At 8:30am on Friday, September 21, Egan Maritime opened the doors to the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum to current members for a private gallery tour with Museum Director Lisa Lazarus and Museum Interpreter and island artist David Lazarus. After enjoying coffee and morning pastries in the Anastos Gallery, members enjoyed a 20-minute tour of the Museum's most iconic artifacts. The tour began at the Nash-Gifford Wreck Map for an overview of the island's lifesaving story. It then continued into the Diana Taylor Brown Gallery where the sorrowful history of the wreck of the T.B. Witherspoon was told. In the Shannon Gallery the more mundane daily routine of Nantucket's lifesavers was shared, with special attention to some of the tools of the trade such as the Hawser Cutter. Members then went on to view the 2018 special exhibition Courage & Calamity, Fifty Ships Against the Sea and heard about the research and creative work that goes into the production of the Museum's annual exhibition in the Monaghan Gallery.
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Egan Maritime would like to thank the individuals and businesses, listed below, who generously supported Courage & Calamity. Their contributions ensure the heroic stories of Nantucket's lifesavers remain an integral part of the island's maritime culture:
Diana Taylor Brown in memory of Colin H. Brown