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Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey Maritime Education Materials

Identifier: SCI-2016-009

Scope and Content

Includes materials related to SCI’s Merchant Marine School and its predecessors, the Navigational and Marine Engineering School and the Navigational School. Of particular note are registrar materials, correspondence related to the J. Hooker Hamersley and correspondence from the War years of the Navigational and Marine Engineering School, including a letter addressed to Rev. Archibald R. Mansfield from then Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, thanking SCI for providing free training to aspiring officers. Also included are correspondence, reports and course catalogs related to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Institute of Maritime and General Studies, which operated out of SCI’s headquarters at 15 State Street.


  • 1913-2003



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Historical Note

SCI’s Navigational School partnered with the New York Nautical College and the YMCA in 1914, reorganizing two years later as the Navigational and Marine Engineering School of the Seamen’s Church Institute of New York, led by Capt. Robert Huntington. The school trained thousands of men during World War I, using its ship the J. Hooker Hamersley both for on-deck training and as a transport Bessel for seamen in Port. Sometime before World War II, the school changed names again to the Merchant Marine School. By the end of the War, more than 25,000 men had been trained at SCI for service. Classes were conducted on the roof of SCI’s headquarters at 25 South Street, which had been converted into a mock bridge and was advertised as the highest navigation bridge in the world. The Merchant Marine School moved to 15 State Street in 1968 and continued training there. In 1985, the School began to develop simulator training techniques and facilities, a practice that continues to the present.


1.25 Linear Feet (1 oversized item)

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Arranged in alphabetical order according to creator and subject file within three sub‐series: Bound Volumes, Oversized Items and Subject Files.

Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey Maritime Education Materials
Processed by Johnathan Thayer, 2011. Revised and machine readable finding aid created by Dan Brenner, Spring, 2016.
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Repository Details

Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Special Collections and Archives Repository

Queens College Library, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing 11367 USA us