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History of Maritime College and Fort Schuyler

Overview

All information compiled by Joe Williams in Four Years Before the Mast: A History of New York's Maritime College.

Names of the Institution

Maritime College had several different names before incorporating with SUNY in 1949, as follows:

1873 – 1913:       New York Nautical School

1913 – 1929:       New York State Nautical School

1929 – 1941:       New York State Merchant Marine Academy

1941 – 1949:       New York State Maritime Academy

1949 – present:  State University of New York Maritime College

Training Ships

Hands-on training on ships has always been a vital part of the Maritime experience. The following is a list of the school's training ships since the school's founding. 

Name: St. Mary’s

Class: Sloop-of-War

Dates: Training ship for New York Nautical School from 1875-1908

 

Name: Newport

Class: Patrol Gunboat

Dates: Training ship for New York Nautical / New York State Nautical School from 1907 - 1931

 

Name: Empire State 

Class: Antares Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary, Flagship of Fleet Base Force, Shipping Board Vessel, Troop and Cargo Carrier

Dates: Training ship for the New York State Merchant Marine Academy / New York State Maritime Academy from 1931 - 1941

 

Name: Keystone State

Class: Coast Guard Cutter

Dates: Shared training ship for the New York State Maritime Academy from July 1, 1942 - August 7, 1942.

 

Name:  Alleghany; American Seafarer

Class: Coast Passenger Cargo Ship

Dates: Shared training ship for the New York State Maritime Academy from August 8, 1942 - December 12, 1942

 

Name:  Empire State II

Class: Artemis Class Attack Cargo Ship

Dates: Training ship for New York State Maritime Academy / SUNY Maritime College from 1946 - 1956

 

Name: Empire State III

Class: Comfort Class Hospital Ship

Dates: Training ship for SUNY Maritime College from 1956 - 1960

 

Name: Empire State IV

Class: Troop Transport; Military Sea Transport Service

Dates: Training ship for SUNY Maritime College from 1959 - 1973

 

Name: Empire State V

Class: Barrett Class Passenger Transport

Dates: Training ship for SUNY Maritime College from 1973 - 1990

 

Name: Empire State VI

Class:  Class Passenger / Cargo Vessel

Dates: Rebuilt in 1988 and given to SUNY Maritime College; still in use today


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