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CONTENTS 10 The National Maritime Historical Society Annual Awards Dinner, 2016, NMHS will recognize the contributions oftwo very special honorees this October and pay tribute to the late Peter Stanford, long-time editor ofSea History and president emeritus ofNMHS. 16 Peking is Homeward Bound, by Bill Bleyer After more than 40 years at the dock at South Street Seaport Museum in New York, the 377-foot Flying-P Liner Peking, madefamous in lrvingjohmon's mini-documentary Around Cape Horn, is preparing/or a voyage back home to Hamburg, where she will be restored and become the centerpiece for a new German Port Museum. 20 John A. Dahlgren-Lincoln's Seasick Naval Genius, by James H . Bruns As the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, the defense ofthe nation's capital fell to the lieutenant in charge of the Washington Navy Yard, John Dahlgren. A personal friend of President Lincoln, ~------------~ Dahlgren was a scientific and ballistics expert who would revolutionize gunnery for the Union. 26 Slave-ship Wrecked off Cape Town: The Slave Wrecks Project and the New National Museum of African American History & Culture, by Deirdre O 'Regan, wi th Fleur Paysour and Abigail Benson The archaeological investigation ofas/,ave-ship wreck site offCape Town provides thefirst opportunity ~~~-mi!~ for researchers to learn more about this difficult part ofour history through shipwreck remains. Some ofthe artifacts will be on disp/,ay at the opening ofthe Smithsonian's newest museum this fall. 30 Whales' Tales: Matthew Fontaine Maury and the American Quest for the Northwest Passage, by John Grady In the race to find the fabled Northwest Passage across North America, US Navy Lt. Matthew Fontaine Maury, superintendent ofthe National Observatory, collected mountains ofdata from the logbooks ofthousands ofwhalemen who sailed the world's oceans and recorded their observations on whales, weather, and currents, hoping to find clues that would lead him to it. 34 En Plein Air, by Neal Hughes Marine artist Neal Hughes discusses working "in the open air" and shows how the challenges of working outdoors in changing light and weather can pay offin the completed painting. 44 National History Day Prizes in Maritime History, Sponsored by NMHS This year's winners ofthe NMHS Special Prizes in Maritime History covered topics from Charles Darwin and Ernest Shackleton to the Panama Canal and the Lost Colony ofRoanoke; learn more about this annual event for middle and high school students and how NMHS encourages young scholars to pursue topics in maritime history for their entries. Cover: Skirting the Reef, 18 x 24 inches, oil, by Don Demers. (This painting can be viewed at the J7 'h National Exhibition ofthe American Society ofMarine Artists. See "D eck Log" on page 4, and "Marine Art News" on pages 38-39 for details on the exhibition.)
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