Seamen’s Church Institute-Speaker Series

Published by MM Editor on Wednesday, 11th July 2018 - 11:21AM

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Guest Speaker : Captain Sean Bercaw

Visiting Assistant Professor of Nautical Science at SEA Semester, Environmental Education in Wood’s Hole and at Sea.

Sean is the captain of ‘Tall Ships’ and Sailing Research Vessels, and is conducting a 25+ year Message in a Bottle project. Sean is also the Marine Projects Coordinator aboard US Antarctica Program Research Vessels and the scientific Navigator aboard E/V Nautilus.

April – October 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7pm

Free and open to the public

These lectures take place at 7pm in the Mariners’ Lounge of the Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, Newport. It will be open to the public without charge, though a suggested donation of $10 will help defray costs and fund the Institute’s outreach programs.

Seamen’s Church Institute was formed in 1919 to “provide work for the moral and mental improvement exclusively of all of those who are employed upon or in connection with the sea in any part of the world or upon the inland waters of the United States, including men in the service of the United States…”.

In 1930, the daughters of RI Senator and Mrs. George Wetmore funded the construction of a prominent brick, Georgian-styled building in honor of their parents. This building was designed by Beaux-Arts trained architect Frederick Rhinelander King. In 1984, Seamen’s was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This landmark building is the only original structure remaining on Market Square and is one of the few buildings on the Newport waterfront still being used for its original purposes.

Almost 100 years after its founding, the organization continues to offer services and support to those working on the waterfront, to visiting and local mariners, and to those in need in the community.

Ever adapting to changes in a developing waterfront, SCI’s mission today is “to protect, preserve and enhance the maritime culture of Newport and Narragansett Bay by providing education, hospitality and a safe haven for those who work, live and play on or by the sea.”

The building is open 365 days a year from 7am to 4pm and serves approximately 50,000 people annually.


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