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Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, part- ners to survey World War I shipwreck

Nearly 100 years ago, German U-Boat sank American lightship off North Car- olina

On Sunday, August 30, teams from NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, began a survey of the historic wreck of Diamond Shoal Lightship No. 71, the only American lightship to be sunk by enemy action during World War I. T e archaeological survey expedition

off the coast of Beaufort, North Carolina, will document the wreck site, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places this month. Information from the survey also will be used to create educational exhibits and materials to help recreational divers better interpret the wreck site, which is managed by NOAA and the Coast Guard. T e sanctuary’s research vessel SRVx

Sand Tiger will provide the platform for at-sea operations. Other partners for the project include East Carolina University

and University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute. Built in Bath, Maine, in 1897, the

lightship, also known as LV-71, served as a fl oating lighthouse, sound signal station, and navigational beacon. For 21 years, the lightship marked the treacherous waters of Diamond Shoals off of North Carolina to ensure other vessels could navigate safely. On August 6, 1918, the German subma-

rine U-140 attacked the vessel while it was anchored off Cape Hatteras. Before it was attacked, LV-71 had reported by radio the presence of a submarine that had torpedoed the unarmed American steamer Merak. T e U-140 intercepted the warning and headed for the LV-71. T e submarine fi red its deck guns at the lightship and fi rst took out the communications room. As the U-140’s shelling continued, LV-71’s 12 member crew escaped off the doomed vessel. According to A History of U.S. Lightships by Willard Flint, more than 25 friendly vessels were warned away from the area by the LV-71. “A large part of our country’s history is

rooted in our maritime heritage,” said David Alberg, superintendent of the nearby Mon- itor National Marine Sanctuary. “T is expe-


Vice President for Institutional Ad- vancement and Chief Financial Offi cer Join Maine Maritime Academy Staff

CASTINE—Dr. William J. Brennan, Presi- dent of Maine Maritime Academy, has an- nounced two new hires in Leadership Team positions for the college: Chief Financial Offi cer and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Chief Financial Offi cer Petra Carver

comes to the Academy with 30-plus years of fi nance and administration experience, 14 of which have been in higher education. Most recently, Ms. Carver served as Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO for T e College of Idaho in Caldwell. Previ- ous to that position, she worked for Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania as Vice President for Finance and Support Op- erations; for Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin as Vice President for Finance

and Administration; and, for T e Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington as Director of Business Services. Ms. Carver earned a Master of Business Administra- tion at St. Martin’s University in Olym pia, Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting at Fachhochschule Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Christopher J. Haley, VP for Institution-

al Advancement, has 25-plus years of expe- rience in fundraising for higher education, secondary education, and healthcare. Most recently, Mr. Haley directed philanthropy at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. Prior to mov- ing to Maine for that position, he served as Director of Advancement for the School of Management at Boston University; Director of Development for the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola Uni- versity Maryland in Baltimore; and Director of Major Giſt s at McDaniel College in West- minster, Maryland. Mr. Haley earned an Ex- ecutive Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Business Adminis- tration - Marketing from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. “T ese two positions are strategically

and operationally critical for the future suc- cess of the Academy,” said Dr. Brennan. “I am extremely pleased that we have attracted such qualifi ed and motivated leaders to join our team.”


Mariners Award: Left to right, C aptain Brain Fournier, Rear Admiral Linda Fagan, Captain Howard Wentworth, Captain Earl Walker, Captain Walter Russell, Senator Angus King. Photo courtesy of Wendy Jung, soggy dog designs.

BATH - Maine Maritime Museum honored Maine’s marine pilots and the two commis- sions that oversee them, the Maine Pilotage Commission and the Port of Portland Board of Harbor Commissioners, with the 2015 Mariners Award at a ceremony held at the museum August 26. T e Mariners Award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has made extraordinary contributions to Maine’s maritime heritage and signifi cantly impacted the state’s culture and economy. Rear Admiral Linda L. Fagan, Com-

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mander of the First Coast Guard District, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon and award ceremony. Senator Angus King deliv- ered the event’s closing remarks, recognizing the pilots for their essential role in Maine’s maritime commerce. Maine Maritime Museum Executive

Director Amy Lent said, “Maine ranks sec- ond among New England states for marine traffi c volume, so the importance of marine pilots to Maine’s economy can’t be overem-

phasized; and pilots have ensured the safety of ships, their crews, passengers and cargoes for more than 100 years, so they are an im- portant part of our history and culture. T ese hardworking maritime professionals take great personal risks to perform their jobs in all weather conditions, and they deserve to be honored for their contributions to Maine’s maritime heritage.” Pilots were recognized by the fi rst Con-

gress of the United States in 1789 as critical to the young nation’s commerce. Federal pilotage regulation did develop over time, a responsibility that is now under the auspices of the U.S. Coast Guard. Many of Maine’s pilots are certifi ed by both the state and the federal government. Corporate sponsors for the event in-

cluded General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works, Sprague Energy, Bath Savings Institution, Reed & Reed, Winslow Marine, Proprietors of Union Wharf, Hamilton Marine, and Moran Shipping.

dition will provide valuable insights into the lives of this heroic crew and shed light on an important chapter of our nation’s history that is unknown to many Americans.” Managed by NOAA’s Offi ce of National

Marine Sanctuaries, the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was designated in 1975 to protect the wreck of the famed Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, which sank during a storm 16 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in 1862.

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