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Wednesday, January 18, 2006


During the short life of this blog there have been several posts regarding the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, and more specifically the efforts of its curator, Bill Thiesen.

According to an article in the Manitowoc Herald Times Bill Thiesen will be leaving Manitowoc for his new position as the Coast Guard's Atlantic area historian, responsible for a territory covering the eastern U.S., including the Caribbean and overseas stations, and operating out of the Coast Guard's Atlantic Area Command Center in Portsmouth, Va. His duties will include public outreach, researching historical questions for the public and the Coast Guard's Public Affairs Office, overseeing the collection of historically significant artifacts and documents at Coast Guard installations throughout the region, conducting oral interviews of veterans and active Coast Guard personnel and preserving the history of the Coast Guard.

Thiesen's new book Industrializing American Shipbuilding: The Transformation of Ship Design And Construction, 1820-1920 (New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology) is due out in February, 2006.

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