NC Maritime Museum Associate Curator Benjamin Wunderly has developed some great educational programs for the 2016 Brown Bag Gam lecture series. These Gams (exchanges of news or ideas between passing ships) will cover topics such as the cold night the Crissie Wright came ashore and Beaufort’s Dolphins and information about the local sea turtle populations.
Running through May, the NC Maritime Museum hosts the popular programs at noon on specified dates and encourages guests to bring their lunch to enjoy during the program. The goal is to educate visitors and residents about North Carolina’s rich coastal history, environment and culture.
“The Brown Bag Gams are popular with visitors and locals alike,” Wunderly said.
The 2016 lectures will be presented by a variety of local professionals and experts in their fields. Presenters include David Moore, nautical archeologist and a member of the Queen Anne’s Revenge dive team, Natural Science Curator Keith Rittmaster and more. Admission to all of the Brown Bag Gam lectures is free. There is no advance registration and walk-ins are welcome.
The winter and spring schedule includes:
Cold as the Night the Crissie Wright Came Ashore (Feb. 17)
Why do locals still describe cold days as “cold as the night the Crissie Wright came ashore?” The three-masted schooner set sail from Baltimore on Dec. 31, 1885, 11 days later she would be stranded off the beach of Shackleford Banks. Only one survivor was plucked from the water as the temperatures that day dropped to below 20 degrees. Museum Nautical Archeologist David Moore will present the history of the Crissie Wright and his attempts to locate the wreck of the legendary ship.
Civil Air Patrol (Feb. 25)
Over the winter the NC Maritime Museum was proud to unveil a new exhibit telling the history of the Civil Air Patrol operations in North Carolina during World War II. During this lunch time program visitors will learn more about the patrol bases that operated in our state when the enemy was literally at the nation’s doorstep.
The Beaufort Dolphins (March 9)
Join Museum Natural Science Curator Keith Rittmaster for an informal discussion about the biology, behavior and conservation issues affecting Beaufort’s Dolphins. Bottlenose dolphins occur in Beaufort year-round but they’re not the same individuals and we’re learning a lot from photo ID research and stranding responses. Rittmaster’s presentation will include both information about the local population and some stunning images of dolphins taken in the area.
The Sinking of the Caribsea (March 16)
The North Carolina coast has been called the Graveyard of the Atlantic because of the hundreds of ships that have wrecked off the coast. This lecture will discuss the infamous wreck of the Caribsea. A casualty of World War II, this cargo freighter was sunk by a German U-boat off of Cape Lookout on March 11, 1942. Museum staff will give an informal presentation about the sinking of the incident.