Friday, February 27, 2015

Library Lecture Series presents William P. Callahan

SUNY Maritime Stephen B. Luce Library
Library Lecture Series. 
Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 1500
William P. Callahan, Esq.

William P. Callahan served in active duty and active reserve duty in the United States Navy (Air Wing) for eight years.  He has received specialized training from Naval Air specialty schools in addition to training in aviation electronics countermeasures.  He is currently a practicing attorney at Callahan & Robinson Law Firm.  Mr. Callahan specializes in governmental relations and litigation matters including aerial unmanned vehicles aka Drones and related defense matters.
Prior to his current position, he was a former trial lawyer for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division and Narcotics Section in New York and Washington D.C.  During his tenure with the Department of Justice, he was assigned as the Regional Counsel to the Drug Enforcement Task force.
In 1980, Mr. Callahan entered into private practice acting primarily as Investigative Counsel to the Bar.  Subsequently, in 2005-2010, he was appointed by the Federal District Court to be the Court’s Independent Investigator.  Since 2012, he has directed his attention and energies toward the legal and defense matters in Drone technology.
On March 12, 2015, he will be sharing his thoughts and insights with our Maritime community on two interesting topics of current events and history.  He will be discussing Piracy in the Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean, and the Sunken WWII German submarines off the East Coast and scuba diving risks.

Monday, February 23, 2015

New at the Library: Faculty Scholarship Repository

The Stephen B. Luce Library is pleased to announce the creation of a Faculty Scholarship Repository hosted within the SUNY Maritime section of the SUNY-wide Digital Repository. The Faculty Scholarship Repository is designed to provide easy access to the wealth of scholarship and professional works created by our faculty and foster increased scholarly communication.

We encourage faculty submissions of all kinds including peer-reviewed publications, commissioned reports, and creative works.

Brief video tutorials on how to create an account and upload files, along with guidelines and information on author rights, publisher restrictions, and open access can be found in our new Faculty Scholarship Guide:

If you have any questions about creating an account, uploading files, or anything related to the larger Repository, please contact Rebecca Hyams at 

We look forward to your submissions!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ship historian Norman Brouwer lectures on the Steamboats of the Long Island Sound

On February 5th, the Stephen B. Luce Library had the honor of welcoming Norman J. Brouwer, one of the leading U.S. maritime historians and lecturers. Brouwer served as curator of the South Street Seaport Museum for 30 years and is currently affiliated with the Mystic Seaport Museum. He shared with us his expertise on the historic steamboats that once plied the waters of the Long Island Sound.

Drawing largely upon materials researched in his book Steamboats on Long Island Sound – Images of America (Arcadia Publishing, 2014), Brouwer’s lecture zeroed in on New York City as an epicenter for shipping lines which often ferried passengers to important ports such as Norwalk and New Haven in Connecticut, Narragansett Bay and Providence on Rhode Island, and beyond. Competition among service lines spurred the construction of increasingly elegant steamboats which greatly improved the ability to travel between New York and coastal New England. Early photographs accompanied his research into the ships’ architecture during the 19th and early 20th century, as well as ship’s plans and colorful illustrations of ship designs.

Luce Library and the rest of the college community would like to thank Brouwer for this interesting lecture, which brought to life the past age of steam, now largely replaced by diesel engines and other components of modern ship design. His full lecture can be seen here.

Brouwer’s book Steamboats on Long Island Sound is available as an ebook and in paperback from