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Maritime Talks are given by authors and other experts on various maritime subjects of interest to the Seacoast population. They are free and open to the public. Refreshments are provided.  Postcard invitations are sent to those on our mailing list.  Announcements of place, time, speaker and topic can be found on this website, on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages and in the local newspapers.

If you would like to suggest a speaker or topic, please share your ideas with us. Contact Carl Gurtman, the PMC board member who organizes the series. He may be reached at


Next Talk:
Aug 7, 2017, 7:00 pm at the Moffatt-Ladd House Warehouse
154 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH
Featuring Captain Laurel Seaborn
Full Details:

The speaker is Captain Laurel Seaborn who will speak about her adventures under sail and her extensive sea time in all ship sail training programs. Her experience with sail training ties directly to the PMC’s Sea Challenge program which sponsors teens to a week at sea and has the potential to be a life-changing experience through the teaching of principles like teamwork and the acquisition of personal qualities like self-confidence.

Captain Seaborn received a Master’s degree in underwater archaeology and maritime history from East Carolina University. Her thesis focused on the seafaring women in the nineteenth century, which will soon be published as a book by Texas A&M University Press. She is currently working on her PhD in maritime history at the University of New Hampshire.

Anyone interested in tall ships or sail training should attend. For more information, please read the complete press release in the News section.

Cost - The public is invited for a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.

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