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Lecture: “Shipwreck and Salvation – The Wreck of The Prince Maurice 1657”

@ Courtesy of New Amsterdam History Center

Thu, May 16 - Sat, May 18  2024

Long Island (Shelter Island, Port Washington, Southampton)

On the night of March 8, 1657, as a Nor’easter raged, a Dutch ship The Prince Maurice slammed into the coast of Fire Island. Aboard were 129 souls – passengers, crew and Dutch West India Company soldiers. Ashore were Indigenous people on their coastal night watch, listening to the ship crash against the shoal.

The New Amsterdam History Center’s Mapping Early NY project uncovered correspondence and ship manifests to pinpoint the shipwreck, and tell the story of the rescue on an ice laden beach.


Richly illustrated with 3D models, interactive maps, and documents, a one-hour talk with Q&A to follow. This history can now be told thanks to a generous grant by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to extend Mapping Early NY to the tip of Long Island.

Kathryn Curran, Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation noted: “We are delighted to support projects that push the boundaries of history, culture, and the digital world.   The New Amsterdam History Center’s integration of 3D models, original documents, Encyclopedia, and maps is an entirely new way to experience the past.”

Join Presenters: Toya Dubin, Mapping Early NY Project Director and Drew Shuptar-Rayvis, Algonkian Historical Consultant in a presentation that includes interviews with experts including Dutch ship expert, Julie Van den Hout.

New Amsterdam History Center

The mission of the New Amsterdam History Center (NAHC) is to encourage exploration of the Dutch history of New Amsterdam as it laid the foundational character for today’s New York City, with special reference to its ethnic, racial, and religious diversity, urban landscapes, economic vitality, and global legacy.

Dates & Locations

The program will take place on three dates in three different places on Long Island.

Shelter Island Historical Society
16 South Ferry Road
Shelter Island, NY 11964
Thursday, May 16th 1:00PM – 2:30PM
Register here

Port Washington Public Library
1 Library Dr
Port Washington, NY 11050
Friday May 17th  7:00PM-8:30PM
Register here

Southampton History Museum
17 Meeting House Ln, Southampton, NY 11968
Saturday May 18th,  11:00AM – 12:30PM
Register here

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