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  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy Hosts Chatham Marconi Maritime Center’s Speaker Series on SS Marine Electric Sinking

    Published on September 30, 2021

    Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA; www.maritime.edu), a top-ranked university with seven undergraduate degree programs focusing on science, engineering, technology, math, and business that blend academics and experiential learning, recently hosted an installment of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center’s Ed Fouhy Distinguished Speaker Series.

    The September 9th presentation, “A Survivor’s Story,” featured Eugene Kelly, one of the three survivors of the SS Marine Electric, a bulk carrier ship that sank on February 12, 1983, off the coast of Virginia, enroute to Somerset, Massachusetts. The tragedy resulted in several of the most important maritime reforms in the second half of the 20th century.

    The Ed Fouhy Distinguished Speaker Series is a limited schedule of special presentations designed to promote knowledge and understanding of history and world events, with a special focus on the science and development of communications technology and its profound effect on our lives. It is named after the communications specialist who brought the world and its stories to the American public.

    “‘A Survivor’s Story:  The Sinking of the SS Marine Electric’ is a compelling personal story and a cautionary tale that led to important changes in safety standards at sea,” said Carolyn Cragin, president, board of directors of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center.  “We thank Massachusetts Maritime Academy for hosting the in-person portion of this special event, and we look forward to collaborating on other programs and opportunities to bring important information and memorable stories to the MMA and Chatham Marconi communities.”

    “It was our pleasure to host this important presentation by one of the sole survivors of the SS Marine Electric – and distinguished alumnus of MMA,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, president of Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center and its outstanding Ed Fouhy Distinguished Speaker Series explores significant and thought-provoking topics from which we all can learn.”

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