Portsmouth Athenaeum 2015 Speakers' Series


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Each program begins at 7:00pm in the Research Library of the Portsmouth Athenæum at 9 Market Square in Portsmouth, NH.

Attendance at programs is free for Athenæum Proprietors, Subscribers and Friends.  Guests and members of the public are welcome to attend the entire series by becoming a Friend of the Athenæum for as little as $25 per year, payable via mail or at the door. Admission to an individual program is $10.

Reservations are required. Please call (603) 431-2538, Ext. 2 for reservations up to 48 hours in advance. 


May 20, Wednesday

Rodney Watterson will present a lecture: “Portsmouth Navy Yard's Record Setting World War II Submarine Production”  Drawing on his book, "32 in '44: Building the Portsmouth Submarine Fleet in World War II," Captain Rodney Watterson USN (Retired) will analyze the Navy Yard's remarkable wartime performance.   Few industrial facilities contributed more to winning the war than our local navy yard, which produced 79 submarines - 32 in one year.

Rod Watterson’s naval career involved submarine design, construction, and maintenance.  He has engineering degrees from the United States Naval Academy and MIT, and a History PhD from UNH. His latest book is "Whips to Walls: Naval Discipline from Flogging to Progressive Reform at Portsmouth Prison."


October 14, Wednesday
David Cole will present a lecture: "Hydrographic Surveying of Portsmouth Harbor and Other Tales from the High Seas."
Explore the evolution of hydrographic surveying, nautical charting, and ocean mapping from the early techniques of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey to modern day methods.  Learn about one of the first NOAA hydrographic surveys to employ 100% survey bottom coverage in our own approach to Portsmouth Harbor in 1997.

With a degree in Geology from the University of New Hampshire, Dave Cole spent most of his NOAA career specializing in hydrographic surveying, nautical charting, and ocean mapping.  He splits his time between Boulder, Colorado and Rye, and while in Rye he educates as a UNH Marine Docent and volunteers on the Gundalow Piscataqua.


November 18, Wednesday
Wendy Lull  presents “The Wreck of the Lizzie Carr.”
Hear the dramatic tale of the 1905 wreck of the Lizzie Carr, New Hampshire’s last shipwrecked schooner.  Learn how a January storm broke Lizzie’s anchor chains and drove her onto the rocks.  Listen to first-hand accounts of the Wallis Sands Life Saving Station surfmen’s attempts to rescue the craft and crew in the bitter cold.

A Past-President of the Portsmouth Athenaeum, Wendy Lull has been the President of the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire for over 20 years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Zoology at UNH and has been recognized as an Outstanding Women in Business by New Hampshire Business Review and one of New Hampshire’s Women of Distinction by New Hampshire Magazine.