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March 18, 2007

Pilots of the Delaware Bay in the Days of Sail

Come enjoy an afternoon at the Independence Seaport Museum. Sailor-author-architect Tony Junker (MIT class of 1961) will give an account of the “golden age of the great pilot schooners” employing images from the 18th and 19th Century period to build a vivid portrait of the Capes back in those days. He will focus on the challenges deep water pilots faced in their dangerous calling, their professional lifestyles, and the beautiful winged schooners they sailed.

Tony Junker is the author of a historical sea novel set among the pilots of Delaware River and Bay. According to Junker his novel, Tunnell’s Boys, grew from his love of the sea. Tony is a longtime sailing enthusiast with a taste for wooden sailing craft and “blue water” ocean cruising. He has captained various sailing craft on coastal voyages, including a schooner similar to the historic pilot craft in his novel, the Ebe W. Tunnell.

Following the presentation, enjoy touring the museum which includes visiting the Cruiser USS Olympia, the submarine Becuna, and a boat shop where a replica of the Silent Maid (a 1924 Catboat) is presently under construction. The museum also has numerous permanent historical/educational exhibits, plus a new exhibit on Women at Sea.

Date: Sunday, March 18, 2007

Time: 2:00 PM - Tony Junker's Presentation, followed by cookies & open touring

Location: Independence Seaport Museum
         Penn's Landing, Philadelphia
         MuseumWeb site

Cost: $22 for Dues-paying Club Members and their guests
        $32 for Non-members

Reservations: via MIT Infinite Connection:

For Questions: Lucie Wilkens, 610-444-3242
   e-mail: L.S.Wilkens@alum.mit.edu

Check out Tony Junker's Web site: www.tonyjunker.com

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