during their last year at the Academy.
There followed a talk by “Braving the Wartime Seas” by Mr G Ryan, Chairman of the Maritime History Project as a tribute to the Cadets and Graduates of the USMMA who died during WW2.
Mr Hill-Samuel was the guest of Prof Joshua Smith who is author of Borderland Smuggling: Patriots, Loyalists, and Illicit Trade in the Northeast, 1783-1820, which explores smuggling on the Maine-New Brunswick border and won the John Lyman Award in American Maritime History in 2007. In 2009 he published Blockhouse and Battery: A History of Fort Edgecomb as part of that historic site’s bicentennial, and Battle for the Bay: The Naval War of 1812, which explores dimension of maritime warfare off New England’s coast.