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Mystic Seaport Stories

I wanted to let you know about a new campaign we’ve launched in conjunction with Mystic Seaport.

I help operate a blog for Mystic Seaport, Mystic Seaport Stories and after seeing your site, I thought you might be interested our first video story which features the restoration of the Charles W. Morgan. We will be launching a new video every other Thursday at 10am EST.

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Bow of the Charles W. Morgan, a whaling ship.Joel Sartore

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On Board the Morgan explains whaling, a major industry in the 19th century, in a way that upper elementary students can understand easily. David Littlefield, the on-screen narrator is interesting and engaging. His discussion is illustrated by a modern-day tour of the Charles Morgan whaling ship at Mystic Seaport and features video made in the early 20th century of whaling aboard a wooden whaler. Some of these early video clips are from Down to the Sea in Ships (1922), and others are from footage identified in the credits of the documentary. On Board the Morgan is not a political statement, but merely records a way of life from early American history. This documentary quotes passages from the novel Moby Dick to give the spirit of the whaling voyage.

Mystic Seaport.  Around Cape Horn.

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Willkommen zum Seeerbe-Projekt

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As of 1997, individuals from every country in the world have visited the site, 75% of visitors were from the United States; the remaining from the U.S. Government (including U.S. Military), educational institutions and other non-profit corporations, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Thailand, India, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, the Faroe Islands, the Russian Federation, etc.

Additional information about The Maritime Heritage Project is here: About The Project

Please ask questions via eMail: DALevy @ MaritimeHeritage.org

Various sources include Google Analytics, Urchin, Alexa.com. Please keep in mind that this is a one person project; these statistics were achieved through 15 years of focus.

  • Maritime Heritage Project Global Ranking: 2,133,061
  • United States Traffic Rank: 672,994
  • 422 sites linking in
  • 7,702 people have translated the site
  • Alexa Global Ranking of The Maritime Heritage Project: 2,133,061 out of a possible 466,848,493 Sites (or 1 trillion as reported by Bing).

The Maritime Heritage project is listed on major maritime search engines around the world, including maritime museum sites, shipping lines such as American President Lines, and merchant marine sites. The Maritime Heritage site is also used as a training/reference site by the San Francisco Maritime Museum and J. Porter Shaw Maritime Library in San Francisco. It is recommended to researchers by The San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch.

Your Heritage

Odds are your ancestors travelled by sea or via extensive overland routes during the 1400s, 1500s, 1600s, etc. No matter where you live now, the chances are great that you are from elsewhere.

Do you know how far back you go and from where?
Find out what your DNA says about you.
23 pairs of chromosomes define you. Through today’s DNA testing, you can bring your ancestry to life.

Find out what percent of your DNA comes from populations around the world, ranging from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and more. Break European ancestry down into distinct regions such as the British Isles, Scandinavia, Italy and Ashkenazi Jewish. People with mixed ancestry, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans will also get a detailed breakdown.

Ever wonder who’s related to you? You’ll likely discover dozens or even hundreds of people who share DNA and ancestors. The matches you’ll get can range from close family to distant cousins.

Preserve your family’s history by highlighting names, dates, events, and more. See if you can gather data from newly found relatives to fill in the missing branches of your tree. If you already use a family tree service, you can easily import your tree.

Genetic testing for genealogists has gone mainstream, with costs plummeting as private companies refine their techniques and improve the accuracy of results. For as little as $99, anyone can order a do-it-yourself kit that comes in the mail, then submit their spit for analysis and receive results within six weeks.

Genealogy hobbyists liken the quest to track their family tree to a scavenger hunt, laden with clues, surprises and dead ends. For some, a snippet of genetic material has helped confirm a specific family tie or provide new leads when a paper trail has run cold. Others have blown up ancestral land mines along the way, shredding oft-repeated family stories or discovering a notorious distant relative.

Recently, scientists used the technology to confirm the identity of a skeleton buried beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, as King Richard III, who died in battle in 1485. The scientists matched the bones to two living maternal-line relatives, according to the University of Leicester, which conducted the analysis along with radiocarbon dating and a skeletal exam.

Closer to home, not everyone is excited about the DNA technology, as some remain cautious about privacy or simply don’t see the need. But for others who are adopted or are trying to explain a gap in their family tree, the tests may provide a crucial breakthrough, experts said.

“I think a lot of people find it of use to them, personally, especially if they are searching for a form of identity they are able to uncover in this way,” said Noah Rosenberg, associate professor at Stanford University’s Department of Biology and expert in evolutionary biology and genetics.

“Many people have a missing relative or have a parent die young and are searching for some kind of connection,” he said. “We see a significant trend where African-Americans are searching for some understanding of the populations from which their ancestors originated from Africa.”

There are no federal regulations that govern the direct-to-consumer ancestry tests, said Hank Greely, a Stanford law professor who specializes in the ethical, legal and social implications of new biomedical technologies. Basically, both state and federal regulation only cover tests sold or done for health purposes.

Popularized in recent years by its use in high-profile criminal investigations and paternity cases, DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid, is most commonly used to prove a relationship to an individual.

New tests created in recent years, however, have also turned DNA into a popular tool for determining ancestry. As DNA is passed down from one generation to the next, some parts remain almost unchanged, while other parts change greatly. This creates a link between generations and it can be of great help in reconstructing our family histories. While it can’t provide you with your entire family tree or tell you who your ancestors are, DNA testing can:

  • Determine if two people are related
  • Determine if two people descend from the same ancestor
  • Find out if you are related to others with the same surname
  • Prove or disprove your family tree research
  • Provide clues about your ethnic origin
Genetic testing.
Genetic Testing

DNA tests have been around for many years, but it is only recently that the cost of genetic testing has finally come down into the realm of possibility for the average individual interested in tracing their roots. It is now possible to Map your global origins with the most complete coverage of your DNA. through home DNA test kits which can be ordered through the mail or over the Internet.

They usually consist of a cheek swab or mouthwash to easily collect a sample of cells from the inside of your mouth. You send back the sample through the mail and within a month or two you receive the results – a series of numbers that represent key chemical “markers” within your DNA. These numbers can then be compared to results from other individuals to help you determine your ancestry.

America’s Lighthouses

The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Lighthouses
The Fyddeye Guide makes your travel planning easier by showing you hundreds of fascinating lighthouses you can visit today on the east coast, Great Lakes, Gulf Coast, and the west coast, including Alaska and Hawaii. From remote islands in Maine to the metropolises of southern California, you’ll discover the towering historic structures that have inspired travelers for millennia. You can get close to virtually all America’s lighthouses, and many allow you to climb to the top and stay as long as a month in historic buildings.

  • More than 750 lighthouses, conveniently organized by coastal region and state
  • Brief histories and complete contact information, including website, email address, and phone
  • Three maps with suggested itineraries for discovering lighthouses in New England, Michigan, and California
  • Notes on whether you can stay overnight on the lighthouse grounds, possibly in the keepers’ historic quarters
  • Chapters on lightships and historic life-saving stations, including availability of overnight accommodations
  • More than 40 images of lighthouses from coast to coast

With a foreword by leading New England lighthouse photographer Jeremy D’Entremont.


America’s Lighthouses

 


Books, DVDs, Postcards, Puzzles, Paintings, Water Bottles, Mouse Pads . . . Right: Lighthouses of North America: Beacons from Coast to Coast by Sylke Jackson, a freelance writer with a BA cum laude in Literature from Yale University. Her passion for architectural preservation has led her to work on historic buildings in this country and abroad. Jackson teaches high school English and writing. She also races Lightning sailboats on the Hudson, and always keeps a grateful eye on the lighthouse at Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Seagoing Pirates

Seagoing pirates have pillaged and plundered ships and coastal villages throughout history — from Vikings to 14th and 15th century ships owned by the Kings and Queens of Spain, England, Holland and France to 17th and 18th century raiders who pillaged Spanish galleons. Today, a series of attacks off the Horn of Africa has shown that piracy can still be highly profitable as well as dangerous.

In Somalia, a country of grinding poverty and internal chaos, the pirate economy is an extension of the corrupt free-for-all that has raged on land since the central government imploded in 1991. It has turned the waters off of Africa into the most dangerous shipping lanes in the world.

Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government, the internationally recognized but relatively impotent authority based in the capital, Mogadishu, has little influence over the pirates. Neither do the traditional, clan-based militias that still operate in these areas but cannot afford the weaponry or manpower now fielded by well-financed pirate gangs.

The United States Navy has asked ship owners to stick to designated shipping lanes when passing through the Arabian Sea, where in the past few years, Somali pirates have hijacked hundreds of ships from a sailboat skippered by a retired British couple and rusty fishing trawlers to a 1,000-foot-long supertanker owned by the Saudi government. The pirates have netted hundreds of millions of dollars from the hijackings, money that they often reinvest in weapons and men. They have attacked ships as far away as Sri Lanka, more than 2,000 miles from home.

On October 23, 2009, a British couple was slowly edging away in their boat from Mahé, the main island in the Seychelles archipelago, for Tanga, Tanzania, the beginning of a two-week passage across the Indian Ocean. The wind was pushing them farther north than they’d planned to be. With no ships or land in sight, the Chandlers’ 38-foot sailboat, the Lynn Rival. Two skiffs materialized out of the murk, and when 57-year-old Rachel Chandler swung the flashlight’s beam onto the water, two gunshots rang out. Within seconds, eight scruffy Somali men hoisted themselves aboard, their assault rifles and rocket-propelled-grenade launchers clanging against the hull. 61-year-old Paul Chandler activated an emergency beacon, which immediately started emitting an S.O.S., and then went up on deck. The men stank of the sea and nervous musk, and they jabbed their guns at the Chandlers. The Chandlers would be held for the next 388 days. In the past few years, loosely organized gangs of Somali pirates, kitted out with Fiberglas skiffs, rusty Kalashnikovs and flip-flops, have waylaid hundreds of ships — yachts, fishing boats, freighters, gigantic oil tankers, creaky old Indian dhows, essentially anything that floats — and then extracted ransom in exchange for their return.

One has to love the British pluck . . . after the Chandlers were released, they continued their around-the-world sea journey and, of course, wrote their story: Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Pirates and the New York Times Wesley Allsbrook illustrated Taken by Pirates for the October 2011 issue of the NYT Magazine.

The New York Times of October 2012 reported that the standard operating procedure is to swarm a vessel with a bevy of skiffs, each packed with armed men, gain control of the ship, steer it back to a pirate base and then demand a ransom from the ship’s owner, the families of the crew or both. Often the ransom money literally falls from the sky. The favored way of making payment is to drop a brick of shrink-wrapped cash from a small plane and let it drift down by parachute to the pirates.

Now, a report from Maritime Propulsion,” January 9, 2013:

Somali Pirates Use RPG to Attack Ship: 12 Arrested

EU Naval Force French Frigate ‘Surcouf’ and NATO Warship ‘USS Halyburton’ work together to apprehend twelve pirate suspects.


A merchant vessel sailing 260 miles off the Somali Coast in the Horn of Africa, made a distress call, reporting that she was coming under attack by six men in a fast moving boat, armed with rocket propelled grenades (RPG). Thankfully, having employed avoidance tactics, the merchant vessel was able to escape the attack.


Upon hearing the distress call, NATO warship USS Halyburton, operating as part of NATO’s counter piracy operation – Ocean Shield, on patrol 80 nautical miles away, launched her helicopter and was able to quickly locate a suspect boat – which was by now towing another vessel, with several men on board. (In October 2013, Captain Phillips, the movie starring Tom Hanks depicting this operation was released.)

EU Naval Force (EU Navfor) French Frigate Surcouf, operating as part of the EU’s counter piracy mission – Operation Atalanta, made best speed to the area, as a German EU Navfor Maritime Patrol Aircraft kept watch overhead.

Upon arrival, and in full cooperation with the NATO warship, the boarding team from Surcouf boarded the two suspect vessels and apprehended twelve men in total. All twelve men are currently being held on board for evidence collection in order to fully assess the possibility of legal prosecution.

In a recent press conference held on board Surcouf during her port visit to Port Victoria, Seychelles, the Commanding Officer, Commander Hugues Lainé stressed the importance of not lowering the guard towards piracy, as the threat remains, despite the drop in pirate attacks during the past year.

Africa Political Map.

The Ship’s Store. News. Questions.

Welcome

歡迎到海遺產項目

Onthaal aan het Maritieme Project van de Erfenis

Bienvenue au projet maritime d’héritage

Willkommen zum Seeerbe-Projekt

Καλωσορίστε στο θαλάσσιο πρόγραμμα κληρονομιάς

Benvenuto al progetto marittimo di eredità

海上相続財産のプロジェクトへの歓迎

Boa vinda ao projeto marítimo da herança

Добро пожаловать к морской проекту наследия

Recepción al proyecto marítimo de la herencia

Click on the image to purchase your copy.View over San Francisco looking Northeast over the Bay

As of 1997, individuals from every country in the world have visited the site, 75% of visitors were from the United States; the remaining from the U.S. Government (including U.S. Military), educational institutions and other non-profit corporations, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Thailand, India, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, the Faroe Islands, the Russian Federation, etc.

Additional information about The Maritime Heritage Project is here: About The Project

Please ask questions via eMail:  DALevy @ MaritimeHeritage.org

Various sources include Google Analytics, Urchin, Alexa.com. Please keep in mind that this is a one person project; these statistics were achieved through 15 years of focus.

  • Maritime Heritage Project Global Ranking: 2,133,061
  • United States Traffic Rank: 672,994
  • 422 sites linking in
  • 7,702 people have translated the site
  • Alexa Global Ranking of The Maritime Heritage Project: 2,133,061 out of a possible 466,848,493 Sites (or 1 trillion as reported by Bing).

The Maritime Heritage project is listed on major maritime search engines around the world, including maritime museum sites, shipping lines such as American President Lines, and merchant marine sites. The Maritime Heritage site is also used as a training/reference site by the San Francisco Maritime Museum and J. Porter Shaw Maritime Library in San Francisco. It is recommended to researchers by The San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch.

Seafaring Films for the Family

Blue Planet.

Blue Planet:
Seas of Life
(Five-Disc Special Edition)

David Attenborough

Producer Alastair Fothergill and his team from the BBC put together one of the most breathtaking explorations of the world’s oceans ever assembled: The Blue Planet: Seas of Life. The film is the winner of two Emmy Awards and is the definitive exploration of the marine world, chronicling the mysteries the deep in ways never before imagined.

The Little Mermaid.

The Little Mermaid


(Two-Disc Platinum Edition)

Master and Commander.

Master And Commander

Based on a series of books by Patrick O’Brian, and directed by Peter Weir, “Master And Commander” plunges viewers deep into the story of a British Navy ship at sea during the Napoleonic war.

Master and Commander (Movie Tie-In Edition)

Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef (IMAX)

The Great Barrier Reef unveils the most colorful and diverse undersea world ever seen. Viewers will be taken on a breathtaking journey through the largest coral reef system on the planet, stretching over 1,400 miles along the east coast of Australia. Experience the beauty of the reef while learning about its colorful and often dangerous inhabitants and their remarkable interrelationships. This spectacular film opens an unparalleled window on this beautiful and fragile world. Like most of our incredible reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is suffering from overuse and carelessness.

Dive travel.

Dive Travel Belize Home of the Famous Blue Hole

Belize is known for its ancient Maya ruins, beautiful rainforest, magnificent barrier reef and wonderful miles of cave system. This film takes you to Lighthouse Reef Atoll, one of four coral atolls in the Caribbean and home to two World Heritage Sites; Halfmoon Caye and Blue Hole National Monuments, both managed by the Belize Audubon Society. Blue Hole was first made famous by Jacque Cousteau and has since become one of the most popular dive destinations in the world.

Coral Reef Adventure.

IMAX: Coral Reef Adventure [Blu-ray]

Liam Neeson.
CORAL REEF ADVENTURE offers a breathtaking look at the picturesque scenery of the South Pacific. With a combination of awesome underwater cinematographers and oceanographic experts, this is an intriguing look at some of the coral reef and ocean bed that surrounds the tropical islands. Some of the reefs are slowly eroding, so this is an important historical document of sights that are sadly not destined to be around forever.

Muppet Treasure Island.

Muppet Treasure Island
Kermit’s 50th Anniversary Edition


Legendary Pirate Movies:

  • Captain Kidd
  • The Son Of Monte Cristo
  • Long John Silver’s Return To Treasure Island

Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

(Two-Disc Special Edition)

Atlantis – The Lost Empire

Belial is an evil man advising the royal family of Atlantis, who is discovered by a courageous princess to be attempting to gain God-like controls over nature. Will she be able to stop him before he destroys their entire world?

Old Fort at San Juan del Sur?

Hello, I’m looking for any kind of information about a fort located in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Supposedly it was built in the 1850′s during the Gold rush and Vanderbilt’s transit route through Nicaragua.

Do you have any records of this fort? Can you point me where to look for this? Here in Nicaragua nobody knows about this fort, it is just there, no history at all!

Thanks for your time,

Saludos, Javier Baldovinos M.

Editor’s Note: So far the only thing I’ve found is a reference to Castille Viejo and a reference to an old fort without naming that fort. I’ll look when I next go into San Francisco for research.

Daily Alta California, September 18, 1851

“I understand it is the intention of the company to have the steamer in future come down to this rapid (inland on the San Juan River). This rapid is much the largest of the three, but is not, in my opinion, as bad as several on the Chagres river, and we got through it without the least trouble. The second rapid bears the name of Castillo Viejo — old castle — a fort standing on the shore, and the rapid is supposed to have been made by the Spaniards throwing stores and munitions in here at the time of Lord Nelson’s attack upon the country; it is certain he was not able to pass this point.

New York Daily Times, November 3, 1851

. . . Quiet however was soon restored and continued to reign until the arrival at Chagres on the 18th ult., of the Oregon’spassengers. The next day, a native boatman who carried off some passengers to the Cherokee was attached . . . The next morning all was perfectly quiet . . . at about eight o’clock a large number of nataive boats had crossed the river, unsuspicious of any danger, to take off passengers to the steamer . . . a murderous fire was opened upon them, with guns and revolvers, by the American boatmen, assisted by man of the Californians . . . Presently there was a cry of “At castillo” and hundreds of them hurried up the hill to the old fort.

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

San Juan Del Sur, Sunset, Nicaragua
Jane Sweeney

Jewish New Year, San Francisco

Daily Alta California, September 20, 1857

JEWISH NEW YEAR. (Tishrei 1, 5617)

Of all existing enlightened nationalities and forms of faith, the Jewish are undoubtedly the oldest. The nations and creeds of Hindostan and China may claim an equal or even greater antiquity, but they belong to heathenism and semi-civilization. We speak of the Jewish “nationality,” and a nationality they have. Without a political dominion or country of their own, scattered throughout all the four quarters of the globe, they still claim to be the chosen people, preserve their separate character, and look forward to the time when, in accordance with their sacred prophecies, they shall again be collected and reestablished in the kingdom of Israel.

It is a remarkable and unexampled fact in the history of the world, that the Jews alone of nations handing down sacred books from remote antiquity, have in all their wanderings and wide – dispersions, preserved as a living tongue the language in which their Scriptures were originally composed. Believers in other creeds have original gospels in dead languages; only the Jews hare preserved the original tongue of their prophets.Every church claims to have a superior holiness; to be the “only saving” church; to possess the exclusive, or least peculiar, favor of Heaven; and such claims the Jewish church make. This claim is founded, not on the supposed force of the evidences for their faith only, nor even principally, but rather on the letter of the Scriptures, as interpreted by them. They cite a vast multitude of passages, among the most prominent of which are the following words of the God of Israel, addressed to the greatest of the prophets and kings:

“Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of ‘priests and an holy nation.” Exodus 19:6

Mount of Olives, Jerusalem.

Mount Of Olives, c. 1900

“I will establish my covenant between me and thee [Abraham] and thy seed after thee, in their generations, for an everlasting covenant.” Genesis 17:2“My covenant I will not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” Psalms 89:34.

Under these and similar prophecies, they claim to be the chosen and peculiar people of the Deity, recognized by Christians as well as themselves; and feel themselves bound to remain faithful and obedient to the law of Moses and the creed of their fathers. This faithfulness and obedience implies an observance of certain ceremonies, as well as the reception of the ancient faith. Among these ceremonies, those of this week and the next hold a prominent place — the ceremonies of New Year’s Day and the Day of Atonement.

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During the Reign of This King of Judah
An Ancient Book of Judaic Law is Discovered
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We have, proportionately, many of the “chosen people” in our community, and they are now engaged in celebrating New Year’s Day, which began with the Jewish Sabbath, or Friday evening at sundown, and will continue till this evening at sundown— two days. The observances extend over two days, because in the lapse of ages, it has come to be a matter of doubt which of the two days it has become to be a matter of doubt which of the two days is the right one; so to avoid a dispute and be certain of commemorating the true one, both are held sacred. The day is the anniversary of the first Sabbath — of the completion of the creation, which is now, according to their traditional reckoning, 5617 years old.The day is observed by three congregations in this city — one at the Synagogue Emanu-El, on Broadway street, above Powell; another at the Synagogue Sherith Israel, on Stockton street, near Broadway; and the third at Musical Hall. We were present yesterday morning at the Synagogue Emanu-El, and propose to make a short notice of the manner of celebrating the occasion there–the manner being substantially the same in all the synagogues.The Synagogue is a large and well finished building, capable of furnishing seats, probably, for 600 persons on the main floor, and for 300 in the galleries. It was filled below with men, and above with women–the two classes remaining separate, according to the ancient usages. The men wore their hats, as they always do in the Synagogue and during worship, except the readers, who wear cloth caps of peculiar form. Near the centre of the Synagogue is a raised platform, or altar, which is occupied by the reader or rabbi, and is furnished with a desk and a sofa. At the end of the church nearest the east, is a recess, before which hangs a curtain of white satin, with a silver fringing. The desk on the altar and the rolls of the law, are also covered with white satin, which, however, is used only at New Year’s and the Day of Atonement. Within the sanctuary are the rolls of the law — the five books of Moses, written by hand, with a peculiar kind of ink, on a roll of parchment sufficiently long to contain the whole work. There are several copies of the law kept continually in this Synagogue, and brought out on important occasions. In front of the sanctuary bums the sacred lamp of olive oil, which is never permitted to go out. It has, of course, burned here for but a few years, but the light in the old Synagogue in New York has not been extinguished since it was first lighted in 1613.On the left side of the sanctuary sat Mr. Tichenor, President of the Synagogue; on the right, Mr. Samuel Marx, Vice President. On the altar was Mr. Messinger, the principal reader of the Synagogue on ordinary occasions, and Mr. Heller, the chief reader on this occasion. Mr. Levy and Mr. Tendler also assisted in reading during the day. At the side of the altar sat Mr. Steppacher, collector and general superintendent of the business of the congregation. At the southern end of the gallery was the choir, composed entirely of men, and on this occasion under the direction of Mr. Herold. A large number of the gentlemen in the congregation wore fringed white shawls or scarfs, with a blue (tripe at one side, which is in obedience to the following command in the law:

“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them to make themselves fringes in the borders of their garments, throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringes of the borders a thread of blue. And it shall be unto you for a fringe that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them.’”

The ceremonies for the New Year began, as we said, on Friday evening, and were resumed yesterday morning, at half-past 7 o’clock. They consisted, chiefly, of reading from the law, particularly those portions relating to this festival, and chaunts and prayers. About 10 o’clock in the morning, the rolls of the law were taken from the sanctuary with great solemnity. Upon one of the rolls was suspended a silver plate, about twelve inches wide and fifteen high, intended to represent the breast-plate of the high priest. The plate has various allegorical figures, and is ornamented with a pair of small golden tablet, inscribed with the Ten Commandments, and an open-fronted golden case, containing a number of small tablets, with mottoes suitable for the different sacred days — the proper tablet being placed in front for each day. From the sides of the plate hangs a chain, bearing three little shields, representing the great patriarchs and father of the people Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The rolls having been taken to the reader’s desk on the altar, were there opened, and a portion read, as is the custom on every Sabbath,” arrangement being made that the whole law shall be read through, consecutively, in the course of the year.’All the services are conducted in the Hebrew tongue. The reading, when done by a skillful and talented person, is very beautiful and impressive; the language being sonorous, and the modulation frequently sweet and melodious. In chanting the ancient liturgy, the congregation join in at times, responding to the reader; the whole congregation reads the prayers, standing meanwhile with their faces towards the sanctuary and the east. They never kneel during prayers, except on New Year’s Day and the Day of Atonement — and then seven times on each day, and but for a few moments at a time.Among the passages of the liturgy recited yesterday, was the following, in regard to the day:

“This day the world was called into existence; this day He causeth all the creatures of the universe to stand in judgment, either as children or as servants.”

And also the following, relating to their prophet.

“The inspiration of his prophets he gave unto his peculiar and glorified people.“Yet never hath, there arisen in Israel a prophet like unto Moses, who beheld the similitude of his glory.“A law of truth hath the Almighty given to his people by the hand of our prophet, the faithful of his house.“The Almighty will never change nor alter his law; for evermore there is none but his.”

This morning, at 11 o’clock, Dr. Henry will deliver a sermon, in English, in the Synagogue, upon the significance and importance, under the Mosaic law, of the celebration of New Year’s Day.

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By 1865 “about 4,000 Jews lived in San Francisco, working in the clothing, fur and dry goods trade, especially jewelry, crockery, shoes and soap. Virtually all of the merchants in the city are Jews.”By 1879, San Francisco’s Jewish population had reached 16,000. Many were respected for their business achievements and contributions to the city. However, San Francisco’s first “Elite Directory” was divided into two parts: 1) Gentile; 2) Jewish.

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Synagogues in San Francisco, California: Congregation Emanu-El (San Francisco, California), Congregation Beth Israel-Judea, Bush Street TemplePublications.

Beaux-Arts Synagogues: Temple Sinai (Oakland, California)Publications.

Resurrection of Historic Ship

Once Upon A Nuclear Ship

Once Upon A Nuclear Ship, a new documentary by filmmaker Thomas Michael Conner, tells the story of the NS Savannah, the world’’s first nuclear powered merchant ship that was once the diamond in the crown of the US merchant fleet.

Imagined by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1955 and built by the New York Shipbuilding Corp. in Camden, New Jersey from 1957 to 1962, the Savannah sailed the oceans of the world for 9 years before being taken out of service in 1971. In her brief lifetime she visited 77 ports of call hosting 1.5 million visitors and proved that a nuclear powered merchant ship carrying cargo and passengers was a viable option to smokestacks spewing soot and other contaminants into the air; she laid the groundwork for a future that never came to be.

The SS SavannahIt’’s a story best told by the men who “were there when it happened” and although many of these pioneering seamen have sailed into the sunset, Conner tracked down some key players and let them tell the story in their own words.

Conner was a member of the health physics (radiation protection) staff and was there from the day the reactor split it’s first atom then sailed on the ship until the end of 1964. The NS Savannah was the only merchant ship requiring a special department for the assessment of radiological hazards.

Once Upon A Nuclear Ship follows the Savannah through all of her trials and tribulations from the keel laying to her decommissioning and abandonment to her resurrection in 2006.

Today, the NS Savannah sits beside a dock in Baltimore, Maryland while a small group of passionate people led by Erhard Kohler and Jon Stouky of the US Maritime Administration are busy preserving the history and technological know-how that produced the Savannah in the first place. Stouky, like Conner, was involved with the Savannah since the New York Ship days in Camden and is currently the project’’s Nuclear Advisor. Future plans include using the ship as a Maritime Museum.

Once Upon A Nuclear Ship is being released on DVD through TCL Communications, Inc and is available on it’s own website http://nssavannahdocumentary.com. Future plans include making it available via download or streaming.

Contact: Tom Conner
517-546-9230
tom@nssavannahdocumentary.com

Publications About the Savannah


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