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January 27, 2017

UPCOMING PUBLIC LECTURE to Explore Colonial Era Smuggling

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Excerpt of map, circa 1740, showing the East Coast and "Sea of the British Empire." Below: Early 18th century view of Havana Harbor.

Sea Education Association will host a public lecture, “Be not too Bold: Colonial Smuggling and the Stealthy Boat Captains who Made it Possible” on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. Carl Herzog, an adjunct faculty instructor at SEA, will deliver the lecture, the second of SEA’s Winter/Spring Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Association, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth.  It is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

About the Lecture
For more than 50 years before the American Revolution, New England merchant mariners successfully plied an illicit trade with the Caribbean colonies of other European nations. Over the decades, through times of war and peace, they smuggled contraband past customs agents, privateers and navy blockades. In the process, they circumvented mercantilist policies to become the agents of a new globalism. The lecture will examine a few of their adventurous tales and the skills they honed to succeed.

About the Lecturer
Carl Herzog is an adjunct faculty instructor in Maritime Studies at Sea Education Association. In addition to teaching maritime history and policy, he has sailed extensively with SEA and numerous other tall ship programs as a deck officer and navigation instructor. He previously edited a series of nautical almanacs and worked as an environmental reporter in Florida. He holds a M.A. in History from the University of Rhode Island, and is currently completing a PhD dissertation on colonial smuggling through the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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