Calendar of Events

2017 Monthly Lecture Series

Our Speaker Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month, from Sept. - April, at 7pm at the Mathews Maritime Museum

April 2017 - Raising the CSS Hunley | Clyde Smith, alias Dirk Pitt, Special Projects Director for NUMA, and Chairman of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, specializing in promoting Virginia underwater archeology and historic maritime preservation, will be the featured speaker at the April 19th meeting of the Mathews Maritime Foundation. Clyde Smith will tell us a bit about NUMA, The Sea Hunters, and the search for the Confederate submarine Hunley.

Clyde was introduced to Clive Cussler in 1980 during the search for the Hunley off Charleston, South Carolina. He joined NUMA as a trustee the following year and since that time has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world with Cussler and his band of merry men. He worked closely with the Sea Hunters television series. Sharing the job title filled by Clive Cussler's fictional hero, Dirk Pitt, Clyde is the Special Projects Director for NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency).

04/19/17, 7pm, Kingston Parish Hall. Free to public.
*Please note this is a Wed., and occurring at a different venue.




March 2017 - Ed Tillett will present an overview of his work on renovating motor vessel Adonia at the next Mathews Maritime Foundation Speaker’s meeting. His 60 foot 1947 John Trumpy & Sons diesel cruiser was launched in 1947 as contract #330. The vessel’s home port is now Urbanna, VA, after spending the past 40 years on Long Island Sound. Ed, his wife and various crew spent the summer of 2016 sailing over 1,200 miles in the Chesapeake Bay and south along the Intracoastal Waterway aboard Adonia. Ed’s presentation will recount the special places that they visited, a few harrowing experiences encountered along the way, and offer insight into why a 70 year old wooden boat feels right at home on Chesapeake Bay.

Ed is an award winning film and video producer, author and journalist.

03/16/17, 7pm, Mathews Maritime Museum. Free to public.




February 2017 - The book Braving the Wartime Seas is the subject of this month’s Mathews Maritime Foundation Speaker Series. Presented by the author, Tom Schroeder, it is a tribute to the Cadets and Graduates of the US Merchant Marine Academy who died in World War II, honoring the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Of the estimated 243,00 men and women who served in the Merchant Marines, it is estimated that 8,421 were killed at sea, as prisoners of war, or died from their wounds later on shore. German and Japanese submarines and aircraft sunk 1,768 ships during the war. Over 400 Cadet-Midshipmen were Kings Point survivors and they formed an exclusive club called the “Tin Fish Club.”

Mr. Schroeder, now retired, is a 1957 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, Long Island, NY, and served in the US Navy from Aug. 1957 to Mar. 1958.

02/16/17, 7pm, Mathews Maritime Museum. Free to public.




January 2017 - "Luna" Construction of an 18th century Bermuda sloop named “Luna” will be the topic as presented by Mr. John Collamore. He will describe the current construction of the “Luna” as well as the history of this “coastal workhorse” that at one time hauled goods from one port to the next and spread the day’s news. Collamore and crew intend to sail her to historic ports from North Carolina to Maryland “to be able to tell the maritime history of the colonies and the seeds of the revolution that led to our freedom.”

John Collamore , is one of seven founders and now president of the Colonial Seaport Foundation in Deltaville, VA, where he grew up sailing and started building boats.

01/19/17, 7pm, Mathews Maritime Museum. Free to public.




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