While cadets were enrolling in the Massachusetts Nautical Training School, Queen Liliuokalani was beginning her reign in Hawaii.
I am bursting with pride! Massachusetts Maritime Academy turns 130 years old today.
While the Academy was getting its start in 1891, Puerto Rico was adopting its flag, the game of basketball was being invented in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Granville T. Wood was patenting the electric railway.
The National Forest Service was being organized, Thomas Edison was patenting the motion picture camera, and American Express was issuing its first travelers checks.
SPAM was being introduced, President Benjamin Harrison was visiting San Francisco, and the first world weightlifting championship was taking place.
Music Hall, now known as Carnegie Hall, was celebrating its grand opening in New York City. Stanford University was opening in California and Liliuokalani was beginning her reign as Queen of Hawaii.
Painter Grant Wood was born in 1891. Future President Warren Harding married Florence K. DeWolfe. Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, died. So did politician P.T. Barnum and painter George Seurat.
There sure was a lot going on in 1891, but we can all agree on one thing...the BEST thing that happened that year was when the Massachusetts legislature voted to establish the Massachusetts Nautical Training School on June 11, 1891.
Happy Birthday, Massachusetts Maritime Academy!
Your favorite green pirate,
Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, died in 1891.
Music Hall (now called Carnegie Hall) opened the same year that Massachusetts Maritime Academy was founded.
SPAM was introduced in 1891. I wonder if the first class of cadets at Massachusetts Nautical Training School tried this new luncheon treat.