SF Maritime Park's Lunchtime "MESS" Library Lecture Series
Thursday at 11:00 AM PDT
This event will be livestreamed on our Givebutter page: https://givebutter.com/MESS
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Mariners have always faced the problem of what to do about shipmates who died at sea. Although it would be easy to dispose of a body by simply slipping it over the side, this was not favored. Proper burial, it was believed, was necessary to prevent the dead from becoming one of the restless spirits of the deep. This talk discusses how the burial at sea ritual was designed to separate the dead from the living and place the spirit in the afterlife so that it would not return to haunt the ship.
David Stewart is an Associate Professor of Nautical Archaeology at East Carolina University. He earned a BA in archaeology at Baylor University and an MA and PhD from the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, and several U.S. states. At present, his research focuses on the maritime culture of Bronze Age Greece and the Age of Sail, with a particular interest in vernacular boatbuilding traditions.
The MESS (Maritime Education for Students of the Sea) are informal lunchtime lectures meant to showcase a wide array of maritime knowledge, research and skills. Subjects in the past have included shipwreck survival, Louise Boyd: Arctic explorer, rope walks and maritime fine arts. Lectures usually last around 40 minutes with time for questions afterwards.
The MESS lectures seek to amplify new voices, honor experience and respect the diversity of maritime culture. Each lecture is live broadcasted from this webpage and available for viewing. The MESS lectures are sponsored by the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association to help showcase the collection of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
The ongoing lecture series takes place on the last Thursday of every month at 11AM (PST).
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