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Storytelling Podcasts

Tall ships are a part of our shared human history, and everyone knows that sailors tell the best stories. Join Erin Short of Tall Ships America as she discovers the people behind these iconic vessels and what it truly means to be a traditional sailor in a modern world. Every month, we sit down and get to know each other over a pint of beer or a cup of tea. Sea stories, inspiration, and a little bit of everything else.Just no shanties, please.

Tall ships are a part of our shared human history, and everyone knows that sailors tell the best stories. Join Erin Short of Tall Ships America as she discovers the people behind these iconic vessels and what it truly means to be a traditional sailor in a modern world. Every month, we sit down and get to know each other over a pint of beer or a cup of tea. Sea stories, inspiration, and a little bit of everything else.Just no shanties, please.

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United States

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Tall ships are a part of our shared human history, and everyone knows that sailors tell the best stories. Join Erin Short of Tall Ships America as she discovers the people behind these iconic vessels and what it truly means to be a traditional sailor in a modern world. Every month, we sit down and get to know each other over a pint of beer or a cup of tea. Sea stories, inspiration, and a little bit of everything else.Just no shanties, please.

Language:

English


Episodes

It's a fantastic time to be a meteorologist: Joe Sienkiewicz with the Ocean Prediction Center at NOAA

6/10/2021
Join Erin as she talks to our favorite weather guy, Mr. Joe Siekiewicz, Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Ocean Prediction Center (OPC). Joe and his team are responsible for weather warnings and forecasts for large portions of the North Atlantic and North Pacific. They talk about how he first became fascinated with weather (hint: it involves snow), how being a mariner helped him obtain his job at NOAA, and the role of...

Duration:00:58:46

Look Down and See: Amali Knobloch aboard Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

5/27/2021
This week, Erin talks to Amali Knobloch with Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. We discover how the ship was part of the environmental awakening of the 1960s and how the founder, Peter Seeger's, participation in the Civil Rights movement of that time is still reflected in their programming today. We talk about the importance of seeing people that look like you in leadership roles and how a three week trip aboard Tole Mour at age 18 changed Amali's life. Ships mentioned: USS Constitution, Tole...

Duration:00:58:21

Whaling Captains of Color with Skip Finley

5/14/2021
In pre-emancipation America there were few, if any, industries where African heritage and indigenous men could rise to positions of power. In this episode, historian Skip Finley explains how America’s whaling ships served as the country’s first meritocracies. Skin color and ethnicity were secondary to one’s ability to safely pilot a ship and effectively kill whales. Whalers who demonstrated these abilities had opportunities to learn navigation, financial literacy, commerce, and reading and...

Duration:01:19:07

Diversity on Tall Ships: A Historic Perspective

4/30/2021
In the past, tall ship sailors and maritime workers transcended race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality and until relatively recently the American maritime workforce was remarkably diverse. This week, historian Nic Hardisty highlights some experiences, contributions, and facts about African heritage, indigenous American, female, and LGBT+ populations in America’s maritime workforce.

Duration:00:32:37

Great Lakes Whale Watching with Captain Tom Kastle

4/15/2021
Let's get our shanty on! We are rounding out shanty month with a super fun interview with the always game Captain Tom Kastle, historian, author, singer, actor, captain of Great Lakes schooners, and raconteur. In this interview, we cover the history and different types of shanties that are sung around the world, with examples! Tom tells us how to train like a shanty singer, why you should always pack a book, and how everyone needs to have a party piece. Oh, and Tugboat is a great...

Duration:00:58:53

Give us a Shanty!: Seán Dagher and Bénédicte Ouimet

4/2/2021
Nic kicks off our shanty-themed month by talking with Seán Dagher and Bénédicte Ouimet. Seán is a singer known for his masterful renditions of folk songs and shanties, for his iconic shanty and tavern performances in the Assassin’s Creed video game series, and his Shanty of the Week YouTube series, which has amassed over 300,000 views. Bénédicte is the accomplished music supervisor for Ubisoft Montreal and she was critical to the inclusion and recording of shanties in Assassin’s Creed: Black...

Duration:00:59:34

A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Captain Jamie Trost aboard Lady Washington

3/15/2021
Welcome to season two! We kick off this season with Captain Jamie Trost, Port Captain for Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen, Washington. While he had a less than auspicious start as a sailor, tall ships eventually proved too strong of a calling. We spend time in Japan, visit an algae graveyard in the Great Lakes, and learn that is no better place to be a sailor than in Baltimore, Ireland. Ships mentioned: Adventuress, AJ Meerwald, Amistad, Appledore IV, Denis Sullivan, Highlander...

Duration:01:10:48

Bears, Brigs, and the Battle of Lake Erie

3/12/2021
In our final mini-sode, Nic digs into the legend of Rough Bruin, a bear that served as an enemy combatant onboard the HMS Detroit. We learn about Rough Bruin’s exploits during the battle, and Nic speculates as to what Rough Bruin’s post-war life may have looked like. This episode features a special, albeit extremely brief, cameo by historian Shane Allan. Ships mentioned: US Brig Niagara, USS Porcupine, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, HMS Detroit, HMS Victory, HMS Queen Charlotte, HMS Swiftsure,...

Duration:00:09:22

Mini-sode with Captain Andy Ellers

3/4/2021
It's the penultimate mini-sode! Our season two kicks off on March 19th. This week, Captain Andy Ellers makes the case for Mary Poppins, modern hero; and drops two poems into the conversation. Erin gets really excited about showers at the airport. Ships mentioned: Oliver Hazard Perry, Virginia, Mystic Programs mentioned: Ocean Classroom Foundation, Maine Windjammer Fleet Poems mentioned: "'Tis the Set of the Sail" - or - "One Ship Sails East" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox "The Men Who Don't...

Duration:00:30:39

Mini-sode with Amali Knobloch

2/18/2021
It's the mini episode! Every Friday, Erin and Nic will be alternating interviews and history in these bite-sized episodes to tide you over until the season two premiere of the podcast on March 19th. This week, Amali blindsides Erin with her answer to the question of what person or thing she would come back as. Ships mentioned: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

Duration:00:10:59

Caroline Mayhew? She's Got This: Whalers' Wives with Nicolas Hardisty

2/12/2021
In this mini-sode, Nic looks into the women that braved the treacherous world of whaling in the 19th century, with a focus on Caroline Mayhew. Whether whalers' wives were on board by force or choice, they committed to their lives at sea and became some of the most well-travelled women the world had ever known. Ships mentioned: Essex, Warren, Powhatan.

Duration:00:09:15

Mini-sode with Steve Kielar

2/4/2021
It's the mini episode! Every Friday, Erin and Nic will be alternating interviews and history in these bite-sized episodes to tide you over until the season two premiere of the podcast on March 19th. This week, we learn that happiness for Steve Kielar is being on a deserted beach. We're definitely noticing a theme to these happy places.... Ships mentioned: Matthew Turner, Seaward Programs mentioned: Call of the Sea

Duration:00:09:00

We Protest and We Burn Stuff (Revisited) with Nicolas Hardisty

1/29/2021
In this mini-sode Nic takes a look at Rhode Island's arsonous history in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Nic details a handful of incidents in which Rhode Islanders lashed out against British customs ships by protesting... and burning stuff. The lesser-known Providence Tea Party is discussed as well. Ships mentioned: HMS Maidstone, HMS St John, HMS Squirrel, HMS Gaspee, Liberty/HMS Liberty.

Duration:00:16:01

Mini-sode with MJ Fernandez

1/21/2021
It's the mini episode! Every Friday, Erin and Nic will be alternating interviews and history in these bite-sized episodes to tide you over until the season two premiere of the podcast on March 19th. In this episode, MJ's greatest achievement makes Erin cry. The hummingbird story referred to is told by Wangari Maathai and you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-btl654R_pY&t=2s Edit: In this episode, MJ refers to Paulo Coelho as a Portuguese author. She wants everyone to...

Duration:00:08:49

The U.S. Navy’s Africa Squadron with Nicolas Hardisty.

1/15/2021
In mini episode #2, Nic Hardisty discusses the Africa Squadron, a United States Navy team tasked with shutting down the Atlantic slave trade during the 19th century. Nic pays particular attention to the USS Constellation’s encounter with slavers on the barque Cora. Ships mentioned: USS Constellation, USS Constitution, Cora, and Delicia. Further Reading: Africa Squadron: The U.S. Navy and the Slave Trade, 1842-1861 (Donald Canney) Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau...

Duration:00:13:40

Mini-sode with Captain Jamie Trost

1/7/2021
It's the mini episode! Every Friday, Erin and Nic will be alternating interviews and history in these bite-sized episodes to tide you over until the season two premiere of the podcast on March 19th. This week, happiness is a cabin in the woods for Captain Jamie Trost.

Duration:00:18:44

A Very Perry Christmas: Nicolas Hardisty and Shane Allen on Christopher Raymond Perry

12/11/2020
Join Erin as she explores the incredible life of Christopher Raymond Perry (father of naval heroes Oliver Hazard Perry and Matthew Calbraith Perry) with historians Shane Allen and Nic Hardisty in our season finale. Christopher's story has it all: murder, piracy, prison breaks, and a trans-Atlantic love tale- all before he turned 25 years old! Ships mentioned in this episode: USS, Trumbull, USS General Mifflin, USS General Greene, USS Alfred, USS/HMS Raleigh, HMS Jersey, HMS Iris, HMS General...

Duration:00:49:30

Lean Forward into Life: Nancy Richardson aboard 104 Tall Ships

11/27/2020
Join Erin as she sails the seven seas with Nancy Richardson, Mariner Girl Scout, perpetual sailor, and keeper of our sail training legacy. We learn about her journey from art teacher to Marine Education Program Specialist with the Girl Scouts, and her family connection to Orville Wright. Nancy shares her practical advice for new (and seasoned!) sailors, and talks about her lifelong friendship with her heroes, Irving and Exy Johnson. Movies mentioned: Around Cape Horn, Unfurling the World,...

Duration:00:46:12

The Church of Elissa: Mark Scibinico aboard 1877 Tall Ship Elissa

11/13/2020
Join Erin as she tries to scramble eggs in the Drake Passage with Mark Scibinico, Port Captain and Director of Maritime Operations at Galveston Historical Foundation www.galvestonhistory.org We talk about his journey from the kitchens of the Culinary Institute of America to how a tattoo convinced him to give ships a chance, kind of. We learn all about the tall ship Elissa, a ship that is as old as the Statue of Liberty, the unbelievable passion of her volunteers, and that Erin gets really...

Duration:00:55:12

Glowing Magician of Awesome: Hali Boyd with The Seafarer Collective

10/29/2020
Join Erin as she dives in the life and times of Hali Boyd, director of The Seafarer Collective (theseafarercollective.org) and founder of SEE BEE Consulting (seebeepdx.com). She talks about leaving school at the age of 15 to train horses and how a random conversation at a party started her journey in the tall ships community. We learn the challenges of navigating the commercial world as a woman in the maritime workforce and to never underestimate a woman wearing a pink polo shirt holding a...

Duration:01:04:52