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Our traditional Change of Watch has to be celebrated virtually this year. We hope you will enjoy a glass of wine or beer with us all. Please use the chat function to congratulate officers or make any comments.
We have pleasure in offering you ‘Little Known Aspects of Long Island Sound Maritime History’ presented by author Bill Bleyer.
Join us for an evening with Bill Bleyer as we go through the least known tidbits from his new book Long Island and the Sea; a condensed version meant for boaters on LI Sound, including lighthouses, the islands of Block, Gardiners, Fishers and Long Island. He will touch on a wide range of topics including whaling, Captain Kidd, submarine testing, the steamboat Lexington disaster, the invasion by Nazi saboteurs, to name a few.Bill Bleyer was a prize-winning staff writer for Newsday, the Long Island daily newspaper, for thirty-three years before retiring in 2014 to write books and freelance for the newspaper and magazines. His work has been published in Civil War News, Naval History, Sea History, Lighthouse Digest and numerous other magazines, as well as in the New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Toronto Star and other newspapers. Bleyer graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in economics from Hofstra University, where he has been an adjunct professor teaching journalism and economics. He earned a master’s degree in urban studies at Queens College of the City University of New York.
For the Zoom link, please contact GreenwichSquadron@gmail.com We encourage you to buy the book. For personally signed copies costing $24, email Bill directly: Bill Bleyer To obtain on Amazon for the same price: Click here Our thanks go to our member Captain Joy Sherman for hosting this fine presentation. America’s Boating Club is a trademark of the United States Power Squadrons.
This presentation will explore the dramatic, but little-known naval activities on Long Island Sound during the American Revolution. Connecticut sent licensed privateers to intercept British ships, while other enterprising men, from both sides, engaged in smuggling banned goods. As 1777 progressed, the Loyalists continued to be pushed out of Connecticut and the Patriots were forced out of Long Island. Subsequently, the naval action on Long Island Sound grew more heated and intense. For most of the colonies, the Revolutionary War ended in 1781. But for the adversaries on both sides of the Sound, the fear and bitterness of war only intensified throughout 1782 and into 1783. Whaleboats were often used to carry out raids designed to steal goods and to kidnap and kill opponents. Mr. Hynes’s lecture will bring this action to life. Viewers will have a chance to ask questions following the presentation. Edward Hynes, CFA is a native of Wilton, CT. He and his wife have traveled extensively to various battlefields around the country and overseas. In addition to his interest in history, Ed is a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor in Westport, CT. _________________________ We thank our member Captain Joy Sherman for arranging this event. America’s Boating Club is a trademark of the United States Power Squadrons.
The Greenwich Historical Society is offering us a private presentation: ‘Revealing a Lost Shipyard: Childe Hassam and The Red Mill, Cos Cob’
Join Maggie Dimock, Greenwich Historical Society Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, for an illustrated lecture on renowned American Impressionist Childe Hassam and his ties to Cos Cob. Learn about the thriving art colony that grew around the 18th century boardinghouse run by the Holley Family and delve into the story behind one of Hassam’s earliest paintings, The Red Mill, Cos Cob. The Red Mill, Cos Cob depicts the distinctive red-painted buildings of the Palmer & Duff shipyard, where beginning in 1858 many of the fastest and best-known wooden sloops and schooners to sail on the Long Island Sound were built. To learn more click this link
We are pleased to announce the 2021 schedule for upcoming boating classes in the area. These will be given virtually until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Marine Navigation: Sat January 16 9am – 1pm for 7 weeks.–
Cruise & Cruise Planning: Sat January 16 1:30pm-5:30pm, for 6 weeks.
Weather: Sat March 6 1:30pm-5:30pm, for 5 weeks.
Safe boating Class for the CT boat and personal water class license will be given March 13 2021 – 9 am to 5pm
Marine Engine Maintenance: Sat March 20 9am – 1pm for 6 weeks.
AIS (Automatic Identification System) Seminar: Tues April 13 6pm for 2 nights
For all enquiries – and to register – please contact GreenwichSquadron@gmail.com. If you are not a member, and would like to take a class, we suggest you pay your $100 membership and then you can take any class at the members cost.