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World Oceans Day

June 6, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

World Ocean Day

World Oceans Day logoSince 2008, the United Nations has recognized June 8 as World Oceans Day. Around the world, museums, non-profit organizations, businesses, and everyday people celebrate the many ways that the oceans connect us all and explore what we can do to keep our waterways healthy.

Here at The Mariners’ Museum, we’ll be celebrating World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 6. Please join us for a special day filled with ocean-themed family activities, film screenings, guest speakers and other surprises! World Oceans Day events will be free with admission to the Museum.  

Speakers & Events

All speakers will be in the “café” area by the lighthouse, at the entrance to the Coffee exhibit. All activities are free with admission and do not require reservations. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

10:00 AM · Ron Lewis · The Voyage of Hermione

In the year 1780, the ship Hermione sailed from France to the United States, bringing with her the Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette helped our new nation to win its independence in the Revolutionary War, but his ship has been largely forgotten – until now. A brand new, reconstructed Hermione has just recreated Lafayette’s voyage, and is docked in Yorktown this weekend. Ron Lewis tells the history of this extraordinary ship, its recreation, and its 2015 voyage.

11:00 AM · Chet Van Duzer · The Ocean Before Columbus

For centuries, our oceans have been the source of legend, myth, and speculation. Before Columbus’ famed 1492 voyage, Europeans had no idea what was on the other side of the Atlantic. Chet Van Duzer, author of Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps, speaks about how Europeans grappled with the ocean and its mysteries in the days before Columbus.

12:30 PM · John Grady · Matthew F. Maury, Father of Oceanography

Matthew Fontaine Maury, the namesake of the lake here at The Mariners’ Museum, is often considered the Father of Oceanography. He served as a commander in both the US and the Confederate Navies. He established the United States Naval Observatory and Hydrographical Office. He charted the winds and currents of the oceans, as well as the migrations of whales, and helped give rise to modern oceanographic research. John Grady, author of Matthew F. Maury, Father of Oceanography will speak about the life of this extraordinary leader and scientist.

2:00 PM · Tyanne Faulkes · NOAA’s 21st-Century Oceanography

In the 21st century, the work of ocean exploration continues. Today, scientists are using fascinating new technologies to collect data both above and below the surface of our oceans. Tyanne Faulkes, a physical scientist with NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, will share how NOAA uses advanced sonar and other techniques to investigate our waterways.

4:00 PM · Dave Miller · Breathing Life into the Chesapeake: Of Oysters, Boats, and Men

Breathing Life into the Chesapeake is a fascinating film that tells the story of the men and women who work on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, raising and harvesting the oysters that end up on our plates. These oystermen are dependent up on the health of our waterways and on diligent management of the Bay’s oyster population. Join filmmaker Dave Miller for a special presentation of his film, and a Q&A session after the film ends.

ALL DAY – Crafts and activities that teach the importance of keeping our oceans clean and healthy!


June 6, 2015
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT


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