Heyday of sailing vessels chronicled in Sea Grant/Cooperative
NARRAGANSETT -- August 11, 2000 -- Sea stories from the heyday
of maritime commerce tell of the drama and the daily drudgery of moving
goods up and down the coast. Sailing vessels were the workhorses of this
activity, and many of these vessels were built in mills along the Pawcatuck
The vessels, the crews that sailed them, and the industry that built
them are the subjects of a historical slide-lecture to be presented by local
historian Dwight C. Brown, Jr. on Wednesday, August 23. The presentation
runs from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Coastal Institute auditorium at the University
of Rhode Island's Bay Campus, South Ferry Road, Narragansett.
"The Pawcatuck River Navy" chronicles the glory days of commercial
sailing with accounts of whaling expeditions, freighting, and passenger
transport in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. Brown will share
pictures, news articles, and other memorabilia he has gathered through years
of research and collecting.
This is the third in the summer community lecture series sponsored by
Rhode Island Sea Grant and the URI Cooperative Extension/ Food Science and
Nutrition program. Presenting Narragansett Bay from unusual vantage points,
these monthly lectures may take you to the backyard grill or to an underwater
wreck to offer a little of the taste, the history, and the adventure of
Narragansett Bay. Upcoming topics include an underwater archaeology tour
of the bay.
All lectures are free, but seating is limited, so reservations are required.
For reservations or more information, please call the Sea Grant Communications
Office at (401) 874-6842.
Contact: Tony Corey, (401) 874-6844
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