Sea History 093 - Summer 2000

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The American Neptune

AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINE MUSEUM NEWS On Wednesday, 23 February 2000, a retirement party was held for Frank Braynard. For 20 years, internationally known maritime historian, author, artist, and lecturer Frank Braynard was curato r and "propeller" of the American M erchant Marine Museum. Born and raised in the coas tal village of Sea C liff, Long Island, New York, Braynard made his first sketches of ships at age seven. A self-taught artist, he has since published four sketchbooks and has written more than 30 books on ocean liners. Frank has given hundreds of shipboard lectures on ocean liners of yes terday and today. Sti ll active on the lecture circuit, Frank and his wife Doris have traveled the world extensively by ship. His interest in promoting America's maritime heritage led Braynard to create and direct the first OpSail in 1964 and to follow that up with OpSail '76 and OpSail '86. Braynard was a founder of South Street Seaport Museum in Manhattan and, in 1982, established the National Maritime Hall of Fame at the American M erchant Marine Museum. Each ~~ year, the Hall of Fame honors distinguished mariners and ships. ~ Braynard never runs out of energy, enthusiasm and ideas for ~ promoting public awareness and interest in the role that ships ~ played in the development of America. In 1999, the Museum \i'. established the Frank 0. Braynard Award, given to a graduating 6 midshipman who has demonstrated "excellence in writing Frank Braynard about maritime hisro ry."

Enjoy the leading scholarly journal of maritime history and arts in the US . The American Neptune, a quarterly publ icati on of the Peabody Essex Museum, is a great read fo r co ll ectors, model makers , and all who love ships and the sea. We offer Sea History readers an opportunity to subscribe to The American Neptune fo r $33, a $6 savi ngs over our regular subscription rate ($36 for non-US resi dents . Institutions: call fo r rates). To start your subscription, send a check or money order to:

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This year one more honor will be besrowed upon this remarkable man. At the 19 June Co mmencement, Frank will receive an Honorary Doctorate from the US Merchant Marine Academy. T his is a firring tribute, ind eed, for a man who has dedicated his entire li fe ro promotingAmerica's maritime industry and its rich hi srory through his writing and his arr. -G INGER MARSHALL MARTUS

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