Shipwreck and Salvation: The Wreck of the Prince Maurice 1657

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On the night of March 8, 1657, a Dutch ship, The Prince Maurice slammed into the coast of Fire Island with 129 souls aboard.  Ashore were Indigenous people who heard the ship crash.  They rescued the Dutch survivors from the icy beach following their laws to help fellow humans in danger.

Join presenters Toya Dubin, Project Director and Drew Shuptar-Rayvis Algonkian Historical Consultant for a richly illustrated presentation that includes 3D models, documents, and interactive maps.  The New Amsterdam History Center’s Mapping Early NY project (NAHC) uncovered correspondence and ship manifests to pinpoint the shipwreck.  And now this largely unknown story can be told thanks to a grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

This event is sponsored by the Library’s Nautical Advisory Council.  Light refreshments will be served.

Please note this will be an in-person only event.  You must reserve a seat in advance.  Registration opens on Monday, April 8 at 9:00 a.m. Please make sure to enter a valid email address.  Each registrant can register for 2 seats.