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The Piscataqua Maritime Commission presents USS Constitution and its famous 1997 Sail

Lieutenant Commander Claire V. Bloom, United States Navy, (Ret'd), will speak on the history of the USS Constitution and its 1997 sail.

This presentation, one of the Piscataqua Maritime Commission's (PMC's) series of Maritime Talks, will take place at the Moffatt-Ladd House's Warehouse, at 154 Market Street, Portsmouth, on Tuesday, October 23rd, at 7:00 pm.

Claire Bloom is no stranger to the Seacoast, as she served as the Administrative Officer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from 1992-1994.  After her service at the Shipyard, she had a very successful tour as the first woman to be the second-In-command of USS Constitution, the Navy’s three-masted square- rigged frigate in Boston, where she served from 1996-1998; after which Claire retired from the Navy.  It was during that tour, that the Constitution made an historic sail.


In July 1997, the 200-year-old warship, Constitution, sailed for the first time in 116 years. This unique event so captivated the American public that it was featured on the front page of almost every major newspaper and TV network and was the subject of at least three documentary films. This event did not occur without numerous hours of long and thoughtful planning, enormous energy, intense and unique training, and most importantly, inspiring teamwork.

After her Naval career, Claire founded, and is the Volunteer Executive Director of End 68 Hours of Hunger, a private non-profit organization established to confront the 68 hours of hunger experienced by some local children between the free lunch they receive in school on Friday and the free breakfast they receive in school on Monday.  End 68 Hours of Hunger is a 100% volunteer organization committing 100% of all funds donated to the purchase of food (unless the donor otherwise designates the funds to another purpose).  The organization currently feed more than 3000 children weekly in seven states through 42 programs.

Her personal awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (one award), the Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), the Charles Francis Adams Award from the USS Constitution Museum, the Margaret Cochran Corbin Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Toyota Award from SAPICS, the Champion of Human and Civil Rights award from the National Educators Association of New Hampshire, the 2015 South East Region Champion for Children award from the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service for 2016, and designation as a 2013and 2017 Purpose Prize Fellow.  She has master’s degrees in strategic Intelligence and Educational Leadership and is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Master Practitioner.


She is the author of “End 68 Hours of Hunger:  Ending Childhood Hunger in America, One School at a Time”, is the co-author of  “Getting Better:  My Journey Through Transverse Myelitis and Lessons for Health Care Providers, Patients and Families,” “The Journey:  Unleashing the Power of Business Integration,” and “All Systems Down,” and the editor of “Business Intelligence:  Lessons I Learned from the Oxymorons at Work” and “Intelligent Business:  Lessons I Learned from the Experts at Work.”


This program is free to members of the PMC and the Moffatt-Ladd House.  A $5 donation is requested from. nonmembers Refreshments will be served.

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