Part of Sea Songs and Sea Lives
Past Program | Virtual
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Join the Seaport Museum and tugboat Capt. Ann Loeding and New York Harbor School graduate/SUNY Maritime student Ashley Cruz, along with chantey singer Bonnie Milner of the Johnson Girls, to discuss the roles of women in modern maritime careers and the role of women in singing sea chanteys. The conversation will include the function of music and traditional culture on board, yesterday and today, illustrated with live song performances and with images from the Seaport Museum’s collection. Lyrics will be provided so guests can sing along from home, and a brief Q&A will follow the presentation.
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Ashley Cruz is a freshman at SUNY Maritime, majoring in marine operations with a deck license, and is a graduate of New York Harbor School and former intern at South Street Seaport Museum. Her first time on a schooner was in 2016, aboard Lettie G Howard, and she fell in love with sailing. She spends part of every summer sailing tall ships.
Capt. Ann Loeding is a hawsepiper who has worked on tugs in New York Harbor and Hudson River, on the Great Lakes, along the East Coast, and in Alaska. She was the tugboat captain for the GlassBarge on the Erie Canal for South Street Seaport Museum’s partnership with Corning Museum of Glass.
Born at the highest point of navigation on the 410-mile-long Connecticut River, Bonnie Milner has been singing all her life, most notably as a founding member of the all-woman a cappella maritime group, The Johnson Girl and as part of South Street Seaport’s New York Packet. Her curiosity in maritime songs was sparked by hearing chanteys sung at South Street Seaport and Mystic Seaport Museums, and carried further by her acquaintance with the last working chanteyman, Stan Hugill, one of her important mentors. He exhorted her to “keep these ditties alive” and ever since, she has brought her skills and passion for the genre by teaching, performing and delivering presentations on maritime music to audiences of all ages throughout North America and Europe.
Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music: A Monthly Sea Song Sing Along
From our living rooms and kitchens, and even from the deck of Wavertree, join us for our round-robin of shared sea songs, featuring members of The New York Packet and friends.