Educational Events

Saturday Seadog Speakers Series (Winter of 2018)


Fortunately, this snow will be but a memory by next weekend (this article submitted January 4th, 2018), so plan on coming out for the first installment of the 2018 Saturday Speakers Series next Saturday, January 13th. William Geroux, who spent 30 years as a newspaper reporter covering Hampton roads for the Richmond Times Dispatch, will kick things off on Saturday morning, January 13 with a review of his best-selling book, “The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler’s U-boats.”

This is the story of the men of the U.S. Merchant Marine who were scattered on unarmed freighters and tankers throughout the war zones hauling vital war cargo. They and their ships became prime targets for German U-boats trying to choke off the Allied supply line. Nearly every family in tiny Mathews had a personal stake in the fight, and none had a greater stake than the family of Capt. Jesse and Henrietta Hodges and their seven sons who would experience the U-boat war to its fullest.

Bill Williams, past president of the Virginia Society of Ornithology, will be with us on January 27th to present an overview of the ecology and natural history of bird species that are dependent on the habitat diversity of the lower York River. Special emphasis will be given to waterfowl species, raptors, shorebirds, gulls and terns and several songbird species rarely found away form such environs.

On February 10th, John Brooks will take us onboard ocean racing yachts sailing the Newport Bermuda race a trial of 635 nautical miles. A member of Seaford Yacht Club, John has raced to Bermuda 19 times including 16 Newport Bermuda Races. He will explore questions such as what are the attractions of ocean racing, and what is involved in preparing boats and sailors for an ocean passage? How has the competition changed over the years? How does someone get involved in the sport, and why is it so addictive.

Steven Ormsby, Board President of the Watermen’s Museum, will conclude the Series on February 24th with a discussion of “Watermen, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Steve will speak about the wide range of people that have made their living on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay - the Watermen of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. These people are American Indians, colonists, British, American, and French sailors, civil war federal and confederate sailors, Navy and Coast Guard, first responders, commercial fishermen, scientists, aquaculturists, and more.

Join us for conversation, coffee and donuts at 9:30 am. Mr. Geroux will begin his talk at 10:00. The Seadog talks are free and open to the public and are an excellent opportunity to show off SYC to guests and prospective members.

Submitted by Al Cummins