Journalist, author, and historian Bill Bleyer will present “Long Island Naval History in Wartime, with an emphasis on World War I” on Thursday, October 19, 2017.
Mr. Bleyer will discuss the sinking of the San Diego, the only American capital warship in World War I, off of Fire Island. To place this event in context, the lecture will cover the country’s first amphibious landing on Plum Island, the British blockade including the wreck of HMS Culloden, and the Meigs and other whaleboat raids. Additional historic events to be noted are submarine warfare and the wreck of the British 22-gun sloop-of-war Sylph during the War of 1812; Confederate raiders capturing Union shipping just offshore during the Civil War; and U-boats dropping off spies and attacking commercial vessels during World War II.
This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.
FREE and open to the public. Register here.
Location: Special Collections Seminar Room, Melville Library, E-2340