22 signed up and 18 showed. Several new faces and 4 new SMSC members as a result. Museum curator Josh Smith was first to arrive, followed closely by Bill Werner and a couple I never got to meet (Martin & Maria Pertusiewicz) who couldn't wait for the rest of us to drift in as travel distance and traffic allowed. I arrived around 10:15 with coffee, donuts and two others from the Boston area, Richard Chase and Bruce Stewart (who promptly disappeared into the museum and didn't turn up again till later that afternoon). We found Bill and Josh joined by Eric Jarvinen with his harbor dioramas, slide projector and screen set up for an ongoing slideshow of unbelievably realistic rendered model photos. In short order we were joined by Larry Dugan and his daughter Kelly, both avid historians, Jim and Janet Sawruk and Greg Naherne, who made the trek all the way from Toronto. Jim brought some interesting photos from the National Archives showing aerial views of the final air attack on Yamato. Thad Constantine arrived around 11 from Rhode Island with a selection of liner models and another new member, Michael Sayles from Brooklyn appeared shortly thereafter. Chris Sharples brought his son Harrison in around noon and, while Harrison finished off the donuts, Chris showed us some renderings his architectural firm is doing for the USS Intrepid Museum, which includes a virtual reality tour of the ship's interior.
By then it was around noon and we had enough people for Josh to give us a tour of the Museum, which is housed in a former industrial baron's 1910 mansion overlooking Long Island Sound. Besides the models, paintings and other artifacts, there was the newly lighted and refurbished "Convoy!" exhibit, which SMSC members assisted in building several years ago, the Menschaar collections of Noordzee and Heinrich models, and a new Liberty ship exhibit. Josh also opened up the "back of the house" to show all the treasures not on display. In another building nearby there was a functioning antique steam reciprocating engine to be explored.
While the group was touring the museum, new members Matt Riehl (from Washington DC) and Renato Polver, an old salt from Genoa now living in NYC joined us in the exhibit room. Glad to meet these newcomers! Matt brought some liner models for sale and Renato bought a few from him and Thad.
With the tours, conversation, setting up and packing up, there was little time for real buainess, but we did have a brief meeting around 3PM, where we welcomed Bill Werner to the SMSC Board and voted Eric Jarvinen President to take over from Kevin Stewart, whose term expires this year. Josh also invited us back for future meetings, at which time the discussion turned to next year's East Coast national SMSC meeting. As yet, no site has been selected, though several are under consideration including the Museum, which is particularly well suited to host us. More on this as things develop.
By 5PM all of us were on our way back home. My one regret is that I had no time to take photos, though I had brought my camera. Josh kindly provided his (see link below), but if anyone else took any and would like to share them, please e-mail them to me and I'll add them to the Flickr feed for later posting.
SMSC East Coast 2017 mini Meeting
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