Sailors’ Series

The Sailors’ Series illustrated lectures presents a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea. The evening programs begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater, with a pre-lecture reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery.

Single Lecture: Members $15 / Non-Members $20
Series: Members $60 for all four / Non-Members $80 for all four



Thursday, February 26

No Ordinary Being: An introduction to the life and times of W. Starling Burgess

Llewellyn Howland III

Photograph of Llewellyn Howland III

A native of South Dartmouth, Louie Howland has written and edited many books on aspects of American maritime and yachting history. In his illustrated lecture, Howland will take the measure of Starling Burgess, no ordinary man, no ordinary designer. A dominant figure in 20th century yacht design and aviation, Burgess’s legacy endures today. He designed three triumphant America’s Cup defenders, scores of distinctive sail and powerboats, and held patents in many fields. His charm was as legendary as his genius, and his design output was as prodigious as his talent. Yet he battled morphine addiction and ill-health during some of his most productive years, was married five times, and never achieved the wealth and security of which he dreamed.

Click Here to purchase the book  No Ordinary Being: A Biography of W. Starling Burgess, Inventor, Naval Architect, Poet, Aviation Pioneer, and Master of American Design

Sponsored by: Luzo Auto Center 
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Watch the lecture titled No Ordinary Being on YouTube.


Thursday, March 19

Tales of the Buckrammer
John E. Conway

Photograph of John E. Conway

Author John E. Conway has been boating and sailing in New England waters since 1960. Conway’s lecture will feature accounts from his most recent publication, Buckrammer’s Tales, including ghost stories, near disasters, family boating misadventures and tales of buried treasure. His photo-rich presentation features a short history of the catboat and its importance to coastal commerce from the 1850's to the 1920's in addition to behind-the-scenes insights into several chapters from his new book. A meet-the-author book signing will follow the presentation with proceeds donated to the Whaling Museum. 

Sponsored by: Norpel

Watch the lecture titled Tales of the Buckrammer on YouTube.


Thursday, April 23

The Berth of a Metropolis: the Discovery and Analysis of the Late 18th Century World Trade Center Ship
A. Michael Pappalardo

Photo of A. Michael Pappalardo onsite

A. Michael Pappalardo is an Archaeologist and Senior Technical Director at AKRF, Inc., a New York City based environmental planning and engineering firm. While providing archaeological monitoring for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey during construction of an underground parking facility at the World Trade Center, Pappalardo and his staff discovered the remains of a late 18th century merchant ship buried beneath almost 30 feet of fill. His presentation will cover the ship's discovery, documentation, and subsequent analysis.

Sponsored by: Norpel


Thursday, May 7

The World of Ships in Miniature
Lloyd McCaffery

Photograph of Lloyd McCaffrey

Lloyd McCaffery has been working as an artist since 1963. He specializes in miniature ship models and miniature wood carvings.  His work is part of the permanent collection of Mystic Seaport, the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City, and the Museum of Yachting/IYRS. He will give an illustrated, behind the scenes look at the entire process of creating a work of art, from initial mental conception, to choice of media, tools, techniques, and aesthetic considerations.


Top Banner Caption: In this 1951 image, Y14, Beverly Yacht Club's Gadfly, leads her class to the finish. Photograph by Norman Fortier. 2004.11.4689

Last Modified: May 8, 2015