About the Museum
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2006 News & Events

Newsletter: Voyage Abstract - vol XXII, Issue II
(Fall 2006 - PDF format)

NEW! Maritime Industry Museum
Special Interviews Series
Interview with Max Rand '39 (MP3 audio file)

History of Ft. Schuyler
Training Ship Gallery
Museum "Slop Chest"

Membership Information
Directions to SUNY Maritime


Maritime Industry Museum Celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Homecoming

Saturday, September 16th, 9:45am - 10:30am
in the Hall of Honor Honoring its Founders

Captain Jeffrey W. Monroe
Rear Admiral Floyd H. Miller
John J. Hayes, '47
Erhard Koehler, '87

Please join us!

Maritime Industry Museum
Fourth Annual Fundraiser

June 10th, 2006

On a beautiful sunny spring day, a delighted crowd celebrated the Towing Industry and honored our own, Captain Harold A. (Hap) Parnham. A Towing Exhibit featured Tug Models of K-Sea Transportation, McAllister, Great Lakes Towing, Hornbeck, and general harbor tug models made by Al Rohr and Robert Mattsson. Also on display were pictures donated by Allied Transportation, Buchanan Marine, Crowley, Vane Brothers, and from distinguished maritime photographer Steve Munoz. Guest Speaker George Matteson, gave a wonderful lecture on the evolution of tugboats. Other exhibits included a slide show of tugboats of New York by Steve Munoz, and a power point presentation by Robert Hill of ocean tug barge engineering.

Captain Hap Parnham was honored for his many years of dedicated service as a volunteer to the museum. Captain Parnham was introduced by Captain McNamara, who pointed out that Hap, has been at the Fort since 1946; first as a MUG, then Professor of Navigation, and recently as a museum volunteer. A group of distinguished former cadets came to honor Hap including: Captains Ringleberg '61, McNamara '64, Parent '68 Thompson '64, Thompson '66, Sulzer '74, Moskoff '75, Ferrie '78, Sullivan '81. Also in attendance were former colleagues; Dr. Fred Hess, Captain George Previll, and Dr. Joe Hoffman (Maritime Colleges new VPAA); family, friends, and industry representatives.

The museum wishes to thank its generous corporate/individual supporters and Directors John Arntzen and Al Golden 'Oct. 46. John Arntzen and Al Golden volunteered countless hours putting together invitations, brochures, arranging food/provisions, music, and soliciting silent auction donations. Another successful event! This year's event supports the museum and its mission; preserving, protecting, and promoting the maritime industry.

General Slocum Disaster
Anniversary 2006

Saturday, September 23, 2006 - 11:00 am

Dear Slocum Friends,

This will be the first time in ten years that the museum has not held a memorial service in June, for the anniversary of the General Slocum disaster, in Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan, New York.

We have not given up the mission, but have decided to hold the memorial in September, which is the month of the centennial of the dedication of the Children's Slocum Memorial Fountain in the playground in Tompkins Square Park.We have been working on doing some restoration to the Fountain, and any donation for the work would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued interest and support in remembering the General Slocum disaster. Updates on the September dedication will be available here at the website. You will also receive information in the mail.

Frank Duffy
Executive Vice President
Maritime Industry Museum

Joe Gerson

The Maritime Industry Museum is saddened to report the passing of our good friend Mr. Joe Gerson '47. Mr. Gerson, provided sound advice, solid financial support, and is directly responsible for many of our museum exhibits. Arranging or providing opportunities for exhibits was his greatest gift to the museum and its lucky patrons; "Dazzle and Drab", "Hall of Honor", "Ship Models", "Training Ship Models", "Commodore Alexanderson Park (featuring the five-bladed wheel of the SS United States"), "Haven", are some of the many of his great contributions. We will all miss Joe; his endearing smile, uplifting demeanor, and passionate compassion for others. God Bless.


The Maritime Industry is...

much more than the deep-sea merchant fleet. It includes tug and barge operations, port and terminal operations, pilotage, freight forwarding, chartering, intermodal services, admiralty law, passenger and excursion services, Great Lakes and inland waterways shipping, shipbuilding and repair, naval architecture and marine engineering, seaman training, government programs and shipping, vessel classification, marine insurance, communications, recreational boating, kamagra and much more...

In New York State alone it is a $14 billion a year industry. It has contributed to the growth of the nation and the world. The development of modern transportation systems worldwide and economic globalization has been driven by the maritime industry, the transportation industry leader.

Come explore this fascinating world...

The Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler
State University of New York Maritime College Campus

Executive Director - Captain Eric Johansson

Administrative Assistant - Ms. Pat Perez
For information concerning Corporate and Individual membership, Donations, Gift Shop Purchases, or Museum Tours.

Curator - Mr. William Sokol
For information concerning Artifact Donations or Inquires.

Maritime Research Consultant - Captain James McNamara
For information concerning Maritime Research.

Links to related sites can be found at...

Maritime Museum
Internet Resources


Maritime College