Sea History 161 - Winter 2017-2018

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Thou Shalt Knot: Clifford W. Ashley: A new exhibition at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, now through June 2018. The exhibition displays Clifford Ashley’s personal collection of knots and knotwork, which was donated to the museum in 2016 by Ashley’s daughters. Many of the knots in the collection were used for the almost 7,000 illustrations in The Ashley Book of Knots, in print since 1944. Also at the museum is a permanent exhibit on New Bedford native Clifford Ashley, who, in addition to his work with knots, was an accomplished artist and illustrator. (New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA;

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Dr. Louis Arthur Norton is a maritime historian and frequent contributor to Sea History. He is the author of Joshua Barney: Hero of the Revolution and 1812 (2000) and Captains Contentious: The Dysfunctional Sons of the Brine (2009). He is a professor emeritus of the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.

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