Are you a descendant of a mariner who once resided at Sailors' Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY? Or a researcher? Or a reader of good sea-going tales? Or perhaps you are interested in the SSH records, and the SSH Cemetery?
This weekend, spurred on by one of my blog readers, I created the Facebook page: "Mariners of Sailors' Snug Harbor History and Genealogy." The purpose of the page is to share stories and information specifically about the former inhabitants of SSH: the aged, sometimes ailing mariners who found rest and camaraderie there.
The physical property and buildings of Sailors' Snug Harbor, which began in 1801, and eventually closed doors in the mid 1950's, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Some of the buildings fell into disrepair and were demolished over
the years, but many of the beautiful original structures remain.
The entire property has been renamed: Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens.
and overseen by a board of Trustees. This entity has their own website (above) and their own Facebook page.
Perhaps the most interesting story of Sailors' Snug Harbor, however, originates with the lives of those men who lived there. My own g-g-grandfather master mariner stayed there on several different occasions, and eventually died there. The new Facebook page I have created, is a place to illuminate the lives of those men by sharing any stories we hold.
I have a handful of letters, in my family archives, written on stationary with the Sailors' Snug Harbor letterhead. I came to know my g-g-grandfather through these letters. I came to understand what forces affected his life on the sea and how he made a living. What treasures do you have, what tales to tell?
Please visit on Facebook: Mariners of Sailors' Snug Harbor History and Genealogy. The page is open to anyone, but please "Like" the page so we can get to know you. Thanks!