We sail in the wake of men before our time

This is an exciting time for the National Maritime Historical Society,

as we plan our future in the digital age and as we reflect on who we were 50 years ago,

what we have accomplished, and what our goals are for the next 50.

As we celebrate our half-century, we are also reviewing the forty-one years of publication of our flagship journal,

We sail in the wake Sea History, to revisit some of the early stories we’ve covered.

We can learn from our own history as a Society by studying the issues that motivated the Society’s founders to organize, and what challenges they tackled along the way.

In this 142″d issue of Sea History, we are featuring the story of our flagship, the barque Kaiulani.

The last American-built square rigger to sail around Cape Horn,

Kaiulani was the ship the National Maritime Historical Society was founded to save, and she is the ship represented in our logo.

Her history and the story of the effort to save her still have relevance today,

as we continue to keep the stories of our maritime heritage alive and the fates of so many other historic ships hang in the balance. In the summer of 1978,

our then-president Peter ” Stanford wrote, “We sail in the wake of men before ourtime,

” and it is a proud and challenging heritage they’ve left “” us. It is with that whole heritage that the National ,

Society is concerned: the watch turning out on “‘ a black night on icy seas to work the ship, the hard-learned skills of mastering a wild element to make a voyage,. .. and all the learning we have from man’s experience at sea .. .. Will you join us for our voyage into history?”

Today, the message is the same. We are still making that voyage into history, only, through the years, tens of thousands of you have joined us in the mission.

 At the end of the day, it is not the ships we have helped save, the maritime organizations we have founded, nor the events we have organized or the young people we have gotten out to sea that matters most, bur how you-our membershave joined us in the cause.

As members of NMHS and readers of Sea History, you have sought to further your own knowledge of our maritime history,

shared your knowledge and experiences, and, through our collective passion,

strengthened the voice of the maritime heritage community to ensure that this important part of our history is not lost to this and future generations.

The stories we tell are as varied as our heritage. Some are one-offs, and others have turned our to have recurring themes.

 In 1978, we featured an article on Captain Cook written by marine artist Oswald Brett, and in 2012 we featured a cover story on Os Brett’s life and art.

In Sea History 18, William Burgess penned the article,

“Sea Letter: Aboard the US Coast Guard Bark Eagle at Sea, June 1980,” where he commented:

“Think, these pictures are not 100 years old, but 100 days old, and from the decks of an American ship.”

 In 2011, our editor, Deirdre O’Regan, wrote a cover feature, “Crossing the Pond in Eagle.

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