A barque, a brig, and a schooner... walk into a bar

A barque, a brig, and a schooner... walk into a bar

Tall ships are a part of our shared human history, and everyone knows that sailors tell the best stories. Join Erin Short of Tall Ships America as she discovers the people behind these iconic vessels and what it truly means to be a traditional sailor in a modern world. Every month, we sit down and get to know each other over a pint of beer or a cup of tea. Sea stories, inspiration, and a little bit of everything else.Just no shanties, please.

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April 30, 2021 32 min

In the past, tall ship sailors and maritime workers transcended race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality and until relatively recently the American maritime workforce was remarkably diverse. This week, historian Nic Hardisty  highlights some experiences, contributions, and facts about African heritage, indigenous American, female, and LGBT+ populations in America’s maritime workforce.

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Let's get our shanty on! We are rounding out shanty month with a super fun interview with the always game Captain Tom Kastle, historian, author,  singer, actor, captain of Great Lakes schooners, and raconteur.  
In this interview, we cover the history and different types of shanties that are sung around the world, with examples! Tom tells us how to train like a shanty singer, why you should always pack a book, and how everyone n...

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Nic kicks off our shanty-themed month by talking with Seán Dagher and Bénédicte Ouimet. Seán is a singer known for his masterful renditions of folk songs and shanties, for his iconic shanty and tavern performances in the Assassin’s Creed video game series, and his Shanty of the Week YouTube series, which has amassed over 300,000 views. Bénédicte is the accomplished music supervisor for Ubisoft Montreal and she was critical to the i...

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Welcome to season two! We kick off this season with Captain Jamie Trost, Port Captain for Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen, Washington.  While he had a less than auspicious start as a sailor, tall ships eventually proved too strong of a calling. We spend time in Japan, visit an algae graveyard in the Great Lakes, and learn that is no better place to be a sailor than in Baltimore, Ireland.

Ships mentioned: Adventuress, AJ...

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In our final mini-sode, Nic digs into the legend of Rough Bruin, a bear that served as an enemy combatant onboard the HMS Detroit. We learn about Rough Bruin’s exploits during the battle, and Nic speculates as to what Rough Bruin’s post-war life may have looked like. This episode features a special, albeit extremely brief, cameo by historian Shane Allan. 

Ships mentioned: US Brig Niagara, USS Porcupine, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, HMS ...

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March 4, 2021 30 min

It's the penultimate mini-sode! Our season two kicks off on March 19th.

This week, Captain Andy Ellers makes the case for Mary Poppins, modern hero;  and drops two poems into the conversation.  Erin gets really excited about showers at the airport.

Ships mentioned: Oliver Hazard Perry, Virginia, Mystic
Programs mentioned: Ocean Classroom Foundation, Maine Windjammer Fleet

Poems mentioned:
"'Tis the Set of the Sail" - o...

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February 18, 2021 10 min

It's the mini episode! Every Friday, Erin and Nic will be alternating interviews and history in these bite-sized episodes to tide you over until the season two premiere of the podcast on March 19th.

This week, Amali blindsides Erin with her answer to the question of what person or thing she would come back as.

Ships mentioned: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

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In this mini-sode, Nic looks into the women that braved the treacherous world of whaling in the 19th century, with a focus on Caroline Mayhew. Whether whalers' wives were on board by force or choice, they committed to their lives at sea and became some of the most well-travelled women the world had ever known. Ships mentioned: Essex, Warren, Powhatan

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February 4, 2021 9 min

 It's the mini episode! Every Friday, Erin and Nic will be alternating interviews and history in these bite-sized episodes to tide you over until the season two premiere of the podcast on March 19th.

This week, we learn that happiness for Steve Kielar is being on a deserted beach.

We're definitely noticing a theme to these happy places....

Ships mentioned: Matthew Turner, Seaward
Programs mentioned: Call of the Sea

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In this mini-sode Nic takes a look at Rhode Island's arsonous history in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Nic details a handful of incidents in which Rhode Islanders lashed out against British customs ships by protesting... and burning stuff. The lesser-known Providence Tea Party is discussed as well.

Ships mentioned: HMS Maidstone, HMS St John, HMS Squirrel, HMS Gaspee, Liberty/HMS Liberty

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January 21, 2021 8 min

It's the mini episode! Every Friday, Erin and Nic will be alternating interviews and history in these bite-sized episodes to tide you over until the season two premiere of the podcast on March 19th.

In this episode, MJ's greatest achievement makes Erin cry.

The hummingbird story referred to is told by Wangari Maathai and you can watch it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-btl654R_pY&t=2s

Edit: In this episode,...

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In mini episode #2, Nic Hardisty discusses the Africa Squadron, a United States Navy team tasked with shutting down the Atlantic slave trade during the 19th century. Nic pays particular attention to the USS Constellation’s encounter with slavers on the barque Cora. 

Ships mentioned: USS Constellation, USS Constitution, Cora, and Delicia. 

Further Reading:
 Africa Squadron: The U.S. Navy and the Slave Trade, 1842-1861 (Donald Canney)
 H...

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January 7, 2021 18 min

It's the mini episode! Every Friday, Erin and Nic will be alternating interviews and history in these bite-sized episodes to tide you over until the season two premiere of the podcast on March 19th. 

This week, happiness is a cabin in the woods for Captain Jamie Trost. 

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Join Erin as she explores the incredible life of Christopher Raymond Perry (father of naval heroes Oliver Hazard Perry and Matthew Calbraith Perry) with historians Shane Allen and Nic Hardisty in our season finale. Christopher's story has it all: murder, piracy, prison breaks, and a trans-Atlantic love tale- all before he turned 25 years old! Ships mentioned in this episode: USS, Trumbull, USS General Mifflin, USS General Green...

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Join Erin as she sails the seven seas with Nancy Richardson, Mariner Girl Scout, perpetual sailor, and keeper of our sail training legacy. 
We learn about her journey from art teacher to Marine Education Program Specialist with the Girl Scouts, and her family connection to Orville Wright. Nancy shares her practical advice for new (and seasoned!) sailors, and talks about her lifelong friendship with her heroes, Irving and Exy Johnson...

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Join Erin as she tries to scramble eggs in the Drake Passage with Mark Scibinico, Port Captain and Director of Maritime Operations at Galveston Historical Foundation  www.galvestonhistory.org
We talk about his journey from the kitchens of the Culinary Institute of America to how a tattoo convinced him to give ships a chance, kind of. We learn all about the tall ship Elissa, a ship that is as old as the Statue of Liberty, the unbeli...

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Join Erin as she  dives in the life and times of Hali Boyd, director of The Seafarer Collective (theseafarercollective.org) and founder of SEE BEE Consulting (seebeepdx.com).  She talks about leaving school at the age of 15 to train horses and how a random conversation at a party started her journey in the tall ships community.  We learn the challenges of navigating the commercial world as a woman in the maritime workforce and to n...

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 Join Erin as she talks to Captain Alex Peacock, current captain with Spirit of Bermuda www.bermudasloopfoundation.org and sometime captain with Tall Ship Lynx www.tallshiplynx.com. We discuss sailing to Cuba, where the barter system is alive and well, a furry first mate that spoke to dolphins, and the joy of watching students have their eureka moment. For those keeping track, this is the fifth time Erin mentions the Welland Canal....

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Join Erin as she talks to Captain Jill Hughes with the tall ship Geronimo of St. Georges School in Middletown, RI. www.stgeorges.edu We start in Buffalo, New York, and sail to Greenland, the Caribbean, South Pacific and the Mediterranean. Along the way, we discover that Captain Hughes does not have an aptitude for being a galley cook but will always give 100%. She discusses working with high school students on a 70' vessel and ...

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Join Nic as he talks to Keith Stokes about African heritage in colonial and early American maritime colonies, with a focus on Newport, Rhode Island. Keith explains how free and enslaved Africans contributed to the Atlantic maritime world, and the major differences between what slavery looked like in northern and southern colonies & states. Keith also addresses how Africans viewed fellow Africans, free and enslaved, that partici...

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