Awards Dinner Tributes
The National Maritime Historical Society actively supports film production on a broad range of maritime related topics, including biographical tribute videos highlighting the work of outstanding individuals and organizations involved in the preservation of our maritime heritage. Produced by NMHS Vice-Chairman Richardo R. Lopes/Voyage Digital Media and Camerman/Editor Alessandro Lopes, the videos are a highlight of the Society’s Annual Awards and Maritime Awards Dinners, each year mesmerizing audiences and bringing the histories of the awardees to life. You can view all NMHS videos on our YouTube Channel including these recent tributes to award recipients J. W. Marriott Jr., Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger and Captain Bert Rogers.
Documentaries & Film Series
The National Maritime Historical Society has also partnered with Voyage Digital Media to sponsor documentaries highlighting our common maritime heritage, and the Society is pleased to report that it has received a grant of $200,000 from the H.F. Lenfest Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation for its documentary series Sails Over Ice and Seas: The Life and Times of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey. We thank Mr. and Mrs. Lenfest for this most generous gift which will allow us to complete production and initial editing of the series. For a glimpse of the upcoming series, watch the trailer.
Ernestina-Morrissey is America’s story. Now a National Historic Landmark, she joined thousands of her sister ships as she was launched from the shores of Essex, Massachusetts in 1894. The documentary’s four one-hour episodes will each focus on a distinct era of her 124 year history – from her start as she fished and carried cargo out of Gloucester, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland (1894–1925); explored the Arctic regions with Captain Bob Bartlett (1926–1945); traversed the Atlantic as a Cape Verde Packet trader bringing immigrants and cargo to and from the shores of America (1948–1968); and advanced educational programming and sail training for people of all ages (1982–present). In her wake, Ernestina-Morrissey has left a diverse and indelible mark on America’s history and her future.