Master boatbuilder and co-founder of Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway Nat Benjamin will speak about boat design and building methods, as well as the rich history of boatbuilding in Cape Cod waters and the history of wooden boats in Nantucket Sound. Nat will also share some of his own work, such as the 65′ schooner, Juno.
A Celebration of Nantucket Sound (ACONS) Webinar Series
ACONS is an educational webinar series designed to celebrate Nantucket Sound’s exceptional environment, robust history, and cultural importance to the Cape and Islands. These monthly webinars provide free, accessible, and fun learning opportunities for individuals and families in the safety of their own homes through Zoom. We hope that this series will culminate in a live celebration later this year.
Each webinar will feature a renowned expert in their field, presenting on one of the Sound’s unique values – and answering your questions in a live Q&A session to follow.
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Boat Safety in Nantucket Sound
Patrick Cassidy, owner of New England Maritime and Cape on the Fly, will discuss the unique challenges of boating in and around Nantucket Sound, including currents, weather and other navigational hazards. He will describe the common interactions between vessels on local waters, and best practices for operating safely.
A History of Nantucket Sound
Guest Speaker: Historian and author Theresa Mitchell (Cape Cod Bay and Hidden History of Cape Cod) speaks about the amazing history of Nantucket Sound.
The Kennedys & Nantucket Sound
Guest speaker: Wendy Northcross of the JFK Hyannis Museum discusses the Kennedys & their ties to the sea and Nantucket Sound.
Winter Wildlife on Nantucket Sound
Guest Speaker: Zak Mertz of the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, shows us some wildlife around the Cape and Nantucket Sound during the winter & transition months.
A History of Steamboats & Ferries
Guest Speaker: Elizabeth York of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum explores the history of steamboats and ferries between the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
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