|The Board of Trustees of the Ocean Liner Museum have voted unanimously to transfer to the South Street Seaport Museum. After a two-decade search for an elusive Manhattan home, the Museum will move its collection and its membership rolls to South Street, effectively ending its 20-year, peripatetic existence.
Concomitantly, all OLM activities will cease—exhibitions at host cultural institutions, Sundays at Sea, the Ocean Liner Bazaar and publication of the Ocean Liner Gazette, this issue the final one. (However, one final Sunday at Sea and Ocean Liner Bazaar will take place later this fall.)
For your Editor/President, it has been a rewarding run, of overwhelming dedication to preserving the history of ocean liners, of a supportive network of members around the globe and a succession of informative ocean liner exhibitions which we have every confidence will be similarly pursued down at South Street in years to come.
Warmest thanks are in order: To all members for their long years of support; to first president Stephen Lash, who brought us together in 1982; to Anna Glen Vietor for years of financial support; to presidents Frank Trumbour and Michael Butler for their patient stewardships; to Thomas Ragan for his invaluable pro bono legal assistance; to Jack Fahy and Carol Ryan for coping with the transition; and, always, to the board of trustees who have presided over the dispiriting task of dissolving our organization and transferring its assets to another cultural institution.
When RMS Aquitania was en route north to be scrapped in 1950, a Royal Navy submarine passed at sea signaled what seems an appropriate farewell message for us all: GOODBYE WITH REGRET